ABOUT US

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PROVIDER

Robin Schiesser, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

I became a patient of acupuncture and Eastern medicine in the way many people did before it became more mainstream–by getting sick and exhausting all of my western treatment options in search of healing. While working as a stressed-out magazine editor I began experiencing bladder infections and was prescribed round after round of antibiotics, yet my discomfort kept returning. Once my doctors could no longer detect any infection and my symptoms remained–with the addition of new digestive and immunity issues as a side effect of the antibiotics–the last one told me simply, “There’s nothing wrong with you. It’s all in your head.” 

By the time I agreed to try acupuncture on a friend’s suggestion I was desperate. (The first time I’d heard about acupuncture a few years prior I remember thinking, “WHY in the world would you let someone DO that to you,” imagining huge needles being poked into my sensitive skin.) But it was as if destiny had stepped in to put me on a healing path, one that I would fall in love with and recognize as my true vocation. 

Within weeks I began to feel relief from the urinary pain and frequency that I’d suffered for almost two years. I learned that receiving acupuncture can be not only virtually painless, but also can be profoundly relaxing. On my way to recovery I realized that I wanted to share this medicine with others who had been told there is no hope. I wanted to empower people to exercise their considerable influence over their own health. Every day since I decided to study acupuncture and Eastern medicine I have been so grateful to have found a healing modality that continues to enrich my own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing while helping and inspiring others to do so as well. 

Now I especially enjoy enhancing the fertility journey for women and men, alleviating all types of pain, soothing stress-related disorders such as insomnia and gastrointestinal concerns, and bringing relief from allergies with NAET-style treatments and traditional methods. 

After 20 years of private practice in Santa Monica, California, and Boulder, Colorado, I moved to Seattle last year with my partner who accepted a job here. I love the lush environment and look forward to lots of hiking, watching movies when it’s raining, gardening, playing with dogs and meeting you!

*Robin does not accept insurance but we can always try to superbill depending on out of network benefits

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PROVIDER

Jeanette Guzman-Machado, EAMP, MSAOM, LAc, LMT

Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and Massage Therapist

Jeanette discovered her passion for the human body in the eighth grade, when she was assigned a project in her health class and she chose to research a musculoskeletal condition of the low back. Being the daughter and sister of physicians, Jeanette used her mother’s medical books to research the pathophysiology of the lumbar spine and instantly fell in love with human anatomy and kinesiology, and was inspired to become a massage therapist.

 

Understanding the importance of movement for muscle tissue, Jeanette also became an NSCA-certified fitness trainer immediately after graduating from massage school. Her passion for human anatomy led Jeanette to volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) for Eastside Fire & Rescue, where she was motivated to deepen her knowledge in medicine. Jeanette was inspired to study Chinese Medicine with the goal to combine Eastern and Western therapies for the treatment and management of acute and chronic pain. Jeanette became intrigued by the physiological effects of pain, particularly unexplained pain in healthy individuals, when Western medicine was not enough to treat certain pain conditions. Her desire to do more for her massage therapy clients and her strong passion for medicine, lead Jeanette to Bastyr University where she graduated in 2017 with a dual major in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 


Jeanette focuses her techniques on manual therapy in conjunction with acupuncture for the facilitation of pain relief. Jeanette’s expertise includes Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, electroacupuncture, scalp and ear acupuncture, traditional Chinese cupping and Gua sha scraping therapy, tui na and moxibustion. Additionally, Jeanette is certified in Point Injection Therapy and received further training in Trigger Point Acupuncture. For massage therapy, she specializes exclusively in medical massage, deep tissue, and massage/acupuncture combination therapy. Her treatment skills include: acute and chronic neuromuscular and musculoskeletal pathologies, recent surgeries, previous and recent injuries, TMJ disorders, sinus issues, pregnancy massage, stress and anxiety disorders. Jeanette is currently certified by the state of Washington to practice intraoral massage and breast tissue massage for women with breast tissue reduction, mastectomy, breast implants, pregnant and lactating women. Additionally, Jeanette is also trained in reflexology, kinesio-taping and craniosacral therapy.


In addition to pain pathologies, Jeanette also uses Chinese medicine for the treatment and management of neuromuscular disorders such as recent and past stroke conditions, idiopathic and secondary neuropathy, muscular atrophy and sclerotic diseases. Jeanette was motivated to treat neuromuscular pathologies after her physician sister was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and she treated her sister with acupuncture and scalp acupuncture. Although there is no current cure for ALS, Chinese medicine helped her sister slowed down muscular atrophy and loss of sensorimotor functionality. Additionally, Jeanette participated in the research of the effectiveness of scalp acupuncture and electroacupuncture for post-stroke rehabilitation and is determined to bring awareness of this remarkable post-stroke therapy.
Jeanette was born in Venezuela but grew up in WA and speaks fluent Spanish. She is the proud mother of two children. 

 

*Jeanette does not accept insurance but we can always try to superbill depending on out of network benefits

 

Avigail Cohen Acupuncturist

OWNER/PROVIDER

Avigail Cohen L.Ac.

Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist

Clinic Director 

I have always loved to travel. With 3 passports and family all over the world, I spent many summers as a child visiting my grandparents in England and Israel. I had the opportunity to live abroad for several months in high school and college but really took advantage of my travel bug after college when I lived abroad, worked, and traveled for 4 years. I was seeking to learn as much as I could about many different diverse cultures, but also about their unique and alternative healing practices. I was fascinated by how many of these healing practices looked at the root of the issue and not just a 1 size fix for everyone.  I was a sponge taking in as much as I could.  I studied massage therapy in Tel-Aviv Israel, participated in a Reiki course in Katmandu, Nepal, took a Thai massage course in Chang Mai, Thailand and lived at a yoga ashram meditating and doing yoga several times a day in Rishikesh, India. When I traveled to China, I wanted to experience acupuncture firsthand and to learn more about their culture and their medicine. At that time, I was already thinking about going to acupuncture school. In 2000, I moved back to the United States from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to begin my acupuncture studies at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine here in Seattle. 

 

I became interested in Women’s Health, pregnancy, and postpartum care when I was pregnant with my first child in my final year of acupuncture school. I was living and breathing acupuncture at the time, but I was also immensely enjoying my pregnancy. I was amazed that my body knew what to do and how much acupuncture and Chinese herbs helped me during this time.  Acupuncture helped me sleep, deal with stress, manage my changing body’s aches & pains and helped my body prepare for labor. 

 

These days, I'm experiencing a new phase in my life. My children are transitioning from teens to young adults, and I'm moving through perimenopause. Now I can relate to a new phase of a woman's life, and I'm continuing to devote my personal  and professional experience to supporting, empowering, and serving as a resource for them. I want to create community for women as they are going through the different transitions of their lives.

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Office Manager

Jasmine Salters

Office Manager

Born in Washington and raised in a military family, I got the chance to travel and live in many different places across the US. I always knew I would be back to Washington, nothing can beat the beauty and calm home has to offer. In my free time I like to spend my time creating art, music, and enjoying the great outdoors with my dog. 

 

I have always had a passion for helping others, leading me down a path where I am lucky enough to connect with people every day. I try to use my time and influence to help our community through my work as much as possible. 

My experience in the beauty industry gave me a dedication to making others feel beautiful, not only on the outside but on the inside as well. One moment can change so much in someone's day, I aim to create an extraordinary experience for each and every person that walks through the door. 

I am thankful to be joining the BAC family and cannot wait to spread my wings.