Ballard Acupuncture Center provides functional medicine, acupuncture, fertility treatments and other holistic healthcare services.
Functional medicine utilizes lab testing to assess all of your body’s systems and help find the root cause of your condition. Developed by the Chinese over 3,000 years ago, acupuncture uses ultra-fine needles to help relieve pain, treat various ailments and achieve a more balanced, energetic state. By offering both approaches, we can take advantage of the latest in modern testing, as well as the wisdom and experience of a centuries-old tradition.
We also specialize in helping couples get pregnant naturally or with the assistance of IVF. Every couple is on a different reproductive path and we can help at any stage of their journey.
We view all our treatments as an ongoing partnership to help create wellness and balance in your life. We’ll work closely with you to find the treatment plan that is right for your body, spirit and goals.
Avigail Cohen L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Owner
I love to help people bring their bodies back into balance through acupuncture, diet and lifestyle changes.
After working as a massage therapist for several years I knew I wanted to be able to help people even more. Acupuncture and Functional Medicine gives me the opportunity to address many conditions that I wasn’t able to do with massage therapy alone. I treat the whole person and adjust your care based on your body, your life and your goals.
I love being able to tailor my treatments very specifically for each patient based on your lab results and the information you share with me. I’m a licensed acupuncturist and a functional medicine practitioner with 13 years of clinical experience.
A licensed acupuncturist in Washington State, I’m board certified with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Washington Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association. I've studied functional medicine with my mentor Dr. Dan Kalish at The Kalish Institute.
I graduated from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003 with a Masters in Acupuncture and have a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
I live in Seattle with my husband and two children.
Chika Takahashi, N.D., L.Ac./EAMP, RD (Jp)
Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist/East Asian Medicine Practitioner, Registered Dietician (Japan)
I truly believe that treating people as a whole and choosing what is the best for that particular person is a most important thing to achieve optimal and enhanced health.
With degrees in Naturopathic medicine, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition, I have a comprehensive knowledge and skill to treat patients. I also have advanced training in Digestive Health, Weight Management, Women and Children/Adolescent’s Health, Hormonal Therapies, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Biocranial Technique, Trigger Point Therapy, Painless Acupuncture (Acu-Pressure, Japanese Acupuncture, Tuning Fork Therapy), Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, Pain Management, Emergency Medicine, IV therapy, Cancer Adjunctive Care and Behavioral Health.
I graduated from Bastyr University with Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I also have active Registered Dietitian license in Japan, with more than 10 years of work experiences and 3000 cases serving a wide range of cultures and populations in both developed and developing countries.
I live in Seattle with my partner and two furry children.
I was born in Japan, raised in Hawaii and worked in Cambodia before I came to Seattle.
Greetings and salutations! I am a transplant from Massachusetts, with a deep love for natural beauty. As a woman of many skills and interests, I am excited to be here and able to share my talents with the Ballard community. I earned a BS degree in health studies from Boston University and have been a licensed massage therapist for the past 9 years. I am a long time yoga practitioner and have received instructor certifications in 3 different traditions. My practice integrates many techniques that promote healing through energy rebalancing and thus I hold a great respect for acupuncture and herbal medicine. I couldn’t be happier to be working with Avigail.
I offer Thai Massage and Craniosacral Therapy at Ballard Acupuncture Center and you can find more information about it at
Things I like to do in my free time include meditation, dancing, biking, hiking, and slow walks in nature. I also have been known to create delicious no-bake goodies and love a good dinner party!
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn’t hear the music.” (Nietzsche)
Hi! I am Nicole, the office manager at Ballard Acupuncture Center. I have a deep love and appreciation for acupuncture and holistic medicine, with a background in many natural health modalities. Natural health care advocacy is a passion of mine and I am thrilled to be a team member to these amazing practitioners and to support all of you in your health care journey here at BAC.
I spend most of my time away from BAC cooking delicious, nutritious meals with my partner, as well as partaking in the physically intense sport of Cross Fit. Together, these life style choices have made a huge difference to my personal health along with natural health modalities. I am also a singer songwriter, a strong supporter and appreciator of the WHL (junior hockey league) here in Seattle and enjoy the beauty and refreshment of outdoor activity as often as possible.