Frances Wocicki, LAc, MA, MSOM
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine
Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology
Certificate in Medical Qi Gong
Master of Education
It's hard to get an idea of who someone really is without a face-to-face meeting, and finding a good match with a practitioner is important. Below I have outlined my training and background, and sprinkled it with a few personal tidbits in order to help you to get some idea of who I am.
I've come to realize that the single most important fact about me as a practitioner is that my medical practice is sacred to me, and serves as a spiritual folcrum. What this means is that I put my all into every single person who comes to see me, and respect your particular place on your journey. If I believe there is someone else, or another modality, that can better serve you, I will let you know and provide referrals.
The other important thing about me is that I like to balance serious with silly. I firmly believe laughter is one of the best medicines!
My Education and Training
I am a licensed acupuncturist in California and the owner, acupuncturist, and herbalist of Crow Heart Acupuncture & Herbs. I practice out of two clinic locations, one in the Rockridge-ish neighborhood of North Oakland, and the other in Albany on Pomona Avenue, right off of Solano.
I earned a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
I am also a graduate of Dr. Suzanne Friedmanʼs certificate program in Medical QiGong, a deep and effective healing energy work based on the principles of Chinese Medicine.
Since 2011, I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to study under a mentor, the renowned acupuncturist and herbalist Dr. Robert Levine, who specializes in both Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Since 2014, I have also been highly fortunate to begin studying under my mentor's mentor, Dr. Kalsang Wangyal, a doctor of Tibetan medicine and a Buddhist monk.
In addition to studying under two wise mentors, I have completed advanced training in nutrition therapy, Chinese herbs, fertility and reproductive health, pain relief, gastrointestinal disorders, dermatology, and endocrine disorders.
Alongside my private practice, I have worked part time as a clinical supervisor at outreach events for my acupuncture alma mater, AIMC, Berkeley.
My Background / Interests
Prior to my studies in traditional medicine, I earned advanced degrees in Education and Medical Anthropology and have worked as a teacher, writer, fertility counselor, art and film exhibition coordinator and fundraiser, and as a Western lowland gorilla researcher and caregiver.
I am of Italian, Serbian-Croatian, and Hungarian descents, with my ancestors all immigrating to the United States around 1900. My ancestral roots and my family history are important to who I am. I grew up in northeast Ohio and currently live in Berkeley with my husband and one cattle dog. I take many long walks, enjoy riding my bike, and like to grow food, flowers, and herbs in our garden. I am in the love with the natural world. I also spend a great deal of time in the kitchen cooking. Moving meditation is central to my life, my practice, and my well being.