The East Bay Integrative Pregnancy Project works in partnership with the birth community to empower underserved pregnant individuals to take control of their health care by providing integrative medicine treatments, health education, and a supportive community.
Alameda county has one of the highest risks of low birth weight and infant mortality in California. We offer a community center that provides acupuncture and nutritional classes to pregnant and postpartum individuals to help build a stronger and healthier future for communities and families in need. We believe that every person should have access to holistic prenatal care and that acupuncture and nutritional counseling should not be a luxury. Our goal is to ensure accessibility to complimentary medicine for people who lack the economic means. By providing ongoing and consistent emotional support for underserved pregnant individuals, we help build a community for people and their families and increase the awareness about complimentary and integrative medicine.
Dr. Jessica Parker, L.Ac., DAOM
Founder & Executive Director
Jessica is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and is the owner of Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine, a family practice in Oakland, CA. She has a diverse background including a broad range of experience in the healing arts, Chinese language, and expertise in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Jessica is currently a Doctorate Fellow at Five Branches University.
Jen Ross, L.Ac., MTCM
Co-Founder & Clinic Director
Jen is a Licensed Acupuncturist and is owner of Ross Acupuncture in Oakland, CA. She has a bachelor's degree in dietetics and was a Health Education Volunteer in Peace Corps Moldova. Jen draws on all of this experience to treat her patients, using the guiding principle that people follow the laws of nature.
Kasha Forgette, L.Ac., MTCM, CMT
Kasha is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and received her master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA. Kasha's specialties are: women's health, pregnancy, and postpartum care. Her passion is to provide healthcare and education to women, children, and families so they feel empowered to make healthy choices for the wellness of their families. Kasha now lives and practices in Santa Cruz, CA.
Nikole Maxey, L.Ac., MTCM
Nikole is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in Oakland and Berkeley. Nikole is dedicated to sharing the benefits of Chinese Medicine around the world and she spent two-months in Nepal volunteering with the Acupuncture Relief Project outside of Kathmandu, giving over 400 treatments to local residents. She is passionate about treating women at all stages of pregnancy with Chinese Medicine.
Amanda Paulson has over 10 years of experience helping nonprofits fulfill their missions through the use of effective technologies. Amanda was the Technology Director at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in Santa Cruz, California, where she learned how healthy food choices can benefit both people and the planet. In this role, and other at a sustainable seafood nonprofit, Fishwise, Amanda brought in new technology services to foster growth and effectiveness in their operations. Amanda is passionate about good food, health, and taking care of ourselves and our communities.
Jimi Gilroy has worked with families and children in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 16 years. Jimi currently works as a Program Assistant for WestEd as part of the Region IX Equity Assistance Center and as an assistive technologist for the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley's Senior Connects program. Jimi has worked in various non-profits including Compass Family Services, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, and the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. Jimi spent more than six years studying and working in mainland China and Central America where he learned to speak Spanish and Mandarin, as well as the benefits of Chinese medicine. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and spending time with his three adorable nieces.
Marnie McCurdy, L.Ac., MTCM
Marnie McCurdy has worked in the healing arts since 1996. She has been trained in several modalities of bodywork, Pilates, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and as a doula. She has worked in various non-profits including SAGE Project, Drug Court, Capp Street Community Clinic, Lifeline, and Mission Neighborhood Resource Center. Marnie is excited to be helping EBIPP with community outreach and in an area of medicine she has a great passion for: women and mothers. In her spare time she enjoys spending time cooking, dancing, and playing with her daughter. Marnie is the owner of East West Integrative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco.
Tachelle Allen is a Doula, healer and activist serving the Bay Area. Her formal education is in Medical Anthropology and she aims to be a practicing Midwife and Herbalist ultimately. Currently Tachelle works as a Doula and spends her free time studying healing systems specifically nutrition, herbalism, and gemstones. She hopes to utilize her skills to uplift underserviced communities, especially women and people of color.
Whitney Miley Price, CD, CPPD
Whitney is a Birth and Postpartum Doula serving new and growing families throughout the Bay Area. Previously, Whitney worked in the nonprofit sector as a Care Navigator for underserved women diagnosed with breast cancer. She also managed a Health and Wellness Program which gave women in treatment for breast cancer access to complementary and alternative therapies. Whitney is currently studying Herbal Medicine with Dr. Aviva Romm.