Jade Mountain Practitioners

At Jade Mountain Health Centre , our practitioners offer a broad range of healing modalities based on a holistic approach, including acupuncture, bodywork, and psychotherapy.

Jade Mountain Health Center Practitioners

Jade Mountain staff, left to right:

Charlie Singer, Judy Pruzinsky, Martha Corrigan (front), Jessica Luehrs, Alyson Vanderbeck,
Lynda Chaikin, Randi O'Brien, Jené Turco, JuJu Kim, Gary Dolowich, Sena Dolowich, & Maria Marcuson
Absent from the photo:
Mischa Eovaldi, Nicole Heinrich, Lisa Piediscalzi

Gary Dolowich, M.D., B.Ac., Dipl.Ac., founder of Jade Mountain Health Centre, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1971 and then did general practice for seven years. To better address the roots of illness, he studied at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in England. For the past thirty-four years, he has integrated acupuncture, Zero Balancing, and Jungian psychology with Western biomedicine.


Gary started teaching Chinese Medicine as a faculty member of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland in 1983. He currently teaches at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida and the Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California.

He has contributed numerous articles to The Journal of Traditional Acupuncture. Gary is the author of Archetypal Acupuncture: Healing with the Five Elements, which is available from Jade Mountain Publishing. He also co-authored the book Ancient Roots, Many Branches: Energetics of Healing Across Cultures & Through Time with Darlena L'Orange.

The spiritual teachings of ancient China and the work of Carl Jung have long been an inspiration to Gary on his own life journey.

Dr. Dolowich offers workshops around the country in Archetypal Acupuncture™, his own synthesis of the traditional Five Element model with Jungian archetypal thinking.

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Sena Dolowich, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her M.S.S. degree from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work.

She has over 30 years experience in agency settings including renal dialysis, adoption and foster care. Sena has maintained a psychotherapy practice since 1981, focusing on the challenges posed by personal and family growth, life transitions, couples work, medical conditions and grief/loss issues.


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We have a number of skilled acupuncturists who are licensed in California:

Charles Singer, R.N., L.Ac. Dipl. NBOA


Charlie earned his nursing degree in 1980 and Masters of Acupuncture in 1988. He currently practices intensive care nursing and in his Five Element acupuncture practice has a special interest in general medicine, addiction, and orthopedic conditions. He holds Diplomat status for the National Board of Orthopedic Acupuncture.

Judy Pruzinsky, L.Ac.


Judy specializes in Five Element acupuncture to address emotional as well as physical disorders. As a licensed herbalist, Judy uses herbal medicine as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. She has a Masters in Medical Qigong, enabling her to treat without needles, and practices Chi Nei Tsag, a Taoist form of abdominal massage. Judy is on the faculty of Five Branches Institute.

Jessica Luehrs,
L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.


Jessica is an acupuncturist and herbologist, having received her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. In addition, she is a Structural Integration Practitioner of the Ida Rolf method and has practiced Rolfing for the last 13 years. Her specialties include pain, allergies, oncology, digestive disorders and family medicine. With deep compassion and a fun, energetic demeanor, Jessica and her patients work together to prevent disease and maintain balance.

JuJu Kim, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M


JuJu is an acupuncturist, herbalist, certified massage therapist, and yoga teacher. She specializes in pain and stress management, women’s health, digestive disorders, diet and nutrition, and general medicine. Her treatments incorporate Chinese medicine, hands-on bodywork, and yoga therapy to create a personalized approach to healing. She is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from NCCAOM, and is a member of both the California Oriental Medical Association and the American Acupuncture Council.

Lisa Piediscalzi, L.Ac., IBCLC


Lisa is an acupuncturist, craniosacral therapist and lactation consultant specializing in providing care for families during the postpartum years. Home visits available for newborns and infants who are experiencing breastfeeding challenges.

We also have highly effective health care practitioners offering a variety of therapies:

Lynda Chaikin

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Lynda is a Certified Advanced ThetaHealer and ThetaHealing Instructor with 29 years of experience as a holistic health professional.  ThetaHealing is a form of energy healing that offers an efficient and effective way to resolve physical, emotional and financial health concerns.  Lynda teaches this self-healing modality in the Santa Cruz area.

Martha Corrigan


Martha is a licensed massage therapist with over 25 years experience in a variety of bodywork modalities, including deep tissue integration and polarity. She specializes in craniosacral therapy, which is a system that gently balances the bones of the skull and the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in order to encourage optimum function and health.

Mischa Eovaldi, LCSW


Mischa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1989, receiving her MSW from San Jose State. She has worked at Family Services, Youth Services, Headstart, SCAP, and Heartland Home Health and Hospice. Mischa works with individuals, couples, adolescents, the elderly, and Spanish speaking clients. She specializes in E.M.D.R. and Mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Nicole Heinrich,


Nicole is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher. Nicole has more than 20 years of experience integrating experiential, somatic and relational models to help people explore and change limiting mind/body patterns. She also has over 25 years of experience as a professional bodywork and massage therapist.

Maria Marcusson,


Maria has been practicing massage and bodywork since 1981, offering a flowing style of deep tissue Swedish massage that helps her clients surrender to deeper levels of relaxation and renewal. She earned her nursing license in 2011, and enjoys using her RN skills at Jade Mountain. Maria's areas of interest include rehabilitative nursing and palliative care.

Alyson Vanderbeck, CMT


Alyson has been practicing Massage Therapy in both clinical and private practice settings since 1985. She specializes in an integrative Swedish deep tissue style.

Our wonderful office staff keeps our treatments at Jade Mountain flowing smoothly and efficiently:

Randi O'Brien

Office Manager and Bookkeeper

Maria Marcusson

Registered nurse and Receptionist

Jené Turco Receptionist

Jade Mountain Health Centre
8065 Aptos St.    Aptos, CA.   95003
Telephone 831-685-1800
Fax 831-685-0108
Email wellness@jademountain.net
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