John Luna-Sparks, clinic director
A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California and a nationally certified diplomate, clinic director John Luna-Sparks (he/him) is also the head Tai Chi instructor at White Magnolia. He was inspired to enter the field of Chinese medicine after suffering a debilitating neck injury that left him bedridden for four months. With acupuncture and Tai Chi, he was able to avoid surgery, come off painkillers and antidepressants, and resume his life again. “I wanted to help other people in pain see that there are time-honored avenues that really work,” he says. “Sometimes we need to remove barriers that get in the way of natural healing. Chinese medicine works by addressing root causes, identifying an imbalance, and restoring balance.”
“I wanted to help other people in pain see that there are time-honored avenues that really work,” he says. “Sometimes we need to remove barriers that get in the way of natural healing. Chinese medicine works by addressing root causes, identifying an imbalance, and restoring balance.”
John graduated in 2015 from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California, with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine. After acupuncture school, John completed the intensive Acupuncture Sports Medicine apprenticeship program with Dr. Whitfield Reaves, who pioneered the use of acupuncture with Western orthopedics. Previously John was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. He continues is private psychotherapy practice.
“I am passionate about helping others take charge of their health care, as I did, with options that target the root cause of the pain and minimize the use of drugs and surgery,” he says.
Licensure and certification
- California Licensed Acupuncturist, AC 16975
- NCCAOM Diplomate, National Board Certification (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCS 18924
- Certified Self Defense Instructor, Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower, International
- Member, California State Oriental Medicine Association
Additional training and study
- Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac.
- Dr. Miriam Marsolais, PhD
- John Nieters, L.Ac., DAOM
Dr. Zoe Linton, Acupuncture Associate
Dr. Zoe Linton (she/her) is an acupuncturist and herbalist licensed locally by the California State Board and nationally through NCCAOM. Zoe loves working with Chinese medicine because it allows her to work holistically with patients to fully address their health concerns in a noninvasive way.
Interested in acupuncture from an early age, when she job-shadowed a local acupuncturist as a sixth grader in Vermont, Zoe was reacquainted with its benefits when she suffered a riding accident during her work for the Forest Service in Montana. The injury left her with chronic back pain and a sense of dread about the future. “I felt the threads of this life I loved begin to unravel and come apart in my hands,” she says. She turned to a local acupuncturist, who was able to treat the pain and to explain what was happening anatomically to cause it.
“I felt the threads of this life I loved begin to unravel and come apart in my hands.”
The care and attention that Zoe’s acupuncturist gave her inspired her to circle back to acupuncture as a profession, and she began interning at the local clinic. “I loved the way Chinese Medicine takes into account a patient’s whole picture of health, and how the theory and practice felt more connected to the natural world. My pain was gone, and I was hooked.”
Zoe went on to graduate from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. As a student, she treated patients at GLIDE’s community acupuncture clinic, LifeLong Berkeley, DeHaro auricular clinic, and California Pacific Medical Center’s stroke and TBI rehabilitation unit.
As a practitioner, Zoe strives to make sure her patients are fully heard and empowered in their healthcare experience. She treats health issues such as pain management, musculoskeletal sports injuries, women’s health, dermatological concerns, and respiratory issues. Recently she has begun working with Dr. Whitfield Reaves as a part of his acupuncture sports medicine apprenticeship program.
“I loved the way Chinese Medicine take into account a patient’s whole picture of health, and how the theory and practice felt more connected to the natural world. My pain was gone, and I was hooked.”