Our Clinic & Practitioners
At Enspirit Wellness we take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle and your health goals. After a comprehensive evaluation that includes a full health history, review of recent lab work and physical examination, we work with you to create a wellness road map designed to restore integrity to the mind and body, renew your sense of Self and redesign your lifestyle so that you live a long, healthy and active life. After your initial evaluation you will begin to implement your plan by making an appointment with one or more of our practitioners. Your progress toward meeting your health goals and the road map to get there will be re-evaluated at regular intervals to ensure that we are on the right track and meeting your health needs.
Whether you are in pain, stressed, have difficulty sleeping, suffer from fatigue, depression, headaches, allergies or any other imbalance that keeps one from living a healthy and thriving life, we at Enspirit Wellness bring a diverse and rich variety of tools to assist you in making educated progress on the road to wellness. All of the Acupuncturists are licensed practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, lifestyle counseling and Asian-style bodywork techniques.
We are dedicated to providing our clients with the most updated research and education so that you may make informed, progressive choices about your health and the health of your family. We invite you to explore our site, check out our informational health blog and come to our educational seminars.
Elena Fiallo, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Flower Essence Practitioner
Elena earned her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California, where she graduated at the top of her class. Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree, she received a Bachelors Degree from San Francisco State University and spent several years studying abroad in East Africa and Latin America. Six years of study and clinical experience at Emperor’s College opened up the world of body, mind, spirit medicine and it has become the primary tool Elena uses to guide people on the path to wellness. Read More
Additionally, Elena is a consultant for nonprofit and government agencies in Los Angeles County and has spent the last 12 years working with individuals and families struggling with homelessness. She is currently the “naturista” on a Latino health project through St. Joseph Center, in Venice CA, that integrates behavioral health treatment strategies, western medicine and traditional (complementary) medicine practices.
Kaci Coffee, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner
Kaci was introduced to Acupuncture and Chinese medicine during college when she suffered a shoulder injury while playing Div I softball at the University of Mississippi. She was intrigued by the medicine and the way the Doctor of Chinese Medicine took the mind, body and spirit into consideration while treating a simple rotator cuff tear. She always felt that anything we don’t acknowledge and process on an emotional level will manifest physically. Finally, she had crossed paths with an ancient medicine that provided a model to facilitate healing by treating the root of the imbalance. After Kaci earned her B.A. in Psychology she began studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Read More
Kaci Coffee earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica, CA in December 2006 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Upon completion of her 4-year program she began a private practice in Santa Monica, Ca. During that time she was also a technical supervisor in the acupuncture clinic at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica.
She feels it is her responsibility as a health care practitioner to encourage patients to become proactive in their approach to health because, ultimately, disease as well as healing, begins within. She can temporarily help a patient feel better, but often times a patient must make lifestyle changes to be able to experience lasting emotional, physical and spiritual balance. She does her best to be a positive catalyst in her patient’s lives to help them discover what it will take for them to approach and hopefully achieve balance.
Kaci finds balance in her life by being in nature. She loves hiking, running on the beach, boxing, snow/water skiing and traveling to new lands. She also enjoys yoga and meditation, which help quiet her mind and nurture her spirit.
Jay Bulloch, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., DAOM
Jay Bulloch M.T.O.M, L.Ac (Licensed Acupuncturist) has been a practitioner and teacher of healing arts since 2001. His professional expertise includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), medical qigong, and various forms of therapeutic exercise and meditation. In his private practice, he focuses on sports medicine, orthopedic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), integrating multiple modalities of treatment to assist in the rehabilitation of pain and trauma. Read More
Jay has extensive experience treating both chronic and acute pain, injuries, inhibited mobility and balance problems, and trauma related pathology. He also has considerable expertise in the practice of internal medicine and helps patients with issues such as autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal complaints, respiratory problems, neurological conditions, adrenal exhaustion, chronic stress, preventative medicine, and wellness regimens for promoting optimal well-being.
Jay’s comprehensive medical, martial art, qigong, and meditation training, which spans over more than 25 years, has given him a superior understanding of the body/mind paradigm and how it relates to illness and healing. He utilizes a comprehensive and integrated approach to help resolve complex health issues by addressing the root of illness rather than focusing on the treatment of symptoms alone.
Jay graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emperor’s College with a Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2006. He is currently conducting postdoctoral research for a clinical Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine on the use of acupuncture for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma related pathology.
Vanessa Ferandell, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Myofacial Release Therapist, Reiki Practitioner
Vanessa became licensed in massage therapy in 2003 with a specialization in Myofascial Release, and has actively worked as a massage therapist for over ten years. In 2004 she trained and received certification with Anusara Yoga teacher training. Vanessa realized she could be a more effective healer with a deeper modality and in 2008; she completed her Master’s program at Emperor’s College, Santa Monica, in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Herbology. Vanessa became a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist in 2010. Read More
Attending Acupuncture school, continuing study in various acupuncture specialties, and gaining expertise in various massage techniques was essential to Vanessa’s integrated approach in delivering healing arts to patients. Some of her focuses at present are: stress management, headache/migraines, TMJ, gastro-intestinal issues, facial rejuvenation, and sleeping disorders. She also facilitates the body’s natural healing with Chinese herbal formulas and massage. Clients discover that Vanessa often combines her many skills with an intuitive sense of what is needed at the moment.
Annie Hikido L.Ac.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Annie Hikido started learning a variety of martial arts. This, along with a meditative practice, sparked an interest in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She earned her master’s from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2009 and became a licensed acupuncturist in 2010. Read More
Annie believes every person has a specific path with unique challenges. She enjoys working with each patient to find the treatment that best fits, and finds acupuncture to be an exciting and versatile medicine. Annie’s own path has led her to have great compassion for those suffering with grief and depression, and she loves using acupuncture to help her patients both emotionally and physically.
Justin Otomo L.Ac.
Justin Otomo L.Ac. is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Medicine in 2007 and attended the prestigious externship at UCLA Arthur Ashe Center in Westwood, CA. Read More
With a strong background in athletics, sports and fitness for the past 14 years, Justin specializes in Integrative Sports Medicine and Pain Management, both for acute and chronic pain disorders and likes to take a “multi-directional approach to injury, illness and disease,” which take into account the western diagnosis and utilizing traditional and safe therapies like Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Massage to improve the quality of his patients’ lives. An educator at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Justin brings a wide range of experience from both private practice as well as working in the spa and fitness industries in the international setting.
Virginia Prior, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., DAOM
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Fertility Specialist
Virginia has been practicing acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over a decade in Los Angeles, holding a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and licensed nationally and in the state of California. She is a Diplomat in Asian Medicine as well as a Certified Herbalist and Asian Medical Nutritionist. Virginia received her Doctorate specializing in Integrative Reproductive Medicine, completing a dissertation on the effects of TCM on DNA fragmentation in spermatozoa. With her specialized training, Virginia has been able to work with some of the top fertility and endocrinology clinics in Southern California to help people overcome hormonal and reproductive challenges, helping hundreds of women to conceive and give birth to healthy, happy babies. Read More
Virginia is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Her combination of Western and Eastern training allow her to care for her fertility patients in the most comprehensive and effective way possible, while maintaining a natural and holistic approach.
She is well loved by her patients for her compassion, insight and gentle, pain-free needling technique. Before beginning her successful work in the field of acupuncture and integrative reproductive medicine, Virginia worked in Cardiology on clinical trials as a Research Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic. While completing her thesis, Virginia was chosen for a fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she worked with MD’s to treat pediatric illnesses. Her recent studies in Taiwan have helped her to gain a better understanding of how to treat neurological disorders and use herbal medicine along with western medicine to encourage modulation of immune response and to heal complex disorders. Today, Virginia combines her knowledge of acupuncture, Western & Eastern medicine, nutrition, lifestyle guidance, energy work and herbal medicine & supplements to skillfully treat a myriad of disorders and health concerns, ranging from pain and auto-immune disorders, to colds & flu’s. Her passion for helping others enables her to successfully facilitate within her patients deep healing and attainment of radiant health and vitality.
In addition to treating patients at Enspirit Wellness, Virginia is a faculty member at Yo San University, a researcher and lecturer, fully dedicated to medicine and to integrating both traditional and current approaches. Creating a space to heal, Virginia is able to guide and support patients through their journey towards health and happiness.
Mary Ann Vaughn
Holistic Health Practitioner, Licensed Esthetician and Registered Yoga Instructor
Mary Ann believes strongly in mind, body and spirit integration in regards to healthcare. As a Holistic Health Practitioner, she utilizes many different modalities to address discomfort in the body. Whether it is utilizing deep tissue techniques, cranio-sacral therapy, bamboo-fusion massage or Acutonic’s, Mary Ann prefers to customize the treatment to the specific need of her patient. Mary Ann especially enjoys working in an integrative environment where many different modalities are accessible to the healing of the person. Read More
Mary Ann has extensive knowledge in skin care therapy and importance of skin care is often coupled with the massage treatment. Whether you choose an organic or cosmeceutical product, Mary Ann can help you achieve the look with your skin that you desire. Additionally, yoga is a very important part of balance to Mary Ann; whether it is in her personal practice, working one on one, or teaching a class. Mary Ann uses yoga as a tool to help reduce stress and frustration, facilitate a meditation practice, and strengthen the muscles while providing flexibility in the process.
Licensed Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Care Practitioner and Reiki Practitioner
Jimena has a Bachelor of Arts in Art from California State University, Fullerton. She has a corporate background but has always found the field of massage therapy very interesting and rewarding. She strongly believes that if one can learn how to balance one’s physical, mental, and spiritual body, once can facilitate the healing process much faster. Because she had the strong desire to help others achieve a better life, including hers as well, she pursued the Holistic Health Care Practitioner degree from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills, California. Read More
She is competent in various modalities, such as Swedish/Relaxation Massage, Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Spa Techniques, Shiatsu, Reiki, and Reflexology. She is excited to empower her clients with the benefits of massage therapy to help them improve their overall well-being.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Luis completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree, with majors in Sports Medicine and Sports Training Techniques, at the Liberator Pedagogical University in Caracas, Venezuela. After college In Venezuela Luis worked as a P.E. teacher and swimming coach at the international German “ Humboldt High School” and as lab facilitator on a Morphology and Body composition national research Project called “Youth.”, Once in California, he started to work in the healthcare industry at various levels and positions from Paramedical Examiner to health coach, wellness and fitness screener. Read More
Luis became a California Certified Massage Therapist in 1997 and graduated from the American Institute of Massage Therapy and the Sports Massage Training Institute. He was fortunate to study under the teachings and training of world recognized, and late Dr. M.K. Hungerford, PhD PT, former president of the American Physical Association, and therapist for JFK, Jacqueline Onassis among others. Since 1997, Luis has been providing maintenance, pre, post events sports massage as well as treatments for work related injuries from pre/post surgical and rehabilitation periods.
As a massage therapist and supervisor, Luis worked for one of the biggest Occupational Medicine Clinics in the country, which treated occupational injured workers. He recognizes the importance of massage therapy and restorative exercise as a critical tool in helping patients repair and recover from muscle skeletal and health related injuries.
Luis volunteered and participated on the most important sports events in California and Hawaii, from the Special Olympics, Run for the Cure, MS, Iron Man Triathlon, to the La Marathon. As a former College water polo player he believes in massage therapy as a complementary therapy for helping patients, athletes and individuals reach a better health.
Trish Halverson, CMT
Licensed Massage Therapist, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Trish has a passion for fitness and nutrition. A certified Massage Therapist since 1992, specializing in Soft Tissue injury and Recovery. Trish brings many years of practice with a wide range of extensive training, working in the offices of Physical Therapist, Chiropractic Doctors, and has been a part of Athletes First recovery program for professional athletes. Read More
Her dedication to understand how the body works and love for vibrant health allows her thrive to be an excellent Therapeutic Sports & Soft Tissue Therapist and Health Coach. She’s accustomed to working with a variety of clients, athletes, and children, all who suffer with pain, injury or discomfort:
• Low back issues
• Overuse or Repetitive Injuries
• Sports Trauma
• Post Surgery
Her professional goal is to optimize your potential to heal be well and thrive.
Heather Rachell Post, CMT
Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Care Practitioner
Heather Post joined the health and wellness field because of her passion for helping others. Soon after graduating high school she attended Career Networks Institute where she completed over 1,250 hours of schooling to become a Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Care Practitioner. Heather has been massaging since 2006, she’s a deep tissue massage therapist who knows how to find the problem areas and relax the muscles. She makes custom massage plans for her clients to help them on their way to a pain free life, whether you prefer a deep tissue massage, relaxation massage, or have a specific problem area that needs relief.
Vanessa Baustista, RD
Vanessa Bautista is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist applying clinical nutrition therapy through an individualized, evidence-based, consultative approach to improve and prevent disease. She earned her Bachelors of Science in food and Nutritional Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino and furthered her education as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through Oakwood University. Vanessa works with and has support from various clinicians including gastroenterologist, nephrologists, and cardiologists. Vanessa also works as a Renal Dietitian at UC Irvine medical center where she educates and treats patients with Chronic Renal disease. She works with adults in management of diabetes, weight loss, and disease prevention. She has spoken on topics such as diabetes, healthy eating, and weight management. Vanessa believes that there is an innate ability for all individuals to reach and maximize their health potential. Vanessa is dedicated to assisting and revitalizing the excellence in each of her clients.