Amy Hanks, MS, LAc been licensed and practicing acupuncture in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco since 2000, serving both Mandarin- and English-speaking clientele.

An early fascination with Chinese medicine led Amy to Asia in her late teens. There she attained fluency in Mandarin through the study of modern and classical Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University. She received her BA with honors from UC Berkeley, majoring in Asian Studies. Subsequently she apprenticed with the late Beijing/Bay Area acupuncturist George Zhenjing Zhao, and received her 4-year Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in 2000.

Amy served as an Assistant Professor for twelve years at two graduate schools:  the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco, and the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley.  Before retiring from teaching to focus on her practice she taught a wide range of courses, including acupuncture, Mandarin, Chinese philosophy, the history of Chinese medicine, a review course for the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam, and an introductory course for the public called “Demystifying Chinese Medicine.”

Amy is a compassionate healer dedicated to helping people optimize their health and vitality. She treats a wide range of conditions with a focus on repetitive strain injury, back and neck pain, tendinitis, anxiety and insomnia.

Amy is from a family of three generations actively involved in music, ranging from Western classical to swing, jazz and world music. As an adult she has studied koto (Japanese zither) and North Indian classical vocal music. She strives to help musicians and vocalists overcome conditions that inhibit artistic growth, development and performance.

Amy established the Musicians’ Acupuncture Project Community Clinic in San Francisco in 2007 in order to make her services more accessible to musicians of many income levels.  Since then she has treated an average of 30 musicians per week, serving members of the San Francisco Symphony and Opera, students and faculty of the SF Conservatory of Music, as well as an eclectic mix of professional and rising musicians from throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. She opened the Petaluma branch of MAP in 2010 to provide easier access to care for musicians residing in Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Free Your Qi
AsianWeek feature on Amy’s practice

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