“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go,
so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save
the world is ultimately a personal one.”
- Marianne Williamson
Modern Alchemy Patients & Friends
Please take a few moments to hear what other people, similar to you, are saying about Modern Alchemy Acupuncture and Carlyn Montes De Oca.
"I had never tried acupuncture before and had always been afraid of it. But when my wife recommended it to help me with stress, I discovered how amazing it is. Carlyn is incredibly gentle and caring with her acupuncture treatments and each session feels like a mini vacation.
I'm always under a lot of pressure due to work, and the regular sessions with Carlyn help me stay balanced and full of energy. She tailors the treatments to help with stomach issues, back strain, or whatever else is bothering me that week. She also gives great advice on nutrition and nutritional supplements to help me with a healthy lifestyle."
-J.F. Lawton, Screenwriter, “Pretty Woman”, “Under Siege”
“In the world of health care practitioners, I feel fortunate to have discovered Carlyn, both for myself and for my coaching clients who are looking for solutions to their health care needs. I only refer my clients to other professionals I am completely confident will provide the best possible services. As an Acupuncturist and Nutritional Consultant, Carlyn is top flight in her dedication, her breadth of knowledge, her responsiveness to each individual, and of course her treatment skills. I can't recommend her too highly!”
-Ruth Kalter, Psy.D., True to Life Coaching
“I was referred to Carlyn Montes De Oca for nutrition and acupuncture, after a series of very disappointing and discouraging appointments, with some of the best allergy specialists in The Bay Area. After spending literally thousands of dollars on testing, with no definitive results, I was beginning to think I would never lead a normal, healthy life again. Three different doctors told me that they could not find the cause of my frequent allergy shock, a condition that sent me to the emergency room frequently. My life was being constricted by the constant fear of another severe allergy shock, but I still had no idea what was causing the allergy. When I consulted with Carlyn it was obvious that she is thorough, knowledgeable and meticulous, by her questions. She took the time to go over a detailed analysis of my collective symptoms, taking into account my diet and lifestyle. By the end of the appointment she had a well-based theory about my condition, and the relationship between my blood sugar and the allergy attacks.
It turns out that she was exactly right and my health along with my physician, have confirmed this. It is simply amazing to me that Carlyn was able to ascertain the cause of the problem, just by asking the right questions. Her logic was more valuable than any of the medical tests or advice I received from renowned experts!
I have not had one allergy shock episode since I went to see Carlyn. She helped me form a multi-faceted plan to treat my allergies, as well as other areas of concern such as nutrition. She has educated me on many valuable aspects of how I can be in control of my own well-being, and I feel the benefits of her influence in my daily health. Carlyn is unusually caring, sincere and dedicated, and I would recommend her to anyone that I care about. She has my complete confidence.”
- Anne M.
“I decided to work with Carlyn for various reasons, but highest on my list was stress, which had led to two anxiety attacks. I considered myself exceptionally healthy since I had no medical conditions and have always had excellent blood pressure and blood work results. I also was an avid runner and maintained a very healthy diet. However, despite my regular exercise and healthy lifestyle, I was having difficulty managing all of the stress in my life. I remember my stress level at a 9/10 going into my first acupuncture appointment with Carlyn. Upon leaving I was stunned to
recognize that it was down to a 2. In addition, I also felt at peace and balanced.
Through her exceptional skills and gifts, Carlyn has significantly reduced my stress level without anything else in my life changing. In fact, my life has become more stressful, but I have become more calm, at peace and joyful, and have not had an anxiety attack since working with her. In addition, neck pain/tension, premenstrual symptoms and menstrual cramps have been significantly reduced.
Finally, Carlyn has a calm, caring and accepting way, which makes dialogue about my health concerns, flow with ease. She also exudes a gentle and sensitive confidence, which combined with her skill, talent and vast knowledge, makes her a truly exceptional healer.
The best gift I’ve given myself this year is working with Carlyn. And I look forward to working with her for years to come.”
- Trese B., R.N.
“I am fortunate to have excellent health and have been going to Carlyn for the last several months for Esoteric Acupuncture treatments. Her acupuncture treatments are quite different from other practitioners I’ve gone to and the results I’ve experienced are quite amazing. After each treatment I’ve noticed cellular shifts resulting in a sense of centeredness and increased energy, which are quite profound. I highly value her nutritional counseling, which I have found to be valuable and insightful. Her treatments and advice have enabled me to attain a core level of health and wellbeing that I would not otherwise been able to attain.”
-David Barth, C.F.O., Architectural Firm
“My experience with esoteric acupuncture is that it is both gentle and powerful. I feel energetically cleansed and nourished when I’m receiving esoteric acupuncture, and I feel and sense connections and energy movement on various levels. Carlyn is a gentle and caring practitioner and I have found esoteric acupuncture to be very effective. Carlyn makes a careful assessment before each session, and she gently offers helpful suggestions for my health and well-being. After the acupuncture I feel relaxed and connected to my body. I’ve described it to friends as “the way I would feel after a really, really good massage, only different.” It’s like my whole body and soul have been tended to, and I leave feeling very good and with renewed dedication to my self-care and well-being.”
“I went to Carlyn Montes De Oca after two months of excruciating neck and shoulder pain. Medications and my yoga practice had not helped to heal the injury or ease the discomfort, and my job at the time required me to sit at a desk, working on a computer, for hours. This only aggravated the injury. I walked around in a constant state of clenched shoulders and with a headache that would start around eleven a.m. and gain in ferocity throughout the day. I was unable to sleep at night due to discomfort. My haggard expression showed the toll the pain was taking on my system. At one point, I was ingesting so much Excedrin, Tylenol or Advil every day that I felt like I was single-handedly keeping the over the counter analgesic industry in business.
Needless to say, I was desperate for healing and relief. After the very first session of combined acupuncture and therapeutic massage, I walked out the door relaxed and heartened. The pain in my shoulder had receded and my headache was gone. Her acupuncture technique was painless and the offices were a soothing sanctuary of calm and regeneration. Carlyn also helped me devise a balanced eating plan enhanced with supplements tailored to my specific health issues. After several more weeks under Carlyn’s care, I felt better and my mood improved. Anyone who wants to get themselves healthy and better equipped to deal with their health should go see this exceptional and intuitive healer.”
- Maria Jacquemetton, Writer & Producer, “Mad Men”
“I have tried several different acupuncturists and know how valuable treatments can be. But Carlyn has a special gift. Her sessions are incredibly relaxing and effective. I never realized how much better I could feel, both physically and mentally, until beginning regular treatments with Carlyn. Now instead of letting knots, sore muscles, and stress build up and dictate how I live, Carlyn addresses my problems and eases my mind. “
-Teresa Lawton, Executive Producer “Jackson”
“I have been really pleased with the success that has transpired with the health concerns that I presented with, to Carlyn Montes De Oca. She has remarkable skill in alleviating all of the concerns I have had. She is very calm and steady and gives a very comforting sense when I am in her care. I honestly am relieved of the complaints I had initially. Because of her excellent skill with acupuncture, I am planning to continue on a monthly basis with her in order to keep up the general good feeling I have received under her care. “
- Anne C.
“I recently went to see Carlyn because my ankle and knee were swollen and completely covered in blisters from an accident. After her treatment, the swelling had gone visibly down, my circulation was greatly improved, and I began to heal much quicker than before I had seen her. Carlyn takes the time to explain how your health is intertwined with what is happening in your life and what you are feeding yourself. The changes in my health have been subtle yet deep. My stress level is lower and I have never felt better! I highly recommend Carlyn to everyone I know, whether they have a specific complaint or not.”
- Jennifer J.
“I initially went to see Carlyn Montes De Oca at Modern Alchemy Acupuncture for ongoing pain from two car accidents. Not only has she helped me with my initial complaint of pain, but also with PMS symptoms, improving my immune system and improving my energy level. I really feel that she treats the whole body and mind, not just the pain. She has also advised me on nutrition, supplements and so much more.
I also think she is a caring person and I trust her. She is easy to talk to and very gentle. I highly recommend Carlyn for Acupuncture.”
- Karima S.
"I am so happy that I went to see Carlyn! She is helping me to conquer my sugar addiction and has recommended some wonderful supplements. I have been feeling more balanced and am sleeping much better than I have in years. Carlyn was incredibly thorough in gathering information about me and as a result was able to give me a very in-depth analysis of the issues we needed to address. I am looking forward to beginning my acupuncture sessions with Carlyn to continue improving my overall health and well-being.”
- Molly C.
Recently Carlyn Montes De Oca completed multiple acupuncture treatments for an injured hand and an unrelated shoulder bursitis. Although I held some skepticism for acupuncture, I thought I would give it a try. I found Carlyn to be highly competent and very focused on my treatment and cure. In addition to the conventional acupuncture treatments, I also received highly effective electric stimulation which I found to be not only healing, but downright pleasant. Carlyn also provided some great tips for nutrition, exercise, stretching etc. Carlyn's style of care is most professional and she delivers with a great bedside manner. I highly recommend Carlyn as an effective substitute for traditional western medical care and/or drugs. The results I received exceeded my expectations, truly healed my south paw and shoulder, and left me feeling much much better overall. She rocks.
- Kendall Kramer CFP
To all of my wonderful patients who have graced and honored me with their presence and the opportunity to share in their journey…
….thank you, thank you, thank you.