Practitioners

For us, it’s personal.
Our board-certified acupuncturists are dedicated, experienced, and passionate about caring for our patients.

Cindy Trang, LAc, DAOM

Board Certified Acupuncturist
Clinic Director

Cindy Trang, LAc, DAOM skillfully leads the clinic team, manages operations at Essential Health Acupuncture, and remains a favorite among patients. Her faithful clients appreciate her caring, gentle approach and her positive attitude. Dr. Cindy treats the spectrum of patient concerns though she is especially interested in women’s health, particularly dysmenorrhea; she credits acupuncture for helping her personally manage this distressing condition on an ongoing basis.

Additionally, Dr. Cindy is intrigued with how emotional health affects the entire body and can be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine. She finds it personally fulfilling to help patients manage both the psychological and physiological elements of common ailments.

Dr. Cindy received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) in 2019 and holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine She also earned a BA in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2012.

Eileen Yue-Ling Han, PhD, LAc

Board Certified Acupuncturist

Eileen Yue-Ling Han, PhD, LAc benefited early on from a working education with the best practitioners. During 15 years of immersion in her family’s acupuncture needle and TCM supplies business, she also received invaluable practical experience that served as the foundation for her work today.

In 1999, Dr. Eileen began her medical studies and an apprenticeship with the late Dr. Richard Tan, the internationally renowned author and leader of the unique Balance Method. As a student, she honed her focus in internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, traumatology, and external medicine. During this time, she also received essential training in Western medicine and practice management.

Dr. Eileen is the Founder and Director of the Academy of Acupuncture, a global, higher-learning acupuncture institute that teaches practitioners the essential and advanced techniques of the Balance Method and principles of TCM.

Dr. Eileen holds a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the University of East/West Medicine in Sunnyvale, CA. She has also completed a PhD in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from American Liberty University in Newport Beach, CA.

She supplements her formal and practical education with continuing studies in herbology and Chinese face reading to bring a truly holistic approach to treating patients.

Shant Baboujian, DAOM, LAc

Board Certified Acupuncturist

A devoted and exclusive Balance Method acupuncturist, Dr. Shant loves treating patients. “Passionate” does not begin to describe his enthusiasm for Chinese Medicine and his quest to learn more about this deep rooted yet constantly evolving art and science. In his early scholastic years, he pursued neuroscience and molecular biology research but was disappointed by its inability to even approach the profoundness of Chinese medicine. Now, his favorite part of the day is seeing the “shock-and-awe” when a patient experiences the instant results of acupuncture.

Dr. Shant loves to keep busy, participating in humanitarian expeditions, assisting at Balance Method training seminars for the Academy of Acupuncture, reading, and staying active through multiple forms of fitness. Above all, Dr. Shant loves to infuse laughter whenever possible to connect with this essential quality that connects every living being.

Maria Li, MS, LAc

Board Certified Acupuncturist

Born and raised in China, Maria Li brings both her extensive, lifelong immersion in TCM and a unique perspective to our practice. She is a US Army veteran, having served stateside in Texas, as well as in Germany, South Korea, and Iraq. During her military service, she combined Tui Na, cupping, moxa, and Gua Sha modalities to successfully treat soldiers for multiple conditions. Her travels have also taken her to Peru and Mexico where she intensively studied meditation and energy healing methods. Her professional interests include facial rejuvenation, stress management, longevity management, and sound therapy; personal passions include fine art and music.

Maria received her BS in Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 2016, followed by her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) at Pacific College of Health and Science (PCOM) in San Diego, CA in 2020. She also received a Master’s degree in Healthcare of Management from Touro University in California in 2009.

Testimonial

“Over the years, I’ve been treated by every single one of the practitioners at Essential Health. I can honestly say that each is different and amazing in their individual approaches. It’s a team I know I can come to whenever I need a tune-up or a deeper treatment.”
Kelly
Carmel Valley (San Diego, CA)