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About Mark Schwartz, L.Ac., FABORM, Dipl. O.M.(NCCAOM)

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Mark Schwartz NCCAOM

Attending AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin Texas provided a chance to work in our schools herbal pharmacy for 2 1/2 years and was the start of my passion for Chinese herbal medicine. Many of our patients in student clinic were female and responded well to my formulas under supervision from my mentor Ma Dongxin who chiefly focused on women’s health.  After graduating from AOMA in 2004 with a Masters degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, our family moved to China for the next two years, affording me the opportunity to continue studying Chinese and follow some very experienced doctors in the hospital. The first year I lived in Hangzhou, studying with internal medicine doctors Wu Boping and following Lian Jianwei as well as Fu Ping and Wang Mingde in the gynecology department. After a year in beautiful Hangzhou we moved to Beijing where I worked for the Peoples’ Medical Publishing House as a translator/editor and had the chance to study with nationally recognized fertility specialist Guo Zhiqiang. In China, my teachers shared a common love for our medical classics and heavily impressed upon me their importance

 Returning to Atlanta in 2007, I founded Buckhead Acupuncture & Herbal Center. My experiences at AOMA with Dr. Ma and further studies in China in Chinese medical gynecology departments led to my strong interest in women’s health and the treatment of infertility. In 2009, I began preparing to sit for the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine exam and successfully passed it in 2010. The ABORM examination is a voluntary exam which is 50% western reproductive medicine and 50% Chinese reproductive  medicine. To qualify for the exam, one must first be in practice for a number of years and take additional rigorous fertility related courses. Less than 1% of acupuncturists in the United States have taken this exam. The purpose of the ABORM board certification is to demonstrate to the people that we care for and the physicians that we collaborate with that fertility is truly our specialty. Within Chinese medicine infertility is deeply an herbalist’s specialty; in my practice I exclusively use customized raw herbal decocted teas.  Other practitioners because of a lack of knowledge or convenience may choose to use a pill or tincture form of our herbal medicine. In China I never saw any of my teachers use anything other than the strongest form of our medicine and for something as important as fertility I believe this is the best option. Although it’s not required for acupuncture licensure by the Georgia medical board I have taken the NCCAOM national Chinese herbal board exam. This exam means that a practitioner has demonstrated a basic mastery in the safe use of Chinese medicinal herbs. Herbs will play an important daily role in your treatment in the case of infertility and many other conditions that we treat.

 Currently my acupuncture practice is devoted to caring for men and women that are trying to conceive, need help staying pregnant or assistance during pregnancy. I am devoted to the study of our medicine’s classical texts (some of which are over 2000 years old) in order to deepen my knowledge of the essence of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and help you reach an optimal state of health and wellness. In my free time  I enjoy spending time outdoors, day hiking with my family, supporting my son’s passion for basketball, studying Chinese language, the Shang Han Lun, Jin Gui Yao Lue, and Huang Di Neijing Suwen.

  • Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)
  • Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin.
  • Licensed as an Acupuncturist by the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Nationally Board Certified to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine.
  • Spent two years in the People’s Republic of China, where he pursued advanced clinical studies in gynecology and internal medicine with senior Chinese medical doctors from the Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Specializing in the treatment of: Gynecology: Infertility, IUI/IVF and pregnancy support, PMS, menopause, menstrual irregularity, PCOS, amenorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, UTI, painful menstruation, endometriosis, morning sickness
  • Urology: Male factor infertility, erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Pain: Neck, back, sciatica, fibromyalgia, etc.
  • Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, constipation, IBS
  • Psycho-emotional: Stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder
  • Additional areas of expertise: Insomnia, thyroid imbalance, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, high cholesterol

About Oscar Sierra, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., NCCAOM

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Oscar Sierra NCCAOM

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a BS in Nutrition, training & teaching Martial Arts for over 12 years, and being certified in Reiki, Oscar studied Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture by means of a formal apprenticeship for over 4 years with several practitioners of Chinese Medicine in Atlanta.

His approach to healing is by means of focusing on the patient rather than disease-this is holistic, patient-centered (and preventative) medicine. Oscar examines an individual’s condition, constitution, outlook, and environment before determining a diagnosis or pattern. This is a uniquely individual experience where treatment strategies are tailored around a patient and usually involve both ancient Evidence-Based Eastern approaches as well as aspects of progressive Functional Western Medicine. These strategies typically include diet, lifestyle, and herbs as the main treatment modalities as well as acupuncture, supplements, and an occasional healthy dose of laughter- a personal favorite healing modality for Oscar.

Areas of Specialty:
  • Functional (Predictive/Preventative) Medicine: Lab testing (Urine, Stool, Saliva) for optimal cellular efficiency and health
  • Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, constipation, IBS, gas/bloating
  • Allergies: food, skin, environmental
  • Insomnia, thyroid imbalance, chronic fatigue, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, high cholesterol
  • Psycho-emotional: Stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder
  • Pain: Neck, back, sciatica, fibromyalgia, etc.

About “Kelly” Xiang Li, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.(NCCAOM)

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Kelly Xiang Li NCCAOM

Xiang “Kelly” Li is nationally board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville Florida after completing three and half years intensive study. She has successfully mastered various diagnostic tools including Dr. Shen’s contemporary pulse diagnosis that in combination with a thorough intake offer a unique holistic approach that allows her to get to the root of her patient’s health concerns.

She grew up in a medical family in China. Although her father was a western trained physician she always had a deep interest in Chinese traditional culture and medicine. Interestingly it was after immigrating to the United States that she began using Chinese medicine as her primary healthcare. After first receiving acupuncture to treat dizziness and constipation she was fascinated by how powerful and quickly it relieved her condition. After many years of study she passionately believes that this ancient medicine, which has served the Chinese for more than 3000 years, has a lot to offer to today’s modern people throughout the world. In areas such as disease prevention, maintaining wellness and the integration of mind and body Chinese medicine has many unique advantages over Western Medicine. In China people have access to both Western and Chinese medicine and receive the best of both worlds. Chinese medicine can be thought of as independent means to treat disease or it can be combined safely with western medicine.

Kelly is dedicated to providing each patient with personalized and compassionate care. Both her acupuncture treatment plan and herbal prescriptions are tailored to the individual’s health condition and unique constitution. Her gentle and caring style easily puts people at ease.

Areas of Specialty:

• Women’ health: menopause, PMS, irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, painful menstruation, infertility, pregnancy support
• Pain: Neck, back, knee, sciatica, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, arthritis etc.
• Gastrointestinal: acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, IBS
• Mental emotional: Stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia
• Allergies: seasonal allergies, sinus infection, asthma, bronchitis
• Cancer support: nausea & vomiting reduced appetite and energy, pain, digestive issues etc.
• Other various ailments, including chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, dizziness and vertigo, tinnitus, hemorrhoids, alcohol addiction and some neurological conditions such as Bell’s palsy, stroke sequelae etc.

About Lauren Schwartz, MS Counseling

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Lauren Schwartz, M.A., a National Certified Counselor (#268104), received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She later earned her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling, with a concentration on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lauren has a wide array of experience working with adults individually and in groups. She worked both in the emergency department doing crisis counseling and mental health assessments, as well as on the inpatient behavioral health unit, at Dekalb Medical, where she facilitated post care follow up, and provided individual and group therapy with adults experiencing a wide array of mental health issues ranging from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chemical dependence, dementia, and eating disorders. Lauren currently volunteers with MARR, Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, and works closely with individuals recovering from chemical and alcohol addictions.

Lauren has extensive experience in working with children and teens, and over seven years of preschool teaching experience. She has also spent five summers working in a residential camp setting with children age eight to sixteen years old, and has served as a theater, art and high ropes instructor. Lauren is especially skilled in working with children and their parents to facilitate healthy boundaries, expectations, and to encourage positive parent child relations.

Lauren believes that everyone, regardless of their background is entitled to emotional support and guidance. Her approach is humanistic, and takes the entire individual, as well as one’s life experiences into account when providing therapeutic counseling. Lauren believes that our past often shapes who we become as adults, but feels that anyone, with the right amount of support and respect can make positive change towards to live a calmer and more emotionally gratifying life.

Her special counseling interests are in the fields of crisis, divorce, relationships, chemical dependence, self-esteem and empowerment, women’s issues, depression, and gender identity and sexual orientation issues.