Elyse Beffa, L.Ac.
I offer Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs designed specifically for the individual to reach and maintain balance. Since Chinese Medicine helped me recover from a near fatal car accident, I’ve been inspired to offer it’s benefits to others. Internships with masters as well as postgraduate work in China's hospitals prepared me to treat a broad spectrum of cases. For 5.5 years I had the immeasurable benefit of having a private practice with my mentor and teacher, Cynthia Wallace, in Virginia Beach. Since 2011, I am honored and excited to offer classical Chinese medicine to the Triangle.
I practice general medicine treating acute to chronic degenerative conditions, and all ages from infants to elderly. I empower clients with knowledge about self-care and how to synchronize one’s lifestyle choices with health and longevity. Chinese Medicine’s diagnostic techniques like pulse, tongue and meridian evaluation offer me the tools to detect subtle imbalances and personalize each treatment. Key components of treatment include honoring the interdependence of body, mind and spirit as well as educating clients about beneficial food, exercise and meditation for their constitutional makeup.
I am most grateful to Cynthia Wallace, my guiding light. She has ingrained in me how to practice from the heart of the medicine. My practice is a direct reflection of this. Due to her dedicated teachings and insight, I work to harness the potency of the medicine to offer peace, health and humanity to individuals and the community.
I am also grateful for the following teachers' immense influence on my practice:
- Jeffrey Yuen – Classical Chinese medicine (jadepurityfoundation.org)
- Susan Johnson - Acupuncture, Master Tung points (tungspoints.com)
- Bob Levine - Pulse diagnosis, herbal medicine, acupuncture
- Dr. Kang – Herbal medicine, acupuncture (drkangformulas.com)
- Brian LaForgia – Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (dragonrises.org)
Post graduate work in Hangzhou, China hospitals (5 months) – ZheJiang Chinese Medical University
Tonglen Clinic, Dharamsala, India – Acupuncturist in clinic to raise funds for a local charity benefiting homeless children.
California Pacific Medical Center (Davies), San Francisco, CA - Student acupuncturist in stroke rehab ward.
Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Oakland, CA – Student acupuncturist in women’s health and breast cancer clinic.
Bachelors of Women’s Studies and Anthropology – University of Virginia
Masters of Science and Oriental Medicine – American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Certified Massage Therapist - American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor – International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association
Meditation and mind body synergy – Dharamsala, India
Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbal medicine)
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine member
North Carolina Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine member
Speaker - Institute for Learning in Retirment, Virginia Beach, VA
Assistant Supervisor - Master Tung's Acupuncture Points Advanced Classes
Continuing Education Coursework:
Primary Channels Series, Divergent, Luo and Sinew Channels, Pulse Diagnosis, Endocrinology Series, Fire Toxins and Cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ling Shu, Bi-Obstruction Syndrome, Latent Heat, Spirit of Healing, Treating Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Roots – Jeffrey Yuen
Master Tung’s Acupuncture Points, Beginner and Advanced Series – Susan Johnson
Points and Balance Method, Basic and Advanced Classes – Dr. Tan