Wellness Services

WHO: Gay, bi and trans men

WHEN: see details below

Need some me-time? Show your mind and body some love* with acupuncture, massage and counseling services.

*Happy endings not included.

Chair massage

Alternating Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Let Peter Pagliuca work his magic on your sore shoulders. Peter’s a California-licensed Certified Massage Therapist who completed his training in San Diego in 2001 with over 900 training hours. He volunteers to provide chair massage alternating Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Call our concierge at 415.437.3400 to find out when the next session is available.

Acupuncture

Mondays 3pm – 5:30pm (beginning 10/23/17)
Artashes (Arty) Mirzatuny is a licensed acupuncturist within the state of California. He attended the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), where he earned his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also is a certified massage therapist, specializing in Shiatsu-style massage. His clinical experience includes interning at the ACTCM Community Clinic and at the ACTCM Auricular Clinic, as well as externships at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. Artashes also completed an advanced program of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on acupuncture and herbal medicine, at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China.

Artashes is a general practitioner with a special interest in psycho-emotional issues, pain management, men’s health, women’s health and LGBTQ issues. The modalities of TCM he utilizes are acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, electrical-stimulation, gua sha, moxabustion, nutritional counseling and bodywork. He holds two Bachelors degrees (B.S. in Pharmacology and B.A. in Environmental studies) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduating he worked in drug discovery research, specializing in oncology and metabolic disease. He worked in this research for five years before deciding to move onto studying Chinese Medicine.

When Artashes is not in the clinic, he can be found cooking, hiking or tending to his plants and cat Oscar.

Wednesdays 10:30am – 1pm (beginning 10/18/17)
Dirk Schlueter is a California Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and Chinese medical practitioner. Dirk holds a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine (MSTCM) from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco. For several years, he has been providing acupuncture to patients in the ACTCM community and auricular (ear) clinics, the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy at CIIS, the CPMC Stroke and Rehabilitation Center, and to Bay Area veterans through the BayVac program, as well as at various outreach events.

Dirk believes that an integrative approach – including health promotion, illness prevention, lifestyle changes, and treatment of the underlying causes of disease – is the key to achieving wellness. As a general practitioner, Dirk addresses all conditions and ailments, with specific attention to anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, pain and immune deficiencies.

Prior to his career as an acupuncturist, Dirk worked as a dramaturg and artistic director in the performing arts in Germany, China, and Japan. Through his work with performers and his experience in China over the past twenty years, Dirk was introduced to the profound healing and balancing potential of Chinese Medicine.

Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Michael Barrett—a neighborhood favorite—has been practicing acupuncture for many years. He’s a licensed acupuncturist with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Meiji College of Oriental Medicine. Come see him on Wednesdays. No appointments necessary.

Talk to a counselor

Experiencing troubles and need to talk to a counselor? Our counselors are here to offer support, information, and referrals.

Book an appointment ahead of time by calling 415-437-3400, or walk in Monday through Friday at 4 pm and ask our concierge to speak to a counselor. (Space for walk-ins may be limited.)

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Come to an event

Get involved, do something new and meet other people in your community. Check out our calendar for book clubs, art openings, spoken word events, musical events and more.

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