At Costa Acupuncture, we have team of experienced Licensed Acupuncturists dedicated to providing Safe, Effective, Affordable acupuncture treatments.
Michael Costa, L.Ac
Michael Costa is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California. As the founder of Costa Acupuncture, he is dedicated to providing access to affordable care to everyone.
Michael commonly helps people with chronic or acute pain, digestive disorders, infertility, addiction recovery, hormonal imbalances and stress management through acupuncture, chi kung and herbal medicine.
He graduated with Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and Masters in Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Michael is a certified Shiatsu Specialist and Shiatsu Instructor and he is student of the internal healing arts of Chi Gong and Tai Chi since 1997.
Michael was on staff as a Licensed Acupuncturist at Passages Malibu Addiction Cure Center for over five years before dedicating himself full time to providing affordable care to the West Los Angeles community.
Carol Song, L.Ac., CD(DONA)
Carol is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Carol completed her Master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from UCSD and a Master’s degree in Sociology from UCLA. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Carol worked for a decade in social activism with community organizations in San Diego, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seoul.
In addition to being an acupuncturist, Carol is a birth doula and yoga instructor. She co-produced and created Restoring Fertility, a 4-part yoga DVD series for enhancing fertility. Carol has extensive experience working with couples trying to conceive. She is certified to treat women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, and she clinically trained a team of practitioners to provide acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer. Carol has also specialized in treating male factor infertility.
Carol is deeply committed to the Community Acupuncture model of providing high-quality, affordable health care in community settings. She has studied Master Tung’s acupuncture with Dr. Wei-Chieh Young; classical Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen and Kiiko Matsumoto; and yoga with Ana Forrest.
Sun Cho, L.Ac.
Sun is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the state of California and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Sun completed her Master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles. Her journey as an acupuncturist began when her uncle taught her Korean Hand Acupuncture as a teenager. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine abroad and trained in several different hospitals in Beijing, China. She has studied Korean Hand Acupuncture, 4-needle technique, and Master Tung’s Acupuncture.
Sun is dedicated to providing affordable acupuncture to everyone.Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Sun worked as a Paper Engineer and Graphic Designer. She graduated from Delaware College of Art and Design with a degree in Graphic Design.
Sarah Zanolini, L.Ac.
Sarah is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the State of California. She completed her Master’s in Oriental Medicine at Dongguk University Los Angeles, an advanced certification course in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, and is an ICRT certified Reiki Master. Prior to becoming an Acupuncturist, Sarah studied History at UC Berkeley and worked as an affiliate marketer, editor and copywriter.
Sarah specializes in wellness cultivation, conditions related to stress and digestive disorders. She is strongly committed to making Acupuncture an accessible and affordable form of health care, and previously worked at Eagle Rock Community Acupuncture in Los Angeles. When not working with patients, Sarah is studying California native plant medicines and Mandarin Chinese, as well as offering Reiki classes to her local community.
Alison Doherty, LAc
Alison earned her Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yo San University. She is currently the Assistant Academic Dean and a Technical Supervisor in the Yo San University clinic. Alison is also on faculty at Yo San University, as a teacher in the MTCM program. Throughout her training at Yo San, she was accepted into an externship program at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where she gained privilege to treat pediatric patients with various chronic pain conditions, as well as an array of complex autoimmune diseases. Alison is very pleased to be a part of the team at Costa Acupuncture, where she can reach a broad community of people who seek help through Traditional Chinese Medicine.
David Johnston, L.Ac.
David is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, board certified by the State of California. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers College and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at Samra University where he maintained a Summa Cum Laude GPA. David completed his Masters in Oriental Medicine at Dongguk University and received advanced certification with post-graduate studies of Korean four-needle and Master Tung techniques from Dr. Tao C. Choo. David is now a Resident at the new Samra University where he receives advanced training in pulse diagnosis.
David has treated thousands of patients in the California Workers’ Comp system with a variety of orthopedic issues, primarily low-back, neck, knee, and shoulder issues. David has studied both facial and facelift acupuncture, the Wakefield protocol, and the Korean facelift method and is currently on staff of The Cosmetic Acupuncture Center. He also worked in a clinic for promoting weight-loss with auricular acupuncture where he helped hundreds of patients reach their weight loss goal through a combination of acupuncture, diet, and exercise.