About

Costa Acupuncture opened five years ago in Culver City.  We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to treat the members of our community.  Each of our acupuncturists are dedicated to provide excellent treatment to our patients.

Michelle Wong, L.Ac.

MichelleMichelle Wong is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine and western Functional medicine. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science, and from Dongguk University, Los Angeles with her MS in Oriental Medicine. She has studied at both the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center, and at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea.

Michelle specializes in women’s health, with a special interest in facial rejuvenation techniques utilizing the best in traditional Asian beauty secrets and cutting edge natural skin care. As the primary research associate to Dr. Shui Yin Lo, for the applications of Stable Water Clusters in health care, she is an expert in Thermal Meridian Imaging. Michelle speaks to physicians throughout the US about the science of stable water clusters and acupuncture meridians, and leads Qi gong retreats at 4000 ft in Mt. Baldy, CA.

Devaunshi Tailor, LAc.

deva profile picDevaunshi Tailor received a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Canada in 2008. She is licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and is also a certified Acupuncturist by the NCCAOM. 
Over the past several years Devaunshi has been practicing various modalities of Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture, Herbology, Cupping therapy, Moxibustion, Guasha and Nutrition therapy.

Devaunshi’s interest in natural healing began over 10 years ago when she was pumped with mega doses of Antibiotics over minor health issues of her own. This experience caused more health problems and led her to seek out natural alternatives to improve her health. This is when she realized that over dosing the human body with pharmaceutical drugs was turning into a trend of the 21st century. It was then she decided to enter in the field of holistic medicine which focuses on addressing the root cause and not just the symptom.

Her specialty is Anti-Aging and Facial Rejuvenation, with a focus on skin care and Women’s health: primarily hormonal balance, digestive health and auto immune regulation.

The focus of her practice is to help individuals discover and gain the power they hold in healing their own bodies with the help of Acupuncture, diet, herbal and exercise therapy. This holistic approach rids the body of modern day toxicities and stress bringing a sense of balance to one’s state of being.

K.D. Smith L.Ac

 K.D. graduated with a Master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College located in Santa Monica, California.  She is board certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) and also holds a Master degree in Public Health from BRAC University, James P. Grant School of Public Health, Bangladesh.In the late 90’s, K.D. suffered a severe physical trauma and although recovery from a trauma can be one of life’s most dispiriting challenges, it was the event that sparked her passion to embark upon a career in holistic medicine. She has a unique first-hand understanding of the many phases of healing and a deep respect for all peoples and healing modalities.

K.D. has studied shamanic healing and other systems of energy medicine with advanced studies in esoteric acupuncture.  She finds the health of people and communities of extreme importance and equally profound is the healing approaches that different cultures and communities apply to health, well-being and disease. This perspective led her to accept global opportunities to participate in a medical delegation to South Africa, and to facilitate one in China. As a humanitarian K.D., has provide direct patient care as well as trained other healthcare providers in Uganda, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Through community acupuncture in Los Angeles and abroad, K.D. has had the wonderful opportunity to work with patients from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds and holds each patient with the utmost care and compassion.  She has treated a variety of conditions from musculoskeletal disorders and traumas, addiction, menopause, sleep disorders, hypertension, diabetes, skin conditions, respiratory and digestive issues.

David Johnston, L.Ac.

DJpicDavid 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.