About

At Costa Acupuncture, we have team of experienced Licensed Acupuncturists dedicated to providing Safe, Effective, Affordable health care.

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 enjoys helping people with hormonal imbalances, digestion disorders, chronic or acute pain, weight loss, infertility, addiction recovery and stress management.  He combines Functional Medicine, nutritional therapies, lifestyle changes and acupuncture in his approach to health and healing.

Michael is currently involved in an ongoing Functional Medicine mentorship with Dr. Dan Kalish. Through the implementation of simple lifestyle changes and the use of individualized, lab-based supplement programs, Functional Medicine has helped thousands of people reclaim their health and achieve optimum wellness.

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.

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.