Gregory E. LeBlanc, L.Ac.
Greg graduated from SAMRA University in 1995 with a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine. He has taught at both SARMA University (Los Angeles) and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Oakland); teaching Acupuncture point location, Chinese medicine nutrition and Pharmacology. Greg was trained in acupuncture orthopedics by Dr. Hua Gu and learn the Balance Method directly from Richard Tan, OMD. He has been in private practice for 24 years. Greg is a
California licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and is Board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (NCCAOM).
Greg is a life long student of the martial arts and coaches a class in Wing Chun Kung Fu in Oakland. He is a Zen meditation and Koan teacher in the Five Mountains school of Zen; receiving his Doctorate in Buddhist studies and authorization to teach in 2015. He enjoys hiking in the hills of Berkeley and Oakland with his wife Gwyn. Greg is originally from Los Angeles and has lived here in the Bay Area since 2006. Greg is a Founding member of the California Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Association.
Greg combines his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine with Balance method acupuncture to provide a dynamic approach to treatment. He has over the years completed numerous courses in a wide variety of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine methods, styles and specialties; in the time he has been in practice he has provided over 40,000 acupuncture treatments. Greg is a provider for Veterans Affairs (TriWest) and for all Federal employees (OWCP).
Greg believes a complete approach to health, healing and well-being involves therapies like acupuncture and herbal medicine; plus stress reduction, exercise and nutrition. The Chinese doctors for thousands of years have recommended a variety of practices, habits and behaviors for the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being. Today meditation and mindfulness are becoming mainstream, as are recommendations for diet and exercise, these ideas have been common practice in Chinese medicine for millennia.
From a recent review on Yelp:
Greg LeBlanc relieved my severe plantar fasciitis pain on the first visit after 2 years of treatment by podiatrists and PT. He is calm, confident, and experienced. Highly recommended.
Gwyn Brookes, GCFP
Gwyn is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP) and Strength coach. She teaches individual lessons, or Functional Integration© lessons; and group classes, or Awareness Through Movement© classes.
Gwyn specializes in working with older adults, helping them retain function in their daily lives. Gwyn discovered barbell training in 2008 to support her martial arts practice. She has competed in several strength lifting meets. Gwyn is delighted to help others regain strength and function through barbell training.
Gwyn has been teaching self-defense classes since 2004 with the Girl Army collective. Girl Army teaches women's self-defense to women and trans people. She also teaches group workshops which can range from a one day to a six week workshop. Gwyn is also available to teach individual self-defense lessons.
Click here for a Radio Interview with Gwyn on Self-Defense
Gwyn received her Sandan (third degree black belt) in the art of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 2013, Aikido in 2012, and received her Nidan in the Japanese sword art Toyama Ryu Battodo in 2010 from her teacher, Professor Michael Esmailzadeh, at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland.
Gwyn has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance. Prior to studying martial arts, she performed with modern dance companies in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area for over a decade. Her love of dance infuses her Feldenkrais practice with humor and imagination.
In the words of Dr. Feldenkrais:
“So long as what we do here is only about the movement, it is not important. We use the movements only to learn the process of self-organisation. You will find that self-organisation in social life, in marital life, and in yourself is what is important … not what is done on the floor.”
“Here, we learn to have the means to improve our life.”