Practitioners & Clinic Staff
Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine and its practitioners offer Integrated Chinese Medicine consultations and treatment plans. Integrated Chinese Medicine incorporates all the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – acupuncture therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, diet and nutrition, exercise, acupressure/massage – within a framework of integrative medicine and integrative health.
All the practitioners at Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine provide services in a caring environment that puts the person – not their illness – at the center. Through consultations and ongoing case management, relationships are developed with clients and practitioners across the country as well as here in San Francisco.
Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, L.Ac.,
Clinic Director & Practitioner
Misha has been practicing traditional Asian medicine and integrative medicine for 43 years. She founded Chicken Soup in 1990 in the Mission District of San Francisco. Currently, Misha is the clinical director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, former Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at UCSF, and is an active member of the Society for Integrative Oncology.
Misha developed the system of integrative medicine called Integrated Chinese Medicine to provide complex consultations and Chinese medicine in cooperation with Western medicine.
In the early 1980's, she co-founded the non-profit Quan Yin Healing Arts Center to provide services to the underserved, particularly people with AIDS, and continues to provide services to underserved people through the Misha Ruth Cohen Education Foundation.
Misha is an internationally known teacher and mentor. She has authored seven books on Integrated Chinese Medicine, HIV, HCV, and gynecology. Misha also created Integrated Chinese Medicine protocols for PMS, infertility, hepatitis, HIV, endometriosis, HPV-related diseases and menopause that are used by many practitioners of Asian medicine.
Misha’s herbal formulas are popular among people who have liver diseases, cancer diagnoses, severe gynecological diseases, immune disorders, HIV, chronic viral illness, fibromyalgia, and the common cold.
In her free time, Misha raises a vegetable garden, runs a Shih Tzu meetup, and loves life and her family.
KC Chamberlain, CMT
Back Office Administrator & Tutorial Apprentice
KC Chamberlain is a tutorial apprentice of acupuncture and bodyworker who has been a part of the Chicken Soup family from our days back in the Mission District. She has come back to us to complete her tutorial training. She functions as our Back Office Manager and Patient Coordinator. KC is responsible for patient care, insurance verification, and our Clinic Assistant program. She regularly follows up with our patients on their treatment plans.
Originally from Buffalo New York, she was inspired to pursue a career in the music industry in Los Angeles. KC thenshifted both her perspective and focus mid-career and relocated to Northern California where she began her studies in herbalism and energy healing. Initially this led her to establish and operate an organic lavender farm where she made a range of skin care products with the lavender oil she and her partner grew, harvested and distilled. Ultimately, KC’s passion for ancient knowledge and complex systems for healing brought her to start her 7-year Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine at ACCHS, in Oakland, California.
KC is concluding her acupuncture apprenticeship and will sit for the California State Board Examination at which time we will welcome KC as an acupuncture and herbal practitioner.
In her free time, KC adores her cat and partner, hangs out near the ocean and maintains her spiritual practice.
Erica McDonnell, DACM, L.Ac
Erica McDonnell is a California Licensed Acupuncturist. She received both her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.
Her clinical experience includes working for various community and auricular clinics, including the HIV and Hep C Prevention Project of Alameda County, SF Healthright 360 and GLIDE Health Services Clinic. Erica uses acupuncture, cupping, electrical stimulation, moxabustion, and Chinese herbal formulas to treat a wide range of health conditions including fatigue, chronic and acute pain, insomnia, and digestive disorders.
She is particularly interested in mental and emotional wellness – addressing conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety. In her free time Erica enjoys going to sporting events with her partner, mentoring youth, singing and dancing.