The year was 2008, the place was Olympia; on a quiet street off a busy street, the Community Acupuncture Studio opened its doors, and in its first week treated just 12 people. Since then, and with enormous help from our patients and from our community, we have gone through hundreds of thousands of cotton balls, and we've given thousands of acupuncture treatments.
Tacoma residents have been asking for affordable acupuncture options for years. With phone calls on a weekly basis from folks in the Tacoma area inquiring about nearby affordable acupuncture options, we've decided to do something about it. In August, 2013 we opened a second location in downtown Tacoma. We are thrilled that they no longer have to drive to Seattle or Olympia to get the care they're seeking for a price they can afford.
Gianna McManus is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Originally from the Northeast, she fell in love with the mountains and wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 almost immediately after finishing school, she took root in Olympia and opened the doors to CAS. When she's not working at the clinic, you might find her mountain biking in Capitol Forest, snowboarding in the mountains or enjoying a movie at the Theater downtown.
Gianna usually works in Olympia Mon, Wed & Fri 12-7pm, Tues 9am-4pm and in Tacoma on Sun from 9:30-3pm.
Le Otto (pronounced "Lay") has degrees in Biochemistry and in Oriental Medicine. She completed her Masters at the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas. Besides practicing East Asian medicine, she is a Medical Service Officer with the United States Army Reserve. Le enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering for the Tacoma and Pierce County Medical Reserve Corp and as an instructor for the Army Family Team Building on JBLM. When she's not practicing acupuncture, serving her country or volunteering, she's probably enjoying time with her three beautiful children and loving husband.
Le is fluent in Vietnamese and Cantonese and she is usually in Olympia on Saturdays from 9am-3pm, in Tacoma on Tues & Thurs from 9:30am-3pm as well as Fri from 1-7pm.
We are all proud members and supporters of the POCA co-op.