Melissa’s journey to becoming an acupuncturist and herbalist started before she was born. A mere five pounds, she was born with her umbilical cord tightly wrapped around her body causing a rare condition of cord entrapment and fetal hypoxia. This resulted in serious breathing problems early in infancy. Melissa’s family took her to many Western medical doctors seeking relief for her breathing problems, but none of them were able to help her. Her family finally took her to a local herbalist who treated her with massage and herbs. After a few months of being treated, her wheezing was gone and she never had breathing problems again.
Melissa’s early memories include her grandmother—a pediatrician and herbalist at heart—preparing and applying herbal poultices to her and her sibling’s bumps and bruises. Her great-grandfather was a biologist and leading authority of medicinal plants in the Philippines.
In adulthood, Melissa was able to fully recover from shoulder surgery faster and with no pain medication because of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Her experience with improved health, her passion for learning and her love for the medicine, led to her decision to become a licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, the top-ranked school in California and the second-ranked acupuncture and Chinese Medicine College in the United States.
Melissa Roxas is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) by the California Acupuncture Board and a certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.O.M.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Melissa is a mother of two young children. When her first child was born, she became interested in acupuncture for kids. She wanted an alternative to the drugs her son’s pediatrician would prescribe. Acupuncture and herbal medicine helped her son build his immunity and recover faster from sickness. Melissa feels very passionate about empowering parents to help their children heal naturally.
Melissa loves what she does and tries to find ways to continuously improve her practice. She has advanced training in several specialties including pediatrics and women’s health. She is excited to advance her skills and training to include dermatology and autoimmune disorders.
She wants to welcome you and your family into her practice to help you achieve optimal health.