The Healing Project – About Us

The Healing Project – About Us 2017-12-01T12:52:23-08:00

The Healing Project allows access to Integrative Medicine in the Department of Public Health community clinics of San Francisco.

We offer complimentary Acupuncture services as well as yoga classes. Our team seeks to create wellness equality and accessibility to all patients within the Department of Public Health community clinics. Integrative medicine and wellness programs are being recognized for their success in treating patients with complex health conditions and improving overall quality of life.  Many of the patients we see are from low socioeconomic backgrounds and do not have access to alternative medicine and wellness programs. The Healing Project aims to provide comprehensive patient care to those patients who may not be able to find it elsewhere.


To transform primary care public health by providing equitable access to integrative medicine and holistic health services that promote self care and community wellness.


We are guided by a vision of sustainable, integrative, wellness care available to all.

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The Healing Project Practitioners

Candice Turchin, L.Ac., CMT
Candice Turchin, L.Ac., CMTAcupuncturist and Massage Therapist
Candice is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, massage therapist, holistic nutritional counselor, yoga practitioner and student of Buddhist studies. In 1999 she received her Masters of Science from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She also completed 400 post-graduate hours at Cheng Du University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Sichuan China. As an acupuncturist, Candice’s passion is to bring holistic medicine to the public health sector and to promote integrated medicine. In 2006, she joined forces with the Immune Enhancement Project (a non-profit acupuncture clinic) to provide affordable and accessible acupuncture services to community clinics in San Francisco. With their support, Candice spearheaded the acupuncture clinic at Silver Avenue Health Center, which has been successfully running since 2006. She has also helped to develop programs and provide acupuncture services at The Native American Health Center, St James Infirmary, and Rita de Cassia. Currently, Candice is the acupuncturist for Silver Avenue Family Health Center and Potrero Hill Health Center. She also continues to work at The Immune Enhancement Project as well as run a small private practice in the Mission district. Candice had also taken her mission to promote holistic medicine over-seas. Since 1999 she has set up temporary free acupuncture clinics in Tibet, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Senegal and Guinea West Africa. Her goal is to offer free service to individuals and communities that lack access to medical care and to show the success of holistic medicine in the treatment of disease.
Andrea Natta, DAOM, LAc
Andrea Natta, DAOM, LAcAcupuncturist
Andrea received her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001 and 2012, respectively. She has worked in a wide variety of settings from the hospital to private practice, and has spent the majority of her career working in community medicine and public health. She enjoys classical piano, meditation, and movies
Jaedra DiGiammarino
Jaedra DiGiammarinoYoga Instructor
I am a 2008 graduate from North Carolina School of Yoga’s 200 hr teacher training program. There I studied postures, breathing, and traditional yogic life style under guidance of Chandra Om and her disciples. Since the basic training I have gone back to NCSY for intensive weekend studies in Children’s Yoga Teacher Training as well as Yoga Anatomy and Therapeutics. I intend to participate in NCSY’s Prenatal Teacher Training workshop this coming fall. I have also participated in Lila Wilson’s weekend workshop, Yoga for Teens. I have taught master classes at Dickinson College and The Madeira School as well as youth classes in Brooklyn NY elementary and middle schools, Girls First! overnight camps, and Sunset Hills Montessori School. I presently teach both youth and adult Hatha in the Bay Area. Visit to find out more.
Krista Ward, DC, MPH
Krista Ward, DC, MPHProgram Coordinator
Program Coordinator
Krista is the Program Coordinator. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West and her Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State University. She is excited to be part of The Healing Project where she can use both her chiropractic and public health backgrounds to advance health equity
Sandra Roddy-Adams, DC
Sandra Roddy-Adams, DCChiropactic
Sandra is a native San Franciscan. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley as a McNair Scholar, and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. While attending Life Chiropractic College, Dr. Roddy-Adams undertook postgraduate seminars in neurology and completed a post-graduate program in Applied Upper Cervical (neck) Biomechanics through the International Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (IUCCA). Additionally, she continues her studies in Atlas Orthogonal and runs a private practice in the Inner Sunset. Dr. Roddy-Adams feels passionate about working in environments that emphasize equal access and dedicated care to all people. Her work with the Healing Project has provided her the opportunity to empower her patients, as well as be a part of a team that is on the forefront of integrative medicine.
Luz Mireya Segura
Luz Mireya SeguraYoga Instructor
For the last 16 years I have been practicing and being passionate about yoga, as a result of this I became a licensed yoga instructor. I graduated from the Anusara Teaching Training at Yoga Kula in April 2010, during this time I stared practicing with parents and teenagers at the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. Now as I licensed instructor I’ve being teaching different kinds of classes, like a bilingual hatha yoga at the Sun Room studio and chair yoga to a senior group at the On Lok senior center. In my yoga teaching the spiritual part is as important as the physical. The connection of the body, mind and spirit on the breath is where my emphasis goes through out the class, finding happiness, freedom and peace on life. I love working with people in making them feel good physically, mentally and spiritually and yoga is my main tool.

Healing Project Founder

Dr. Davi Pakter
Dr. Davi PakterProgram Founder
Dr. Pakter is a graduate of Dr Andrew Weil’s Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He completed his residency training in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, and is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Davi has studied many “Complementary and Alternative” healing modalities and is passionate about increasing access to Integrative Medicine for all people. The Healing Project integrates other healing therapies alongside conventional western medicine and is a step towards Dr. Pakter’s vision of a Sustainable Integrative Public Health Care System.