My name is Gabriella Rivera and I'm a Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (DAOM), Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac), in Savannah, GA.
I am a graduate from Five Branches University in California and nationally certified by NCCAOM and the Georgia Composite Medical Board. I am also a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and certified as a Holistic Health Counselor by the National Association of Drugless Practitioners.
I have been working in the field of holistic medicine for over 20 years and as an acupuncturist for the last 7 years. I continue to learn and adapt cutting edge nutritional and Functional Medicine knowledge with Acupuncture and TCM to better support you.
My Story and Real Education:
My personal health crisis started at the age of 3 when was diagnosed with severe asthma. At the age of 5, I was given my last rites with double pneumonia, and my family prepared for my passing.
With years of medications and antibiotics at such a young age, I was already showing signs of weakened immunity. I became allergic to most foods and experienced stomach aches on a regular basis. My moods were erratic and my energy levels were so low that I was rarely inspired to participate in sports for most of my early childhood and teenage years.
At the age of 6 or 7, I overheard a conversation the doctor was having with my parents. He told them that they shouldn't let me cry as this would upset me and make my asthma worse.
Wow, was that a catalyzing conversation to overhear! It planted an important seed in my awareness.
My emotions were tied to my physical health!
As a teenager and young adult, I became interested in "big picture" ideas and I played with different food philosophies, as well as meditation and yoga. I also loved to travel and was fascinated by how differently other people and cultures related to food and the world around them. It would be years later until I really began to understand the vital role the energetics of nutrition play on our overall health and vitality.
Today, after twenty years of practicing integrative medicine, it seems like I was destined to do what I do. For me, it's not just about looking good on the outside. The role that food and holistic lifestyles play in every aspect of our lives is undeniable and truly transformative.
I believe that we are here to evolve in all aspects of our human experience and that we are meant to share that knowledge with others.
It is my true honor to support you.
Are you ready?