Integrative and Functional Healthcare, Acupuncture,
Chinese Medicine, QiGong & Nutrition in Santa Monica, California

serving the Community since 1994 

Lauren Howard, LAc
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, LAc, CCN

Welcome to Santa Monica Wellness Center! We’ve been assisting our patients on their healing journeys since 1994. It has been an honor that so many patients have allowed us to partner with them as they seek to improve their health and vitality. Some patients come to us in a crisis, such as those in pain, those with a chronic health condition who are seeking a more integrative approach, and those who simply are overwhelmed with the stresses of life and are looking for more balance. Other come to us who are looking to increase their vitality and well being and simply enhance their healthy lifestyles. No matter where you are on your journey, we look forward to supporting you in co-creating a joyful, vibrant, healthy (and fun) life!

At the Santa Monica Wellness Center, our intention is to empower our patients and the community to realize their fullest potential, providing the highest quality Integrative Health Care, delivered with respect, integrity, and compassion. We inspire, educate and provide opportunities to create and sustain abundant health, while enlightening awareness to the infinite healing power of the human body, mind, and spirit. More about us…


5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter

There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life.

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Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered the source of all qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands.

Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months is when it’s most important as

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Winter Acupuncture: Governing Vessel 14

Governing Vessel 14 is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C 7 on the spine. C 7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is great because it is the intersecting point for

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