Prism Integrative Acupuncture: Holistic Hormone Support for All Life’s Transitions
-Teen Health – Transgender Wellness – Fertility -Women’s Health – Menopause


Prism Integrative Acupuncture Mission:

  • To provide a cutting-edge integration of modern Western and classical Chinese diagnosis, via intuitive acupuncture and herbal treatments tailored to help you achieve your personal wellness goals and improve your quality of life.
  • To create a safe, inclusive healing environment where you can access the healthcare you deserve, free of discrimination and judgement.
  • To make you an active participant in the healing process by forming a one-of-a-kind holistic care plan that supports your unique journey towards self-realization, empowerment, and wellness.

The story behind the name:

I created Prism Integrative Acupuncture to fulfill a community need for transgender-inclusive holistic hormone care. I focus in transgender wellness, but also in fertility, menopause, and other hormone-related issues. So, in thinking of a name, I wanted something that was at once clearly LGBTQ inclusive, but not exclusive to everyone else.

I like ‘Prism’ because it not only brings up a visual of a rainbow, and thus flags queer inclusive, but it also implies multifaceted-ness. One stream of light through a prism can create an entire rainbow. I like this image both in reference to identity as a prism, but also to healing as a prism.

This is where the ‘integrative’ part comes in too. I don’t just do acupuncture in my practice. I also prescribe herbs, discuss nutrition and lifestyle, supplements, interpret lab results, and confer with a patient’s western providers. Holistic medicine to me is not natural medicine only, it is integrative, it incorporates everything that can help a person so you can get the most well-rounded and effective care possible.


Katrina Hanson MSOM DiplOM LAc
Founder, Owner, Acupuncturist

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I’ve been interested in herbal medicine for as long as I can remember, the result of being raised by a botanist with a deep love of plants. This passion sparked my interest in the health field, which led me to work as an In-Home Caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities while obtaining my Bachelor’s in Public Health from The Evergreen State College. After graduation, I worked as a Community Health & Nutrition Educator in Ukiah, CA, where I was introduced to holistic healers of various kinds, and where I had my first acupuncture session.

I was intrigued, and this was enough to get me interested in starting AIMC Berkeley’s rigorous 4-year Master of Science acupuncture program, where I could study not only the herbs I love but also acupuncture and so many other healing modalities as well. Through the clinical program at AIMC Berkeley, I interned at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and San Francisco’s Homeless Prenatal Program, as well as at AIMC’s school clinic, which allowed me to practice acupuncture in a variety of environments and with a broad spectrum of patients.

I started my acupuncture studies with the intention of supporting LGBTQ patients, and my internships and research solidified this passion into the focus of my practice: hormone regulation and transgender care. I especially love supporting patients through the teen years, fertility, gender transition, menopause, and other times of hormonal stress. In addition to maintaining my own private practice, I am a lifelong apprentice and colleague to Dr. Bianca Di Giulio DAOM LAc, who specializes in integrative oncology and women’s health, and from whom I am constantly learning and improving my skills as a practitioner. In my spare time, you can find me hiking with my partner and our dogs, or guest lecturing at AIMC Berkeley, teaching students about supporting transgender health and creating an LGBTQ-friendly practice, as part of AIMC’s Masters curriculum.

As a lesbian with transgender and gender non-conforming loved ones, my personal connection to queer and lesbian communities has, and continues, to guide the focus of my practice. This has been especially important for me as a cisgender person focusing on working with trans folks. I can’t know from personal experience how best to serve that community, so I have to remain open to suggestions and criticism in order to be an effective provider. -Katrina, in Studio XIII interview


Publications

“First Steps Towards Making Your Clinic Trans-Inclusive,” California Journal of Oriental Medicine