Community - August 4, 2010

Portola Valley native returns to open acupuncture clinic

by Dave Boyce

Courtney Jonson, a Portola Valley native and recently a resident of Maui, is back in Portola Valley with a title: diplomat of Oriental medicine, a term of art to identify a licensed acupuncturist.

Ms. Jonson is a co-founder of an acupuncture practice in Maui and has opened an office in Portola Valley's Village Square shopping center in the 800 block of Portola Road, she said in an e-mail. She shares an office with Hoffman & Moore Chiropractic.

Ms. Jonson is a graduate of Ormondale Elementary, Corte Madera Middle, and Menlo-Atherton High schools, she said, adding that she was a tennis champion at Alpine Hills Tennis & Swim Club and a regular soccer player at the town's two fields.

She has an undergraduate degree from the University of California and a master's degree from the Five Branches University, a graduate school in traditional Chinese medicine located in Santa Cruz.

The focus of her acupuncture practice is healthy weight loss, which includes correcting hormone imbalances and adrenal and thyroid insufficiencies, and addressing related issues such as menopause and digestive disturbances, Ms. Jonson said.

"Resolving common underlying bio-chemical imbalances while promoting normal physiology is the cornerstone of (my) practice, offering a comprehensive and holistic approach to our biggest asset — our health," she said in the e-mail.

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