About Herb Kandel
Dr. Herb Kandel, L.Ac., O.M.D. is a California licensed acupuncturist and a doctor of Oriental Medicine in his 30th year of private practice as owner of the Acupuncture Center of Santa Maria. Kandel graduated from the California Acupuncture College in Santa Barbara going on to complete an intensive post graduate program at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Subsequently as the first American to study at the Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing China, he earned his doctorate in Oriental Medicine in 1987. Bringing his skills back to the US, he pioneered acupuncture on the Central Coast with the opening of the Acupuncture Center of Santa Maria in 1989.
Outside of his regular practice he has taken his comprehensive skills well beyond the confines of the Acupuncture Center of Santa Maria to include administering an acupuncture and massage program at the student health center at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. This is one of only three college campuses in California that offer acupuncture, massage, and Chinese exercise (Qi Gong) free to students as a part of their student services. Also, in 1991 and 1993 he founded two acupuncture detoxification programs that treated hundreds of low income, homeless, and court referred persons with substance abuse issues, and in 2005 served with Acupuncturists without Borders as they addressed needs in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Acupuncture Center of Santa Maria is committed to providing a sanctuary for rest, healing and rrejuvination. Patients are invited to experience the peace and comfort of the Center as during treatments they enjoy ambient music, the caress of natural fiber sheets and towels and the care and focus of our dedicated staff.
Many insurance plans now carry policies that cover acupuncture. Our administrative staff are very knowledgeable and happy to assist if you are exploring ways of bringing more natural healing remedies into your life. The Center also offers the professional services of fellow acupuncturist and herbalist Catherine Aiken, L.Ac., Certified Pilates trainer Casey Canino and Licensed massage therapist Nancy Noel M.T.
If you have questions before, during or after treatment we welcome conversation. Every patient is given space to express their needs and concerns and our appointment schedule is designed to provide time for you to leave unhurriedly, energized and refreshed.
The Acupuncture Center of Santa Maria additionally is a venue for art, educational workshops and special events. As a center for healing and for the promotion of generalwell-being the Acupuncture Center is a gathering place for our friends and neighbors; we honor our place in the community!