Meet the Doctors.
Dr. Sarah Anzola, DACM, L.Ac.
Dr. Anzola, the founder and lead practitioner of Acushen Clinic, received her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology at the University of Texas (Austin) in 2012. While studying the relationship between humans and their environments at UT, she discovered her interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She attended the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston where she received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, followed by her Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2019. She completed her internship and advanced studies in Tianjin, China at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. While attending school, she completed training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and worked for 4 years as a Certified Infant Care Specialist, and Birth and Postpartum Doula. After obtaining her Doctorate Degree, Dr. Anzola joined the Houston Methodist Hospital's team as one of the first lead TCM practitioners within their Wellness Center. Dr. Anzola is licensed to practice by the Texas Medical Board, holds credentials as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and is Nationally Board-Certified in Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Oriental Medicine, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Dr. Whitney Patterson, DACM, L.Ac.
Dr. Patterson, lead practitioner at Acushen Clinic - Kingwood, obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston in 2014, after which she completed her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2019. Shortly after, she earned her Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with a focus on Integrative and Collaborative Care from the Pacific College of Health and Science - San Diego, CA. Dr. Patterson has completed her advanced studies in Cosmetic Acupuncture and Integrative Oncology. She is Licensed to practice by the Texas Medical Board, holds credentials as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and is Nationally Board-Certified in Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Oriental Medicine, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Dr. Monica Dayanand, DAOM, L.Ac.
Dr. Dayanand is our fertility and reproductive health specialist. She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Education at the University of Pepperdine (Malibu, CA) in 2007. Dr. Dayanand holds a 4-year master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from ACAOM in Houston, Texas, with whom she participated in an externship training in the gynecology and pediatric departments at the top Chinese medicine hospital in Tianjin, China in 2015. She finished her doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from ACTCM in San Francisco, CA in 2019 with a focus in perinatal and reproductive medicine. Her special interests include men and women's reproductive health and fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She has a deep appreciation for the human body and its fascinating possibilities, and integrates her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology with ancient holistic therapies to develop individualized treatments for physical, mental, and emotional balance, flexibility of body and mind, and optimal overall wellbeing for those with whom she has the opportunity to work. Dr. Dayanand is a certified postpartum doula, is trained in infant massage, and is a certified fertility, prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor. She is Licensed to practice by the Texas Medical Board, holds credentials as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and is Nationally Board-Certified in Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Oriental Medicine, and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
At Acushen Clinic, we believe that you can heal your body from within. We encourage your body to accomplish this by bringing it back into balance and alignment in order to initiate self healing. We are committed to the ethical, responsible, and diligent practice of our medical profession and proudly uphold our core values - Compassion, Integrity, and Empowerment.
Acushen Clinic was founded in 2020 and provides integrative medicine services through a combination of modern and holistic healthcare practices to diagnose and treat patients. We offer a variety of healing disciplines such as: Acupuncture, Cupping, Massage, Moxibustion, Tui-na, Gua Sha, Herbal Medicine, Electro-stimulation, and much more. We use a combination of these therapies to address acute and chronic illnesses such as the common cold, viral infections, seasonal allergies, cough, sciatica, back pain, infertility, pediatric wellness, anxiety and stress, auto-immune disorders, depression, insomnia and sleep troubles, and much more. We are the most advanced clinic in the Houston area at delivering integrative and holistic healing through ancient techniques. We pride ourselves on our professional expertise, hospitality, nurturing nature, and quality of care, distinguishing us from any other integrative wellness center.
The purpose behind our branding is to have an image and name that enhances and reflects what our practice is all about.
Acushen (/ˈakyo͞oˌSHen/) is a portmanteau of "Acupuncture" and "Shen". In Oriental Medicine, the Shen is interpreted as the “Spirit” or “Mind”. The Shen is responsible for consciousness, cognition, emotional life and our “presence”. The Shen is responsible for things like thinking, planning, and feeling. Within our practice, we see the Shen as an essential part of the human body and believe it is crucial to address both the physical and mental/spiritual aspects of any illness.
The triangular “A” symbol of our logo symbolizes power, harmony, stability, and wisdom.
Our deep blue ocean colors represent a Shen that is formless and shapeless so that it may flow freely, like water.
Our gold accents are a constant reminder of the illumination and magic of having a healthy mind and body.