Jenny Bisset provides acupuncture treatment and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the surrounding California Bay Area cities of San Carlos, San Mateo, Redwood City, Belmont, Menlo Park and Palo Alto.
Jenny Bisset, MSTCM, DAOM, LAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), is an acupuncturist and herbalist, specializing in the treatment of eye diseases, pain, stress relief and women’s health.
She graduated from the University of East West Medicine with a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed by study at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and later a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from Five Branches University in California.
Jenny is licensed by the state of California and board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
How Jenny found Acupuncture
Jenny is a native Alaskan who grew up in California in a family of educators and adventurers.
During high school, Jenny’s family took a position with the Peace Corps in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was this extraordinary experience that began to form Jenny’s interest in service as she witnessed a country plagued by poverty with limited or no access to adequate nutrition or medical care. During her three years in the country, she cultivated deep compassion and a genuine desire to help.
In college, not yet sure of her direction, Jenny studied Art and French and spent one year in Switzerland as a nanny for a family with 5 children.
After college Jenny visited her family during a second Peace Corps tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which coincided with the surge of Boat People leaving Vietnam, landing by the tens of thousands on the shores of Malaysia. Jenny took a job assisting with the resettlement of the refugees. During this time the “Medicins Sans Frontiers” (Doctors Without Borders) anchored a hospital ship offshore one of the islands where she was working. During the days Jenny did her refugee work, interviewing and reuniting families and hearing the devastating tales of their harrowing and often fatal journeys; during the nights she helped on the hospital ship as an untrained aid to doctors assisting with everything from a cholera outbreak to childbirths. The gratification of helping people was profound and set Jenny’s future course to pursue service in the form of medicine.
Later, after suffering 10 years of back pain and having tried every type of conventional treatment available, Jenny was referred to an acupuncturist (non common in those days) and was cured in 2 treatments. This felt like a mysterious miracle. She then realized what form her service would take, although raising 4 kids and running an interior design business meant she would have to wait a few years. Eventually her experience as an acupuncture patient led her to pursue her Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine, begin a practice, and later complete a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She was fortunate to intern during her doctorate with Holly Guzman, a renowned acupuncturist in Santa Cruz, CA, who by sheer coincidence, was also a high-school friend from Afghanistan. Having Holly as a friend, colleague and mentor strengthened her skills and love of the medicine.
Jenny’s mission and purpose is to connect with each patient’s story and desire for life fulfillment, so they can live the active, healthful and joyful lives they desire. She believes in the innate healing power of the body, and strives to assist in that process.
Jenny loves to spend her down time with her cats and a cup of tea, reading endlessly on her favorite subject: Chinese medicine! She also loves hiking in the nearby open space with her husband, kids and friends, or puttering around her sunny garden. She continues her love of travel which challenges and revives her spirit. She has four beautiful grown children and one grand baby, which is a whole new journey!
Training & Experience
Following her 4-year Masters program in California, Jenny traveled to China for a post-graduate internship through the Beijing School of Chinese Medicine. At Wangjing Hospital, she focused her time in the Galvano Acupuncture and Rheumatic Disease clinics. After work, she was extremely fortunate to study with the legendary late Dr. Wang Ju-yi at his private clinic in Beijing. After a few years in private practice in San Carlos, CA she completed the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to deepen her knowledge while gaining more experience in both pain management and women’s health. Jenny enthusiastically continues her studies with many masters in the field (see below), expanding and refining her knowledge and skills of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Check out the “China” page on this site for photos and more information.
Jenny is trained in, and practices a broad range of advanced techniques including cupping, guasha, tuina, moxibustion, as well as many styles of acupuncture including Andy Rosenfarb’s MA48, Richard Tan’s Balance Method, Master Tung, Kiiko Matsumoto’s Japanese style, Muscle Channel Technique, BodyMapping, EXSTORE & electro-acupuncture, and the NADA protocol to name a few, as well as herbal medicine. Jenny has a special love for working with women at all stages of life, including menstrual health, fertility, pregnancy and menopause.
Jenny is one of only a handful of certified practitioners in MicroAcupuncture 48, a specialized treatment for many eye diseases including Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). MA48 can also be used in the management of other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.
In addition to her private practice, Jenny is a volunteer at the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Center, serving low-income women for the side effects of their cancer therapies. She is trained by Acupuncture Without Borders to serve first responders and victims in the wake of natural disasters, using community style auricular acupuncture (NADA) to treat stress and trauma.
Advanced Training with the Masters
Jenny’s passion for the endless study of Chinese medicine leads her to take many more continuing education courses than are required. Below is a partial list of these post-graduate classes:
- Nefeli Facial Rejuvenation & Advanced Body Resculpting – Ping Zhang DOM, LAc
- The Examination & Treatment of Neck Disorders – Jaime Chavez LAc
- Kiiko Acupuncture Basics – Kiiko Matsumoto OMD, LAc
- Classic Channel Theory & Palpation – Dr. Wang Ju-yi Center for Clinic Theory Research
- Shen-Hammer Pulse Fundamentals – Will Morris PhD, DAOM, LAc
- Shen-Hammer Pulse System & Applications – Will Morris PhD, DAOM, LAc
- Shen-Hammer Clinical Applications – Will Morris PhD, DAOM, LAc
- Fuku Shin, Abdominal Diagnosis in the Classical School of Kampo – Nigel Dawes LAc
- Xing Nao Kai Qiao Needling Technique for Apoplexy – Shi Xuemin MD
- TCM Pain Management – Andrew Fitzcharles LAc
- TCM Pain Management – George Stretch MD, LAc
- Field Acupuncture for Traumatic Events – Acupuncturists Without Borders
- Acupuncture 123 – The Balance Method – Richard Tan OMD, LAc
- Global Balance for Functional Disorders – Richard Tan OMD, LAc
- Treating Zang Fu Disorders w/ Meridian Conversion Therapy – Richard Tan OMD, LAc
- Balancing the Five Elements – Richard Tan OMD, LAc
- Palpation Based Acupuncture for Gynecology & Infertility – David Euler LAc
- Treatment of Lower Body Pain with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs – Bob Doane LAc
- Volunteer Training – Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic
- Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – Virginia Doran LAc
- Tung’s Acupuncture Points on Pain Management – Wei-chieh Young MD
- Low Back Pain and Shoulder Pain – Kiiko Matsumoto OMD, LAc
- Cosmetic Acupuncture: Mei Zen Face, Neck & Abdominal Acupuncture – Martha Lucas PhD, LAc
- Integrative Cancer Care: Optimizing the Biological Terrain – Nalini Chilkov OMD, LAc
- Chinese Medicine for Women Undergoing Western Cancer Treatment – Nancy Legato LAc
- Master Tung’s Point and Collections Formulas – Brad Whisnat DAOM, LAc
- Integrative Chinese Medicine – Cancer Support & Treatment – Misha Cohen OMD, LAc
- Clinical Applications of Shang Han Lun & Jin Gui Yao Lue – Kevin Zhu MD, DAOM, LAc
- Herb-Drug Interactions – Anita Chen Marshall, Pharm.D., LAc
- Scientific Foundation of Acupuncture – Peng Li MD, Zhiling Guo MD, Liangwu Fu MD
- Pulse Diagnosis – Martha Lucas PhD, LAc
- EENT – Dr. Wu
- Clinical Applications of Yi Jing – Samson Cheung PhD
- TCM Dietetics – Xinggui Tan MD
- Gastroenterology – Yi E. Ding MD & John Jackson MD
- TCM Cupping Therapy – Zelin Chen, CMD
- Dermatology & External Diseases – John Naiqiang Gu, LAc & Alan Wong, MD
- Orthopedics & Traumatology – Robert Chu, PhD, LAc, QME
- Allergy and Immunology – Robert Chu, PhD, LAc, QME & Alan Wong, MD
- Cardiovascular Diseases – Daniel Jiao, DAOM, LAc & Alan Wong, MD
- Classical Formulas, Herbs, & TCM Patterns – Huang Huang MD, CMD
- Neurology – T.J. Tao MD
- Clinical Applications of Neijing/Nanjing – Rui Li MD
- Pediatrics – Garry Crummer MD, Daniel Jiao LAc
- Sports Medicine & Muscle Channel Technique- Frank He, LAc, QME
- Five Element Acupuncture – Gary Dolowich MD, LAc
- Psychiatry & Psychotherapy – Joseph Yang, PhD, LAc, Dr. Wang
- Herb Alternatives to Drugs – Anita Chen Marshall, DAOM, Pharm.D., L.Ac.
- East-West Pediatric Medicine: Practical Training to Improve Clinical Success – Robin Green LAc
- CST & TCM Energetics 1 – Jennifer Minor DAOM, LAc
- Abdominal Acupuncture – Paul Ryan LAc
- Tung’s Acupuncture – Robert Chu, LAc
- Neuromuscular Pain – Dawn Mytoka MD, Holly Guzman OMD LAc
- Electroacupuncture for Pain and Orthopedics – Don Lee LAc
- Women’s Health and Endocrinology – Huimin Wang, Holly Guzman OMD, LAc
- Metabolic Diseases – Candon Li
- PTSD/Traumatic Brain Injury – Robyn Grieve DAOM, LAc
- Women’s Health – Holly Guzman OMD, LAc
- Pulse Balance System Internship Level 1 – Martha Lucas PhD, LAc
- Pulse Balance System Internship Level 2 – Martha Lucas PhD, LAc
- Acute & Chronic Low Back Pain Assessment & Treatment – Anthony Lombardi, DC
- Introduction to TCM for Degenerative Eye Disease – Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc
- TCM Ophthalmology – Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc
- MA 48 Certification – Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc
- Advanced MA 48 – Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc
- Micro Systems in Ophthalmic Acupucture: Points & Protocols – Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc
- EXSTORE Motor Points & Electro-Acupuncture – Anthony Lombardi, DC
- Assessment and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis – Anthony Lombardi, DC
- Facial Diagnosis: The Psychological & Emotional Underlay of Disease – Lillian Bridges
- Obstetric Complications in Pregnancy: Red Flags for Acupuncturists – Sarah Budd RN, RM, Dipl. Ac.
- BodyMapping Acupuncture & Herbs for Fast Pain Relief- Cole Magbanua DACM, LAc
- When Emotions Impact Fertility, Treatment w/ Acupuncture Point Combinations – David Hartman
- Implantation to Birth: Acupuncture & Herbs to Support better Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes
Sarah Budd RN, RM, Dipl. Ac., Sharon Weizenbaum LAc, Claudia Citovitz PhD, LAc, Debra Betts PhD
- Clarifying Diagnosis – Sharon Sharon Weizenbaum LAc
- The Treatment of Infertility – Jane Lyttleton BSc, MPhil, Dip TCM, Cert Herbal Medicine China