Meet Our Clinical Practitioners
Susan Kim, L.Ac, Dipl. OM
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist, Co-Founder, Secretary, and Treasurer of Pacific Coast Community Acupuncture
Susan Kim is the heart of PCCA. It was Susan who had the initial vision to create a community acupuncture clinic, and the motivation to carry it through. Her caring energy and touch can be felt in every aspect of the clinic and the community.
Susan Kim, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, was awarded a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, where she graduated with honors. She is recognized by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. Susan has a BS in sports medicine from the University of the Pacific. She has treated at Being Alive Los Angeles, Venice Family Clinic, the Yo San University clinic, and at the Veterans stand-down in Los Angeles. During July, 2015 Susan was part of the first team of acupuncturists to officially participate in the Olympics (the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles).
Craig Swogger, L.Ac, DAOM, Dipl. OM
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist, Co-Founder, and President of the Board of Pacific Coast Community Acupuncture
Craig Swogger was awarded both a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University where he graduated with Highest Honors. He is recognized by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. Craig completed his doctoral work at Emperor's College in Santa Monica. The Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree is the highest training offered to acupuncturists in the western world. Those who complete it typically have several thousand more hours of training than other acupuncturists.
Helping others with Traditional Chinese Medicine was a natural choice for Craig, who has been practicing meditation for over 25 years. He has lead or taught meditation at New York Insight Meditation Center, Dharmapunx NYC, and Against the Stream Santa Monica.
Craig has treated at the Yo San University Clinic, Being Alive Los Angeles (where he supervised the acupuncture clinic for two years), and Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu. He has taught at UC Davis, the Shiatsu Massage School of California, and Yo San University. During July, 2015 Craig was a part of the first team of acupuncturists to officially participate in the Olympics (the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles).
Craig has specialized training in acupuncture for the treatment of immunity (including auto-immune and other immune system diseases), cardiac disorders, and nutrition.
Allen Liu, L.Ac, MATCM
Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Allen Liu is a licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of Yo San University with a Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After graduation, Yo San University invited Allen to return to work in the clinic as a licensed practitioner (a coveted position for graduates). Allen also runs a private practice, where he treats patients both privately and in community. He has previous degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of California at Irvine.
Dr. Andrea Renee Rivera, LAc., CA Acu Board Tutorial-CP, DACM Fellow
Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Dr. Andrea Renee, L.Ac., CA Acu Board Tutorial-CP, DACM Fellow is a licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Certified Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Practitioner by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA.org).
In addition to earning her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with a specialization in Orthopedics and Chigong at Yo San University in LA, CA, completing clinical internship at Yo San's Blount Clinic with externships at Venice Family Clinic and The Wellness Center at LA County USC Hospital, Dr. Renee also completed the extensive 4000-hour CA State Acupuncture Board Tutorial Program as a Doctoral Fellow, Assistant Clinic/Herbal Medicine Pharmacy Supervisor and Board Exam Tutor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA University of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX, the top 5 Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine University in the U.S.
Besides practicing Acupuncture and Herbology in LA, CA, Dr. Renee and has also been working with over 3000 clients as a Yoga and Meditation Instructor since 2007 and an Asian Bodywork Therapist practicing Medical Chigong Energy Work, Acupressure, Cupping, Auriculo-Therapy treatments & Exercise Therapy since 2010.
Driven by her own personal history of overwork, celiac, MTHFR, orthopedic trauma, chronic pain and PTSD since a car accident in 1994, it is Dr. Renee’s resolute mission to empower others to end their own suffering by learning how to become their own medicine at will, as needed, as she herself has done, utilizing the tools she personally practices daily of Yoga, Meditation, Chigong, Acupuncture, Herbology and Personal Development.