Who We Are

As private practitioners, co-founders and owners Jennifer Potthast and Laura Schlieske found it increasingly difficult to treat patients as frequently as needed to achieve their health goals. It was too expensive and most insurance companies did not cover the amount of acupuncture needed, if at all. Their solution: community acupuncture. They met at the end of May 2009 and their dream became a reality when they opened the clinic in the beginning of November 2009. In addition to Jennifer and Laura, there is now an amazing and experienced team of acupuncturists working at the clinic – Tona Marquez, and Kathelee Banister (As of 11/22/17 Kathelee Banister has left on an extended retreat and is no longer practicing at our clinic). (See practitioner bios below)

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We feel very passionately about what we do at Downtown Community Acupuncture and welcome any suggestions that will help us better serve our patients and our community.

Meet Our Practitioners

Jennifer Potthast

Jennifer Potthast, M.S., L.Ac.

Jennifer Potthast was awarded a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, in 2005…
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Kathelee Banister

Kathelee Banister, M.S., L.Ac. (As of 11/22/17 Kathelee has left on retreat and is no longer practicing at the clinic)

Kathelee Banister received her Masters degree in Chinese Medicine from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in 2001 while studying with Cathy McNease…
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Laura Schlieske

Laura Schlieske, M.S., L.Ac.

Laura Schlieske received a Masters degree of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in 2006…
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Tona Marquez

Tonatiuh “Tona” Marquez, M.S., L.Ac.

Tona Marquez completed his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine studies at Santa Barbara College of….
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