Neva Healer is a Santa Cruz local who has spent the last several decades committed to learning, growing, and serving. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Chemistry from UC San Diego, before moving on to complete a Masters of Science in Land Resources from Montana State University. She now holds her Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, and has completed extensive postgraduate study and specialization in Classical Five Elements acupuncture. Neva also completed an immersive acupuncture internship in Hangzhou, China, studying directly under master acupuncturists and herbalists.
For the past 15 years, Neva has explored and invested in her own wellness through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, therapy, spiritual ceremonies, and education under global thought leaders and gurus. This has helped her to maintain centeredness and spiritual connection that she feels is key to her joy and serenity in life.
The unique combination of scientific study, critical thinking, academia (both Western and Eastern), and deep personal work allows Neva to provide transcendent healing and profound awakening to her patients.
When Neva is not at work, you can usually find her chasing her two small children around with her wife. They all enjoy being outdoors as a family - biking, walking, going to the beach, etc. Before the kids were born, Neva filled her spare time with outdoor activities such as surfing, rock climbing, skiing, camping and road and mountain biking. She is hoping to get back to these adventures as soon as the kids are old enough to join in!
Neva’s life experience as a bisexual woman has guided her to center herself from a place of non-judgment and open mindedness. As well, her experiences throughout pregnancy, the birthing process and motherhood have profoundly and deeply shaped who she is as a person today. The birthing process specifically drove home the idea that there is no one-size-fits-all healthcare standard. The non-judgment and open mindedness from her social experiences organically bled into her opinions of healthcare. She believes every human body is like a snowflake, no one is exactly alike. What works for one person, might not work for another. And what works for someone one day, might not necessarily work the next. This allows her to more easily be with her patients in the present moment, in a state of compassion and open presence.