Dr. Erika Bittner opens Sakura Soul, LLC at 3500 Trinity Dr., Unit B3. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
Dr. Erika Bittner, a Los Alamos native, has a background steeped in science. She earned degrees in environmental science and biology and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Recently, she decided to pursue another science – Eastern medicine. As a result, Bittner opened her practice, Sakura Soul, LLC, Jan. 9. Her practice is at 3500 Trinity Dr., Unit B3. She shares a space with Venusto Hair Salon.
Bittner offers a wide variety of services, which include traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
The types of acupuncture she offers include:
- Cosmetic acupuncture, which can stimulate collagen production and improve skin quality;
- Japanese acupuncture, which is a gentle technique; and
- Estoteric acupuncture, which utilizes essential oils.
Bittner also offers reiki or a healing technique similar to massage and practices a kinesiology technique to test allergies. To help eliminate allergies, Bittner uses acupuncture.
Eastern medicine is something Bittner said she has always had an interest in.
“I’ve always been interested in acupuncture,” she said. “I really wanted to help people with the root cause of their illnesses … and doing something in a holistic way makes my soul whole.”
To the skeptics, Eastern medicine this isn’t some far-out, alternative practice. Bittner pointed out that acupuncture is a 2,000-year-old practice recognized by the World Health Organization.
Bittner studied Eastern medicine at the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe. Besides learning about acupuncture, Bittner also studied herbs and nutrition. She is a certified herbalist.
She studied reiki at the Wu Wei School of Reiki in Berkeley, Calif. Additionally in 2015, Bittner completed an internship at Life Link in Santa Fe. She said Life Link is a nonprofit that assists people suffering a range of issues from PTSD to depression.
Bittner said she is enjoying her new career.
“I absolutely love it,” she said. “I find it so incredibly rewarding to help people.”
Bittner’s practice is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment. To learn more, visit https://sakura-soul.com/services or call 575.425.0805.