About Your Acupuncturist

DemetraBioPhoto copyDemetra Markis, L.Ac.

Demetra is a California licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. She began her  clinical training in 2005 and has been in full-time clinical practice since 2009.

Demetra founded Yerba Buena Community Acupuncture (now Tiny Needles) in San Francisco in 2010, which has given over 65,000 affordable acupuncture treatments since opening. Demetra provided over 25,000 treatments and treated more than 4,000 individual patients through that clinic.

Demetra is also a trained Western herbalist as well as a licensed herbalist in the Traditional Chinese Medicine tradition, and has been studying and using herbal medicine since 1992. She completed herbal apprenticeships with Pam Fischer of the Ohlone Center for Herbal Studies in Berkeley and Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain, and has taken continuing educational courses with Michael Moore, Susan Weed, Matthew Wood, Mary Pat Palmer, and many other respected herbalists.

Her broad experience has given her the skills to assess an enormous variety of healthcare issues to find the acupuncture points that will support each individual the best.

Demetra is a registered Continuing Education provider with the state of California, and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician and volunteer EMT with the Fort Ross Volunteer Fire Department. Her professional liability insurance provider is the CM&F Group and her CA state acupuncture license number is AC 13328.

Demetra lives on Gualala Ranch with her family, where she is growing medicinal herbs from Chinese, California native, and traditional Western herbal systems for use in community pharmacy preparations. She is a board member of the Coast Ridge Community Forest, and enjoys shepherding a flock of Katahdin sheep and singing jazz with Pocket Swing. She loves the beauty of this area but even more, the community that flourishes here.