root & branch practitioners


We are a dedicated group of practitioners whose common aim is to support clients holistically and comprehensively to reach their health goals and improve outcomes.  Taking the best from various healing traditions, we offer acupuncture, psychotherapy, Mayan abdominal massage, eating psychology coaching, and naturopathic medicine.

Denise Bowden, MS, LAc, Acupuncturist and Clinical Herbalist: Denise practices Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture and clinical herbology.  As the owner and founder of the root and the branch, she believes that the beauty of Chinese medicine reveals itself most exquisitely in the realm of reproductive medicine.  The medicine can treat all types of reproductive health and fertility concerns by finding where there is disharmony, and initiating new balance. To learn more, please visit

Juli Fraga, PsyD, Psychologist: Dr. Juli Fraga is a psychologist who specializes in perinatal and reproductive health concerns. Trained in mindfulness, she approaches each of her clients from a place of depth and wholeness. She also co-developed and co-facilitaes a postpartum support group, “The Afterglow” for the UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program. She has extensive training assessing, diagnosing and treating postpartum mood concerns. She is on the board of Postpartum Support International and is an active member of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, as well as the CPMC Perinatal Hospital Task Force.  To learn more, please visit

BioMaya3Laura Brown, HP, C-ATMAT, Mayan Abdominal Therapist: Laura is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and a Certified practitioner of the Maya Abdominal Therapy (The Arvigo Techniques). She dedicates her practice to all issues related to female reproductive health and fertility. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™ address position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. The work is best known for the correction of the prolapsed, fallen, or tilted uterus. This technique improves circulation of oxygen, blood flow, and Qi to the pelvic region for optimum health and well-being. To learn more, please visit

CGY_headshotChristina Youngren, NMD, Naturopathic Doctor:  Dr. Youngren is nationally-board certified and trained in primary preventative care, and is an expert in the prevention and natural treatment of disease. She believes that every person is unique, and so each patient’s treatment plan is customized to meet their individual needs. Dr. Youngren has undergone extensive training in Environmental Medicine, including a fellowship at The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her practice focuses on Women’s health, Metabolic disorders, Autoimmunity/Chronic disease, and Fertility/Preconception care. Dr. Youngren utilizes environmental medicine testing and techniques when working with patients to help reduce the environmental burdens that are contributing to many chronic health issues. If you are interested in establishing care with Dr.Youngren she offers free 15-minute consultations.  To learn more, please visit

amarcus-101-4x6Alexandria Marcus, HLC, EPC, Certified Eating Psychology Coach: Alexandria helps support her clients in breaking free from troublesome eating patterns they have struggled with for years to discover peace and balance around their relationship with food, weight and their body.  She works with individuals who would like to lose weight, chronically diet or restrict food, binge or compulsively eat, and have body image issues.   She invites her clients to learn how their body is sharing hidden messages through their excess weight and eating challenges and provides tools to decode their inner wisdom.  She coaches clients one-on-one both in person and over the phone and leads her popular “Beyond Weight Loss” 8-week classes for women where she offers a non-diet approach of diving into issues around weight, food and body image in a safe, supportive community.  She’s a Certified Eating Psychology Coach focused on Mind-Body Nutrition and a CHEK Certified Holistic Lifestyle and Nutrition Coach Level 2.  She’s studied and supported workshops of New York Times best-selling author Geneen Roth and appeared on The Oprah Show.  To learn more, please visit