PRACTITIONERS

 

Candace Jania L.Ac., FABORM

Candace Jania L.Ac., FABORM

Owner & Founder

Candace Jania is the owner and founder of the Acupuncture Center for Reproductive Health and the Acupuncture Center for Family Health. After receiving a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, she continued her studies with a post-graduate pre-med curriculum from Hunter College in NYC. She then attended the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for her training in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She also completed a 2 year Graduate Mentorship Program with Herbal Master Sharon Weizenbaum. 

Candace is licensed both nationally (NCCAOM Dipl. Of Oriental Medicine) and in the state of NJ (L.Ac.). She received one of the tops scores to become board certified as a Fellow on the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). She is Secretary of the New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has had much success in treating emotional disorders, allergies, migraines, pain, skin disorders and much more. Candace has extensive training and experience with issues concerning reproductive health- specifically fertility, pregnancy, gynecological imbalances and women’s health. She treats her entire family with her medicine for their colds and flus, coughs, and anything else that comes up.

Candace also is trained in Master Tung acupuncture and Dr. Tan Balance Method, both of which are superior methods of pain relief.

Chinese Medicine is Candace’s passion, which also extends into her home life. She grows many herbs in her organic garden and treats her animals (chickens, dogs and cats) with herbal medicine as well.

Michael Gonzales L.Ac.

Michael Gonzales L.Ac.

Michael Gonzales earned his Masters of Science & Traditional Chinese Medicine from one of the top ranked schools, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in 2002. From 2003 to 2007 he practiced in San Francisco. He worked closely with and was mentored by Dr. Angela Wu, author of Fertility Wisdom. His main focus was treating couples with fertility challenges. In 2007 Michael moved to NJ and has worked alongside medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic coaches and massage therapists. He has extensive experience with pain management, sports injuries and fertility.

Michael believes that the body has a natural ability to heal itself. Although he mainly uses acupuncture to assist the body’s natural healing response, he also looks at how nutrition, exercise, stress and spirituality influence a person’s current condition. Michael sees himself as a partner in a person’s healing journey, assisting them in taking responsibility for their health.

Recently, Michael had a strong calling to continue studying Qi Gong and energy healing and incorporates it while doing acupuncture and body work.

Dawn Regan

Dawn Regan

Dawn Regan joined the Acupuncture Center in August of 2011.  She finds all aspects of running the office pleasurable.  She feels the practitioners and clients make coming to work enjoyable along with the relaxing and peaceful environment.

Dawn was a stay at home mom for many years.  She worked from home volunteering for the USTA and was named the USTA Team Tennis Coordinator of the Year in 2003.  In addition to volunteering, she assisted in running a small retail business.  She plays pickleball for enjoyment, exercise and to relieve stress.  She now appreciates acupuncture on a weekly basis.

Trish Stagg

Trish Stagg

Trish is our office assistant and has worked at the Acupuncture Center for 3.5 years. Trish earned her Bachelor’s in Marketing from Iona college and worked at Merrill Lynch for several years. She then worked as a full time homemaker raising three wonderful daughters, and most recently worked for a fundraising company before joining our team!

You might be lucky enough to hear Trish’s friendly greeting when calling our office or see her smiling face when you’re in for an appointment. She also handles all of our referrals and is the wizard behind our essential oil blends.  In her free time, Trish volunteers for FISH, and likes to stay active. She loves to play tennis, run and ski.

Katie Tracey

Katie Tracey

Katie is the Acupuncture Center’s social media manager and part time member of the administrative. Katie first joined the team as an administrative assistant in 2011. She immediately fell in love with acupuncture and was inspired to delve deeper into her understanding of integrative health and Western medicine. In 2012, Katie became a certified yoga instructor and moved to California, where she worked in non-profit development before becoming a stay at home mom in 2014. Since returning to New Jersey in late 2018, Katie rejoined the best staff around! In her free time, she stays busy chasing around her two sons, doing yoga, reading and cooking! Katie handles social event planning and manages our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Melissa Gaita

Melissa Gaita

Melissa is the newest addition to the Acupuncture Center administrative team, but she is no stranger to the family! Melissa and Candace met when they were 12 & have been close friends since. Melissa was a stay at home mom to three for many years, and now that her babies are grown up, she has branched out to other endeavors. Melissa and her husband own a pizzeria in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ that keeps them incredibly busy in the summertime & there’s never a dull moment. Over the summer weekends, when she is not at the office, you can usually find her there slinging slices. Melissa loves spending her free time with her kids and 12 nieces & nephews.