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The Right Treatment For You With Our Atwater Village Center

Every patient is unique and requires unique treatment. After an initial examination, our Santa Barbara & Glendale Acupuncturist, Dr. Kim-Wagner can determine what will be the most efficient and most effective treatment.


Depending on the desired effect, different techniques can be used to stimulate, sedate, or regulate blood circulation and the central nervous system to restore health. Each acupuncture point has its own specific depth at which the needle is inserted. Acupuncturists are well aware of any organs, nerves and vasculature underneath and surrounding every point. After treatment, patients feel relaxed, rejuvenated and experience partial to total relief of symptoms.

Acupuncture Face Lift

A facial rejuvenation using acupuncture, tightens pores, improves muscle tone and dermal contraction, while enhancing and increasing elasticity of the skin. Acupuncture can reduce signs of aging by strengthening and stimulating the circulation of Qi within the meridian pathways, especially those of the face.

Custom Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is a medical science with its own theory of physiology functions, its own diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities which include Acupuncture and Herbal Prescriptions. Has a 2000 year old history of continual evolution and success. It is one of the most sophisticated clinical systems in the world for analyzing patterns of ill health and treating them successfully. Unlike Western herbology, which promotes single herbs with singular benefits, Chinese herbology used herbs in combination to treat multiple disorders. The Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia contains numerous herbal formulas for tonifying the energy and vitality of the human physiology, something that is not readily available in Western herbology. Herbs are very powerful medicine and prescribed on an individual basis.

Rapid Release Therapy

Rapid Release Therapy is a revolutionary breakthrough in therapeutic technology focused on relief of soft tissue problems affecting nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. RRT was designed from the ground up to target scar tissue adhesions with a specific frequency.

Massage Therapy

Soft-tissue manipulation of the body is generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. There are many variations and techniques of massage. The appropriate technique is determined for each patient based on their specific condition. Massage is recommended in the medical community to treat headache, insomnia, digestive disorders, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, aches, pains as well as deep tissue damage.

Cupping Therapy

Though cupping is not new, it has gained popularity due to the recent Summer Olympics. Professional swimmers have been using the cupping treatment for years. Why? Cupping’s ability to combat soreness and heal overworked muscles makes it an ideal treatment for athletes. Of course, cupping is not just for athletes.

Cupping therapy has been a part of Oriental Medicine for over 2,500 years. It is like a very deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies a number of small cups to the body and creates a vacuum effect which draws the skin to the cup. This results in the movement of fresh blood to the area, releasing toxins, increasing circulation of blood and lymph , relaxing tight muscles and reducing inflammation. Cupping can be used for various types of pain including back, leg, neck, shoulder, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs for treatment of respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis, asthma and more. It can also benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting and diarrhea.

Bio-Ionic Foot Detox

Bio-Ionic Foot Detoxification is a gentle and effective way to detoxify, cleanse and balance the body by drawing impurities out of the body through the feet. As your feet soak in the ionic foot bath, your body will undergo and amazing cleanse, releasing years worth of stored toxins. How is this possible? The Bio-Iconic cleanse works by osmosis. The ionator which is placed in the foot bath, releases ions through the water and into your body. Your cells are energized by the ions and are able to release toxins, oils, acids, fats, heavy metals, cellular debris and waste that has accumulated over your lifetime.

Classical Pulse Diagnosis

Energy moves from each of the 12 organs in your torso to specific positions in the radial artery, on the wrist below your thumb. The function and strength of each organ is evaluated by the quality and strength of the blood flow in those specific positions. Acupuncturists will place their fingers over the pulse on your wrist to detect pulse speed and strength, and function and condition of the organs. During your initial consultation Dr. Kim-Wagner will utilize this classic diagnostic technique.

Non-Needle Alternatives

For those nervous about the use of needles there are several non-needle therapies available at Evergreen Wellness Center Inc.


Homeopathy developed over the last 200 years, with its origins in continental Europe. It is now one of the best known and most successful complementary therapies. Homeopathy is grounded in the principle that “like-treats-like”. After taking a comprehensive case history covering aspects of physical, mental and emotional health, Dr. Kim-Wagner then addresses the underlying causes of your condition by administering minute traces of natural substances delivered by in a series of dilutions.

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Meet Your Doctor, Dr. Joan Kim Wagner PhD, LAc — 3rd Generation Master Acupuncturist

  • Dr.
    Joan Kim-Wagner
    Executive Director of Evergreen Wellness

    Dr. Joan Kim-Wagner, L.Ac, Ph.D is a third generation acupuncturist whose family instilled in her the dictate to, “Help others with love and holistic guidance.” Dr. Kim-Wagner earned her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Dong-Guk University in Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Yuin University in Southern California. She is a board certified acupuncturist in the state of California, where she has been in private practice since 2003 and is nationally certified through the NCCA. She continues to revolutionize the field of acupuncture and increase her own knowledge through ongoing study with numerous acupuncturist Masters from around the world.

Los AngelesTop-Rated Acupuncturist, Doctor Joan Kim Wagner PhD, LAc

5 Star Reviews of Evergreen Acupuncture & Wellness Center

  • "I originally went to Dr. Joan Kim-Wagner for chronic neck pain. I have to say I was quite skeptical, but also desperate to get relief and nothing else was working.She is extremely knowledgeable about the human body and has fixed every complaint I have brought to her attention. That was over a year ago. Since then less than a few weeks into being treated 3 times a week I had gone from chronic pain taking 3 medications to minimal or no pain and occasionally one medication. She has also been managing my blood pressure for which I was taking 3 different medications, now down to two. The idea is to get off of all meds completely. My weight and physical condition has improved tremendously. I only visit once a week now."
    Mike W. Los Angeles, CA
  • "Joan Wagner is a wonderful, experienced acupuncturist! She helps me with my Multiple Sclerosis- permanent disability. Thanks to Joan Wagner’s acupuncture, her loving, caring attitude, I don’t take MS steroids. It helps me to live a happy and healthy life."
    Sarah J. Los Angeles, CA
  • "I'm going to Dr.Kim for more energy and anti-aging. So far my experience has been very good.Very clean and beautiful office. Staff was very helpful. Not crazy about needles but, Dr.Kim made the process very easy."
  • "I've been coming to Evergreen for 3 years. I've had a few different chronic health conditions. Acupuncture and herbs have helped bring more balance to my body and boost my immune system. Last year I came down with a frozen shoulder. Acupuncture was a part of the healing process. It always felt better after a treatment. I've had hormone imbalance and cramps my entire life. No longer have to take pain medicine for cramps. Dr Kim is helping me through the change of life and I'm so very grateful. I am given herbs that help cool my body down so I don't have to deal with heat flashes. Thank you Evergreen for all your help!"
  • "The best acupuncture facility I've been in. The staff is very helpful and friendly. I like that Dr. Kim takes the time to explain the process before you go through with your treatment."
  • "I met Dr. Kim and her staff at the women's expo in LA. She's very nice and informative. The acupuncture has definitely helped my neck and shoulder pain. The staff here are so nice and they really listen to my needs which is a plus. They are flexible with scheduling and will always call me Back when I leave a message. In addition, they send reminder texts for my appointments which I find helpful. I also love working with Marjan who is very gentle and helpful when assisting me."
  • "I went to Joan's practice in Santa Barbara, she is normally in Santa Barbara once a week. I did the all over wellness check and Face Lift acupuncture. It was so relaxing that I fell asleep. When I woke up, I can see my lips corner totally got lift up. It was like someone had taped my chin back. She also offer weight loss treatments too. I would totally recommended this to all the brides especially!"
  • "I started going to Evergreen Acupuncture about 4 weeks ago. I had a really bad shoulder pain that ran through my Arm down to my fingers. Dr.Kim spent time and carefully diagnosed my symptoms and explained exactly what she was going to do to turn things around. The truth is that acupuncture is one of the steps toward turning on the healing process and with her advice on my diet and my daily routine, together we solved my shoulder pain and now I am feeling better.Her staff are amazing and very professional and super accommodating.They all work as a team to make you feel comfortable and welcomed each time they see you. I am looking forward to feeling even better as I continue to work with Evergreen Acupuncture."
  • "I started acupuncture treatments at Evergreen 2 weeks ago. The treatments helped me with my Depression & Anxiety symptoms. I can handle stress better at my job. My energy levels started to increase. My fatigue levels started to decrease. So far I’m satisfied with my treatments. Thank you Joan Kim-Wagner."
    Depression & Anxiety Patient, LOS ANGELES, CA
  • "Over the years I have visited Dr. Kim for my chronic stiff neck and shoulders. She was able to help me to move freely. I have also had the face lift acupuncture treatment which did wonders. While I was training for the LA marathon for some reason my ankle began to swell up. I hadn't fallen or out right injured it but it didn't look good. I visited Dr. Kim and immediately felt better. Dr. Kim has a calm bedside manner and has always made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I highly recommend her."