Dr. Mitsuko (Mimi) Ishimaru-Cortez is a California state board licensed Naturopathic Doctor as well as a licensed acupuncturist. As a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, Dr. Mimi’s approach to treat the patient is unique in terms of integrating oriental and western natural therapies. She is dedicated to guiding patients to achieve their optimal health. Her treatment starts with listening to the patient’s story, understanding the factors that affect the patient’s health, and seeking to find the root causes of the disease rather than simply treating symptoms. Her special foci are in the areas of chronic disease, women’s health, anti-aging therapies, mental/emotional health, pain management, and infertility. Studying extensively with Dr. Hua Ling Xu, a Chinese medical gynecology expert, and Christine Chung, LAc,a board-certified fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), has helped to further her knowledge in those areas.
As a native Japanese with an American education, Dr. Mimi has been very fortunate to learn directly from renowned Japanese acupuncture masters by assisting and translating their seminars both in the United States and Japan. She is also one of very few practitioners who performs Japanese-style facial rejuvenation (face-lift) techniques which she learned from Yoko Ooasa, the dean of the acupuncture and moxibustion department at Shikoku Medical College.
Dr. Mimi earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Canada. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was called, “one of the most brilliant students ever to come through our school” by AIMC’s clinical director. Dr. Mimi is a certified medical qi gong practitioner; has completed both Chinese- and Japanese-styled facial rejuvenation courses; and will soon complete a clinically-intensive doctorate degree at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland. Dr. Mimi was a financial analyst in high tech before changing her career to become a doctor.
Dr. Mimi may be seen in our Lafayette office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and every other Saturday.
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