Archive for July, 2016


Lamorinda Healing Arts is excited and proud to announce the arrival of an amazing new body worker to our clinic.

Albert Cortez is a California- and Oregon-licensed massage therapist, a Neuromuscular Re-education practitioner, and a Certified Fitness Trainer. He has over a decade of experience focusing on structural alignment and pain management using many different modalities, from neuromuscular therapy to Active Release Technique; myofascial release to cranial sacral and deep tissue.

Albert has worked with athletes at the highest levels of professional sports, including Olympic competitors, dancers, members of the America’s Cup winning team, runners, and bodybuilders, among many others.​ He has received 1,500 hours of massage training and completed his associate degree in massage therapy. He has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, and currently is currently in a doctoral program for Chiropractic medicine.

Albert is a very intuitive therapist, which enables him to quickly connect with a client’s body and formulate the most appropriate treatment for their condition. A client can expect to receive a completely different treatment each time they see him. He has always wanted to help support others, and this desire drove him to become a massage therapist. Seeing a client’s big smile of relief after a massage and the positive results of the attendant changes in their life keeps him motivated to learn new techniques and seek for higher education on an ongoing basis.

Albert may be seen in our Lafayette office on Wednesdays and Saturdays by appointment. For more information, use our Contact page or contact us at (925) 283-3860.


Lamorinda Healing Arts is excited and proud to announce the arrival of an amazing new practitioner to our stable of healing professionals.

mimipicDr. 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. For more information, use our Contact page or contact us at (925) 283-3860.

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