I come from a long line of doctors from the North-Eastern region of Iran. My grandfather was a Western physician and founder of the Mashad Medical School. Seven generations before him were traditional doctors and herbalists. I am the first person in my family to study Acupuncture and the first to integrate Eastern and Western medicine. I studied Biology at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz and received my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in 2001. I feel honored to have inherited the practice at Meridian Acupuncture from two such fine practitioners as Drs. Carolyn Atkinson and Catherin Li, and to continue our service to the community. - Dadali Ziai, L.Ac