Nicole "Nika" Fugo Zibelman    |   Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Yoga Teacher & Mama


Raised in the gardens and kitchens of strong Italian matriarchs who taught lessons beyond words;  Turning the rich, dark soil, tending to vibrant gardens bursting with vegetables & herbs, stirring hot cauldrons of fragrant stews & sauces, sewing torn clothes by hand and continually learning to make use of all things as sacred & valuable.  The “old ways” were passed down as ancient secrets and carried the essence of simplicity; of living in rhythm with nature; using medicine from the plants around us; finding the sacred in each form.  It is from this place that Nika's first footsteps in sustainable, mindful living were born and what most deeply infuses her work.


"Nika is passionate about creating a sacred space for healing and empowering her clients to connect to that place of deep wisdom & resilience within." 

                     

  Nika's life path has truly been dedicated to the study of holistic healing practices, many rooted in nature based medicine.  This path has also been greatly influenced by her passion for comprehensive & empowered healthcare for women through all stages of life. Her clinical practice specializes in assisting women with reproductive health, fertility (both natural and in combination with ART),  hormonal balance and full spectrum pregnancy through postpartum care.  Nika also support babies and children with acupuncture, "shonishin" treatments (japanese acupressure), herbal medicine and moxa therapy.  


Nika is a mama to two strong spirited girls under the age of 5.  Her first hand experience of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and motherhood have added a deeper layer of understanding and wisdom to her professional practice and work with women.  When not seeing clients or keeping up with her family, she can be found hiking the beautiful trails of Northern California, tending to her own ever expanding garden, practicing yoga & meditation, supporting other local businesses and being an advocate/ally for women's resources in the county.

 

 


Education:

+ Western Herbal Training (3 years) at California School of Herbal Studies    2011-2014

+ Board Certified Acupuncturist both Nationally and in the State of California

+ Master's Degree in Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbology, 2009 -  Academy for Five Element Acupuncture,  Gainesville, FL   

+ Medical Qigong Practitioner Certification with Paul Fraser,  2009.

+ Certified Massage Therapist, 2006 -   Educating Hands School of Massage,  Miami FL.      (additional certification in Shiatsu and Thai Massage)

+ Fluent in both English & Spanish

 

Women's Wellness:

+ Integrative Fertility Symposium Participant, Vancouver, Canada.  2018.

+ Birthing From Within Facilitator Intensive, Portland, OR  2017.

+ Extensive CEU Coursework in Fertility, Women's Health, Lab Testing & Hormonal Assessment

+ Clinical Intensive in Women's Health & Pediatrics with Soma Glick in Dharamsala, India  2012. 

+ 6 Month Tutorial Apprenticeship with Senior Women's Wellness Practitioner/ Acupuncturist Linda Gruber, SF  2012

+ Cornerstone Birth Doula Training,    Oakland, CA  2011

+ Pregnancy (1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester) Intensives & Pediatrics Coursework with Senior Acupuncturist & Midwife Raven Lang,  2011

 

Yoga:

+ Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor,   E-RYT with over 1,000 teaching hours,  Yoga Alliance Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher

+ Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training (I & II) with Jane Austen,  SF.  2015

+ Yoga for the Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard, 2014. 

+ 300 Hours+ in Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea 2009-10

+ Prenatal Yoga Training with Shiva Rea, 2009.  

+ Yin Yoga Training with Sarah Powers, 2007.

+ Yogi Hari's Ashram (Sivananda Style Yoga), Miramar, FL  2006.