140 Gregory Lane, Suite 105  ~  Pleasant Hill, CA 94523  ~  (925) 280-6026

Practitioner Bios:

Laura Metzdorff, L.Ac.

Laura is a California state licensed acupuncturist originally from Long Island, NY. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor's in English Literature, Laura found herself wanting to do more. She knew she wanted to work with people, but wasn't sure what avenue to take. A friend in Oregon introduced her to herbal medicine and shortly after a Long Island friend recommended acupuncture. So began the path to her true calling.

Laura started her graduate education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. After her third year there, Laura decided to explore life on the West Coast and moved to California to finish her studies at Pacific's San Diego campus where she obtained a Master's in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

During school, Laura assisted at North Shore Acupuncture in Encinitas, CA. She then spent two years assisting and practicing at The Healing Sanctuary in Tustin, CA. In December of 2010, she moved to Northern California and co-founded Earth and Air Wellness in Walnut Creek.

Laura has always believed that there is more to health than what we've been taught and she has made it her mission to help others gain back power over their health. Her true passion is education. She believes that the first step towards wellness is knowledge and she strives to inspire others.

Maria Yung, L.Ac.

Maria Yung is a third-generation practitioner of Chinese medicine, following a tradition started over 70 years ago by her grandmother, Dr. Bing Yin Lee. Like her grandmother, Maria specializes in women's health including the treatment of hormonal imbalances, menstrual problems, fertility, and gynecological cancers.

Maria started her family at the age of forty and has three young kids. Maria has a special passion in helping women achieve their dreams of motherhood. Over the years, Maria has helped hundreds of women become moms.

Maria combines a traditional Chinese medicine approach with her strong support of integrative health care. She encourages her patients to take a holistic approach to their health that includes a healthy diet, exercise, healthy habits, and emotional wellness.

In addition to her work with us at Earth & Air Wellness, Maria is currently clinic director and head acupuncturist at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, a holistic health clinic that provides free treatment to low-income women with cancer.

She is a graduate of UCLA and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, and completed post-graduate training at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China.

Emily Edmonds, L.Ac., MSOM, Dipl. Ac NCCAOM

Emily is a graduate with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California. Emily also has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and she spent several years working in the biofuels field decided to pursue traditional Chinese medicine.

During the course of her studies at AIMC, she interned with the First Teaching Hospital in Tianjin, China which specialized in stroke rehabilitation. She has also interned with the UCSF Benioff Children’s hospital at Mission Bay providing acupuncture treatments to the hospital staff. Additionally, she has done post-graduate training working with the UC Berkeley Athletics department treating sports injuries and orthopedic conditions for college atheletes.

Emily’s clinical focus is on orthopedics, autoimmune disorders, and endocrine disorders. Emily’s technique is very gentle and is based on the Japanese Meridian therapy system which is a therapy focusing on pain-free insertion. She also offers Shiatsu massage and Tui-Na.