Meet Our Practitioners
Integrative Health in Santa Rosa
Vladi Starkov, Licensed Acupuncturist, DMQ, CMT, Founder
Vladi Starkov is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and natural health practitioner in Sonoma County who comes from a lineage of women healers in Bulgaria. From an early age, she was fascinated by her grandmother’s stories about herbs, healing, and medicine. She always knew this was her calling, and in her teens became interested in Eastern philosophy, meditation, and Yoga. While pursuing her BA at Boston University, a friend suggested she see an acupuncturist for a medical condition. She was instantly intrigued by the holistic way this treatment led to miraculous results and addressed the entire human being. This experience along with her first class in Chinese Medicine in college helped set her on a path of healing and study.
Vladi has been practicing as an acupuncturist for many years, successfully addressing a wide variety of health conditions. She loves to help people who are ready to Flourish! Vladi is committed to facilitating and supporting her clients in their radical transformation. She has helped people with diverse pain conditions, fertility trouble, her pregnancy-related complaints, emotional problems, PMS, skin and digestive issues and many others. She has had more than 5,500 hours of academic and clinical training in Chinese Medicine theory, Western Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbology, Medical Qigong, and Nutrition and is a graduate of the prestigious Five Branches University. Vladi, an expert Santa Rosa acupuncturist, holds extensive training in the areas of pain, women’s health, fertility, Ayurveda and psycho-spiritual emotional balance.
Before founding Flourish Integrative Health in Santa Rosa, Vladi graduated from the renowned Doctorate Program at the International Institute of Medical Qigong and earned DMQ status (Doctor of Medical Qigong). She has had the greatest honor to be a student of renowned Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson in his Taoist mysticism, Medical Qigong and TaiJi classes for five years. Vladi loves to integrate “the best of the East” and is currently pursuing deeper training in Ayurveda and enjoying both the similarities and differences from her previous training. She is also a Certified Massage Therapist, with specialties in Asian Bodywork, namely Shiatsu, Lotus Hands, and Ayurvedic massage.
She loves living in California and enjoys hiking, dancing, singing in harmony, meditating, doing Yoga and Qigong, studying Buddhism, traveling internationally, and growing.
Vladi is in the office Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Dr. Jen Riegle, Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Jen Riegle is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, with a degree from Bastyr University, a leading institution in natural medical care and research. She carries advanced certification and training in women’s health, infertility, biofeedback, and traditional medicine practices. Dr. Jen is passionate about medicine and connecting with each of her patients. She combines her knowledge and skills as a diagnostician in the western and traditional medicine worlds, with an deep compassion and intuition, to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for her patients.
Dr. Jen often orients as a doctor and in life to the concept of balance. Balance is not something that we permanently achieve in life, because absolute balance is perfection. It is, however, something we work towards while finding joy and peace where we are, as much as is possible. Dr. Jen works with her patients, moving toward this balance using physical medicine, biofeedback and meditation, hydrotherapy, supplemental and herbal medicine, spiritual practices, and conventional approaches such as labs, medications, and various conventional tests.
When not with patients, you’ll likely find Jen spending time with her friends and family, dancing, playing outside, cooking, traveling, and spending time on retreat with her spiritual mentors. Make an appointment or drop in for a class with Dr. Jen to discover how you can move forward in your health and well-being journey today!
To reach Dr. Jen directly, please visit her website.
Dr. Jen is in the office Mondays and Thursdays all day.
Rose DeNicola, Certified Massage Therapist
Rose weaves together Eastern and Western techniques while listening to the body with a relaxing, intuitive, therapeutic touch. In this practice, she holds space for deepening connection and presence in the body.
Women’s health is at the center of Rose’s personal studies and massage practice. With a foundation in Swedish massage, she has specialized in modalities such as lymphatic, abdominal, and pregnancy massage. Her personal studies and ongoing training in yoga, meditation, herbalism, Qi-Gong, and nutrition have deepened her skills as a healer. Rose is also nourished by her love of traveling, cooking, backpacking, and dancing.
“I am thrilled to support women on their healing paths as part of the Flourish Integrative Health team, and I welcome you to practice receiving, listening to your body, and trusting the wisdom it offers you.” – Rose DeNicola
To reach Rose directly, please visit her website.
Rose is usually the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Zhouie Lee, Licensed Acupuncturist, DACM
Zhouie is a California Licensed Acupuncturist and holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. As a 10-year-old, Zhouie began accompanying her mother, a midwife, to home births, and continued to work with her mom as she built Bumi Sehat Foundation in Bali, Indonesia. While Zhouie never developed a calling for midwifery, her many hours sitting with laboring women cultivated a love for the strength of women and the desire to be a part of women’s health care. Over the years, Zhouie continued to work with her mom as she built Bumi Sehat Foundation in Bali, and found herself spending more and more time at Bumi Sehat’s community-style acupuncture clinic.
Thomas Edison once said: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” While Traditional Chinese Medicine existed long before Edison spoke these words, acupuncture often heals by focusing on rebalancing the body and resolving the root of the issue, rather than treating the superficial symptoms. Zhouie believes that true healing comes from a whole-
body approach that often includes lifestyle modifications and dietary changes, as well as acupuncture and herbal medicine; and a partnership between provider and patient to work together in building positive and sustainable changes in their lives.
As a health care provider, Zhouie is committed to empowering her patients through knowledge about their bodies, and a belief that women’s health should reach far beyond just reproductive and physical health. Zhouie is especially passionate about treating women during pregnancy. Acupuncture is so effective in helping to alleviate morning sickness, physical discomfort, the emotional upheavals that pregnancy hormones and the pressures of carrying new life can bring, and help new moms to rebuild energy and strength after childbirth. Zhouie has also had the
privilege of studying closely with Dr. Johnson Chiu, who specializes in the treatment of
musculoskeletal injuries and pain.
When not treating patients, you will usually find Zhouie reading in the garden, practicing yoga,
or cooking for her family.
Zhouie will be on maternity leave for two months starting July 9th
Dennis von Elgg, Licensed Acupuncturist
Dennis von Elgg comes to Flourish Integrative Health after practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for 18 years in the East Bay. He is also a professor at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley where he teaches diagnostics, acupuncture, herbology, and modern diseases in both their masters and doctorate programs. He also presents regularly at UC Berkeley as a guest lecturer on the integrative theories and treatments of Chinese Medicine.
Dennis is in the office Fridays and Sundays from 9-2pm
Jenny Harrow, MA, Operations Manager, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Jenny Harrow has a Master’s Degree in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is certified as an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, Guided Imagery Practitioner, and Forest Therapy Guide. A Sonoma County native, Jenny is deeply passionate about leading individuals and groups on a journey of self-exploration and healing. In addition to being the Operations Manager at Flourish Integrative Health, she is delighted to offer several mindfulness-oriented nature experiences through her practice EcoWisdom. Jenny is also co-founder of the nonprofit Integrative Healers Action Network, which emerged from the recent Sonoma County wildfires and aims to bring integrative healing services to emergency response situations. In her free time, Jenny enjoys being immersed in nature, playing with her camera, yoga, exploring spiritual practices, writing, reading, traveling, and hot springs.
Visit her website to learn more about upcoming forest therapy walks around Sonoma County.
For any inquires or questions about Flourish Integrative Health, please email Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Sugarman, Licensed Acupuncturist, FABORM, NTP (Substitute)
Lauren is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) as well as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). She brings a gentle bedside manner and clear communication and listening to the treatment room. Lauren is passionate about holistic medicine which is patient-centered and results driven.
Lauren is happy to be a substituting for Vladi and Zhouie and enjoys supporting patients seeking assistance with fertility, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, anxiety, stress, and depression.
Lauren has two college-aged daughters and enjoys hitting the trails and bike riding with her sweetheart and pup as well as traveling, learning and growing.