Cara is the owner of GenerateShen Wellness. She graduated with highest honors from Yo San University and holds a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She also is a Certified Facial Acupuncturist.
Cara earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, subsequently conducting research at UIC and NYU alongside prominent clinical, cognitive, social, and political psychologists. Though she enjoyed clinical research, Cara realized she preferred to focus on the whole human, and her desire to help others directly by addressing health and well-being in a holistic context led her to become an acupuncturist and herbalist.
Cara remains grounded in the scientific method due to her years of experience as a researcher, and she is a passionate advocate of the importance of integrative medicine in our healthcare system. In her treatments, she explores the mind-body connection, emphasizing how stress and emotions can directly affect physiological health. Cara also views communication between practitioner and patient as an essential component to successful treatment, and she prioritizes explaining acupuncture and herbal medicine and answering any questions her patients may have.
Guy Citrin, ND
Guy Citrin is a Naturopathic doctor affiliated with GenerateShen Wellness. Dr. Guy received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from NUHS and was a resident at the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic under medical director and physician of the year in 2016, Dr. Margaret Beeson. He has trained extensively in various modalities ranging from general primary care and chronic diseases to functional and regenerative medicine. He views the body as an integrated whole and focuses on holistically treating the root cause rather than the symptoms of his patients.
Dr. Guy specializes in the following: Integrative family medicine for chronic health conditions, adrenal fatigue, musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain, arthritis/ rheumatology, depression/anxiety, chronic inflammation, aging/ regenerative medicine, GI/gut health problems, sports related injuries as well as osteoarthritis, aesthetic treatments including facial and wrinkle rejuvenation, men's health, hormonal and thyroid issues, detoxification, and medical weight loss among others.
Many of the procedures utilized are: - Natural & dietary correction with proper supplementation for chronic dis-ease - Regenerative Injection Therapy including PRP/ Prolotherapy / CGF
Akemi Rico, PT, DPT
Akemi is a doctor of physical therapy affiliated with GenerateShen Wellness. She is also a yoga/meditation teacher who specializes in movement science. She earned her doctorate of physical therapy at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where she currently serves as part-time faculty, and her Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal and Pain Science at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. She also spent 20 years studying and teaching the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.
Dr. Akemi believes in getting to the root of the problem. Our bodies are a collection of intricately related moving parts, and damage typically occurs at the weakest link in the system. While it is important to address the source of the pain, it also is critical to find the movement pattern or posture that caused the injury.
Treatment with Dr. Akemi involves healing the damaged area, and identifying and changing the movement pattern that started the problem. She emphasizes communication and works closely with the acupuncturists and massage therapists to provide a well-rounded treatment regimen for her patients.
John Cheung, L.Ac.
John began his study of the human body at Santa Monica College, with a degree in human science and arts studies. He continued his education at Dongguk Medical University of Los Angeles, where he earned his master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine.
John practices Cosmetic Acupuncture holistically and treats his patients with an internal-external imbalance approach. His extensive background in neuromuscular and psychological disorders combined with years of experience allow him to craft acupuncture treatments from both singular and multidisciplinary approaches, individually geared toward each patient's path to recovery.
John also believes in the importance of collaboration to achieve optimal health and wellness, including working with other practitioners to develop custom treatment plans.
Bonnie Shayeg, MA, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Bonnie is a board licensed psychotherapist and serves as a clinical specialist at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. In addition to her affiliation with GenerateShen Wellness, she maintains a private practice in Santa Monica.
She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her master's in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University. She also has training on trauma and addiction and is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Seeking Safety.
Bonnie has extensive experience working with an array of mental health issues, including anxiety, social phobia, addiction, trauma, PTSD, depression, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, narcissistic disorder, and borderline personality disorder. During her eight years in practice, she has explored the correlation between mental and physical health, and has seen the benefits of mindfulness, conscious breathing, and a multitude of holistic approaches in easing clients' symptoms.
Bonnie offers individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as small group sessions.
Sue Francis, LMT
Sue is a certified massage therapist with over 10 years of experience. She received her Polarity Therapy training at Hands on Healing Institute in Tujunga, CA and her Ayurvedic Educator training at California College of Ayurveda in Cerritos, CA. Sue’s sessions are customized to meet the needs of each client, and she thoroughly believes in the healing power of touch. Sue specializes in Myofascial Release and Therapeutic Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage for relief of chronic pain patterns. She integrates the mind/body connection using a whole body approach. She has found lasting results in reducing pain, specifically with the John F Barnes Myofascial Release approach, which focuses on treating the source of the pain rather than the symptom. Sue has worked in a variety of settings including physical therapy clinics, chiropractic and acupuncture offices, and day spas. She is a member of ABMP, and is currently working on National Board certification.
Elizabeth Rhee, LMT
Upon graduating from California Healing Arts College in 2011, Elizabeth immediately started her practice working at a chiropractic office in Beverly Hills, CA. There, she developed a passion for helping people manage pain and immobility through Deep Tissue work, Trigger Point Therapy, and Therapeutic Massage. She is trained in other modalities such as Swedish, Prenatal, Sports Massage, Shiatsu/Acupressure, and customizes each session to meet her clients' needs. Elizabeth is in the process of getting her Myoskeletal Alignment certification, as well.
Wendy Obstler, C-IAYT, RYT500
Wendy is a certified yoga therapist, pre and post-natal yoga instructor, and a fertility yoga expert. She attended the Yoga Therapy Rx Program at Loyola Marymount University and then continued on to fulfill her 14-month clinical internship with Sherry Brourman and Leslie Kazadi at Tensegrity Center for Yoga Therapy in Santa Monica, CA.
Wendy has been teaching yoga since 2005 and practicing even longer. For over a decade she has worked with countless women and couples struggling with fertility challenges and pregnancy loss, repeatedly witnessing the powerful benefits of yoga on fertility.
Having used the practice of yoga therapy to successfully manage her own severe lumbar disc herniation, Wendy is inspired to share the transformational qualities of yoga with individuals in chronic pain, healing from injury, post-operative rehab, and as an awareness tool for injury prevention and creating mindful body mechanics.
Wendy is a proud member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance, Ambassador of Strong Yoga®4Women, and co-founder of Living Lēla, home to Soulful Conceptions™ (Complete Mind-Body Fertility Program).
Edward Ormandy, Reiki Practitioner
Edward is a certified advanced level Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique, which Edward first learned from his father, himself a Reiki master. Witnessing from a young age the positive impacts of Reiki served as the driving force for Edward to pursue his own path as a Reiki practitioner.
Reiki is administered by placing hands on or over the body’s many different energy points to allow energy to flow through the practitioner, in order to help bring the patient balance, reduce stress, and promote healing.