Meet Our Practitioners


  • Anne Albrecht, MS, LAc

    Anne received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her master’s degree in Chinese medicine from Yo San University. She then began working as an acupuncturist and herbalist within a family medicine practice and found that she especially liked working with kids. Anne then began extensive training in pediatrics, studying under some of the top pediatric acupuncturists in the country. Since the birth of her son, Anne has focused her practice on working exclusively with children.

    In addition to pediatrics, Anne is extremely knowledgable about organic gardening and teaches classes on growing medicinal herbs and creating natural, medicinal skin care products for kids. When not at work, Anne can be found camping, chasing her son and dog around and working in her garden.


  • Irina Nikonova, MS, LAc

    Irina began working in integrative and functional medicine over ten years ago as a clinical and research assistant to Drs Shinobu Kaneko, MD and Brandon Horn, PhD. While initially pursuing an advanced degree in biochemistry, Irina was so impressed by what she saw in her research position that she decided she wanted to be a clinician. Under the advice and guidance of both Dr. Kaneko and Dr. Horn, Irina changed her career path and pursued Chinese medicine with additional study in functional medicine under Dr. Kaneko and Wendy Yu.

    While initially gravitating toward the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, with the birth of her son, Irina found herself endlessly immersed in research on childhood development and health. Her clinical practice then shifted to working exclusively with children.

    When not seeing patients, Irina enjoys hiking, playing with her son, relaxing with family and friends or reading a good book (typically something involving the gut microbiome).


  • Wendy Yu, PhD(c), LAc, FABORM

    Wendy is a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and functional medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in physiology from Rutgers University and Master's degree in Oriental medicine from Samra University. She is also board certified in Oriental reproductive medicine and has been in practice for over 15 years.

    Wendy specializes in the fields of gynecology and reproductive medicine and has a special interest in epigenetic influences on fetal and childhood development. She is published in the fields of reproductive medicine and pediatrics in journals such as Fertility & Sterility, Alternative Therapies in Women's Health, and Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    Wendy was the first acupuncturist to be awarded hospital privileges at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she was asked to head the pediatric acupuncture program in the department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine. She and Brandon Horn worked with a wide variety of specialties within CHLA helping to treat many serious and complex pediatric conditions. Wendy is also a clinical professor at Yosan University, where she helped set up an externship program with CHLA.

    When not treating patients, Wendy can be found chasing her kids around, shopping at the farmers market, researching obscure and underground sources for local and sustainable food, cooking, composting, gardening and taking lots of photos.