Tamara’s interest in health and wellness began when, at five years old, she started a sixteen-year career as an Olympic hopeful gymnast. This rigorous and health centered lifestyle led to the exploration of alternative dietary and herbal therapies to optimize performance and maintain a healthy and harmonious balance. Tamara began her studies on a full athletic scholarship at the University of IL-Chicago, majoring in pre-med/dietetics. There, she was introduced to traditional Chinese medicine. Personal study led to the discovery of the healing powers that it has offered humanity across millennia. After experiencing first hand its healing gifts, Tamara switched her focus to the study of Traditional Chinese medicine.
Tamara holds a Master's degree from the Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a California board-certified Chinese medical herbalist and acupuncturist. She is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), a program that focuses on behavioral health, including: addictions, mental health, disaster and emotional trauma. Her commitment to providing the highest level of care has earned her respect from both patients and peers.
In 2016 she was recognized as one of the top acupuncturists in Santa Monica by Expertise and is the sole founder of Wren Acupuncture in Santa Monica, CA. While maintaining her private practice for the last thirteen years, she has also dedicated several years to patients in recovery at various drug rehabilitation centers throughout Los Angeles and Malibu, CA.
Tamara specializes in pain management, gastrointestinal health, and mental wellness (anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress management). She uses acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, nutritional therapy, aromatherapy, and functional medicine testing to help patients recover from a variety of health conditions. In addition to using these healing modalities, she educates her patients in understanding the important health benefits of mindful meditation.
Tamara's intention is to educate as many people as possible on how to live their most healthy and joyful life. She additionally enjoys hiking, surfing, travel, yoga, and relaxing in her desert home under the stars. Tamara currently resides in Venice, CA and enjoys spending weekends in Joshua Tree, CA.