Welcome to our homepage! Better Balance Acupuncture + Wellness provides Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage therapy, and other forms of natural therapies in midtown, Sacramento. Soon to open another location in Fair Oaks!

Better Balance Acupuncture + Wellness takes a comprehensive approach to your wellbeing. We take into account all of the factors that brought your body to some state of imbalance and work to address issues at a root level rather than treating with a bandaid approach; supporting the body to heal itself.



Kirsten Spainhower

L.Ac (Licensed Acupuncturist, California and Oregon) 
MSTOM (MS of Traditional Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, CA) 
Dipl. Of OM (Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification) 
Certified Deep Tissue Practitioner (Fair Oaks Massage Institute, CA)


From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in health that was both rewarding to myself and provided value to those that I served. I have many childhood memories of my father sharing stories of the patients he helped in his chiropractic practice as we sat around the dinner table. The joy he received from helping his patients was truly contagious! I began working in my father's chiropractic office as a teenager and was even more inspired by the change I witnessed in his patients on a daily basis. Observing my father in his practice taught me the importance of helping people get well with a natural and holistic approach.

At age 16 I had my first glimpse into the world of Chinese Medicine and suddenly everything seemed to fall into place. I knew that this was the perfect opportunity for me to provide something great to those who really needed it. 

I decided to follow my dreams and completed my Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southern California's South Baylo University. I was very fortunate to study under world-renowned Acupuncturists and Medical doctors. What I found in my studies was truly life changing. I finally felt that I could bring something truly good into this world. Through extensive clinical training, I was taught to spend the time necessary with patients to really understand their condition and set of issues, and learned how to use ancient but effective techniques to ease pain, eliminate emotional issues, and treat many internal disorders. I have found that patients respond extremely well to this kind of clinical setting; especially those who have tried many other treatment methods but have not had successful outcomes.

I am committed to educating and empowering my patients on how to take control of their health and live a more balanced lifestyle in this busy western world we live in. I truly have a love and passion for this medicine and hope to share it with anyone who crosses my path!



Dr. Vanessa Stretton

L.Ac (Licensed Acupuncturist, California) 
MSTOM (MS of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, CA) 
DAOM (Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, CA)
Dipl. Of OM (Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification) 

Vanessa Stretton holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. 

Dr. Stretton has additional training and certification in Reiki, Medical QiGong, trauma clearing and is an INNATE Postpartum Care Provider. She uses Japanese style needle insertion techniques to guarantee a painless and relaxing treatment. She has worked in the San Francisco Bay area, has had a private practice in Napa, and is now in the Sacramento area where she's worked in preconception wellness and fertility for men and women, pregnancy, and postpartum care for over 4 years. 

Dr. Stretton is very passionate about patient care and works very hard to facilitate healing and achieving vibrant health for her patients. She approaches treatment on an individualized basis and you will never be treated as a number. 



Lisa Souza

CMT (Certified Massage Therapist)

Lisa has studied a wealth of modalities and has over 1200 hours of training. She tailors her session to her clients individual needs on any given day. Her signature massage consists mostly of Deep Tissue, Neuro-muscular Therapies, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Energy Medicine, Swedish, Acu-pressure, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Dynamic Stretching, Pre and Post Natal. She has been known to invoke visions of grandeur, life changing career ideas, a belief that all is beautiful and in its right place, an ease and light heartedness, and a deep sense of calm and love within one self. Lisa spends her free time in yoga class, on a meditation pillow, learning from loved ones, dancing, singing, writing poetry, processing, cooking healthy meals, reading endlessly, and listening to music. She brings all of these arts into her bodywork practice and feels she gains just as much from the sessions as her clients do.


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To book a massage during the month of December, please call or text our office directly due to an internal error with our online scheduler!