Meet the Team


Sou Yeong Christy Kim, L.Ac., Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine ALU, Newport Beach
Master of Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine, Summa Cum Laude ECTOM, Santa Monica
Bachelor of Science, Psychobiology UCLA, Los Angeles

Dr. Christy Kim is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist.  She founded Trinity Acupuncture in 2009 and specializes in treating acute and chronic pain disorders and women's health.  Dr. Kim has worked with several renowned mentors over the years and her knowledge of various acupuncture theories and techniques allows her to design a treatment plan that is most beneficial and comfortable for each patient and their needs.  She also prescribes all-natural patent herbs and customized herbal formulas, which help deal with diseases from the inside-out instead of simply masking symptoms. 

Having grown up in Torrance and being a local for so many years, Dr. Kim feels privileged to work and serve in such a wonderful community.  She enjoys building lasting relationships with her patients and their families, and making a difference in caring for their health.

Her professionalism, care and compassion, and persistent desire to increase her store of knowledge allow her to better serve her patients and produce the best treatment and results. While acupuncture and herbs are our main modalities of treatment and focus, Dr. Kim will prescribe electroacupuncture, dry needling technique, massage therapy, cupping therapy, dietary and lifestyle guidelines as needed.

Languages spoken: English, Korean

 

Stephanie Yong, L.Ac.
Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine YoSan University, Los Angeles

Stephanie Yong, L.Ac., received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, graduating with honors.  In addition to a year-long internship with the Yo San University Clinic, she also completed an externship with the Venice Family Clinic serving low-income communities in Venice, CA.  She participated in an extensive Acupuncture Orthopedics training at Cedars Sinai Hospital.  Stephanie’s acupuncture pain management practice also encompasses migraines and headaches, anxiety and sleep issues, and women’s health, including infertility, pregnancy and postpartum care. 

Additionally, Stephanie has 16 years of clinical experience as a massage therapist specializing in sports injuries, and acute and chronic pain.   Stephanie provides comprehensive and effective care utilizing a holistic approach with acupuncture, tui-na massage, and herbal medicine to treat her patients' current conditions and underlying causes.  Stephanie excels at partnering with her patients to help them achieve their goals, improve their quality of life, and support their journey as they explore their greatest potential in health.

Colleen Butler, CMT Certified Massage Therapist

Colleen Butler, CMT
Certified Massage Therapist

Colleen has over 20 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist and has been working with Dr. Kim since 2011.  Colleen’s focused therapeutic massages help to elongate and loosen contracted and tight muscles.  Her treatments also serve as an added benefit to certain conditions that respond well to acupuncture + massage therapy, to provide you with the best results from treatment.

Grace Kang Office Assistant

Grace Kang
Office Assistant

Shannon Song Office Assistant

Shannon Song
Office Assistant

Grace and Janis help make sure the office runs as smoothly as possible.  From scheduling your appointments, to directing traffic in the office and assisting the doctor, they are here to help and will point you in the right direction with any questions or concerns you may have.  Grace graduated Cum Laude from UC Riverside with a degree in Creative Writing, and is also a freelance writer.  Shannon attends University of California, Irvine and studies Psychology and Social Behavior.

 

Photos by Janis Rebecca Ahn