Meet Our Team

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Cara Jolly, LAc, MATCM, Diplo. OM

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.

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Alec Bridges, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.

Alec Bridges received his Masters Degree from Yo San University in Los Angeles where he treated a variety of health conditions including pain, orthopedics, men’s & women’s health, digestive disorders, stress, skin issues, and much more. In addition to his clinical training at YSU, he completed an observation internship under Dr. Maoshing Ni and Dr. Daoshing Ni at the renowned Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, CA.

Alec’s interest in holistic medicine developed after years of feeling run down without any apparent reason. Determined to find an answer, he explored nutrition, yoga, tai chi, and Chinese Medicine. Through constantly incorporating these modalities into his daily life, he experienced a significant shift in his overall health. This ultimately led him to pursue a deeper study of acupuncture, herbalism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Alec has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 18 years and finds it to be an invaluable tool for relieving stress and anxiety. He treats all issues and especially enjoys treating anxiety and healthy aging.

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Allan Barillas, LMT

Allan is a graduate of the Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi), where he was trained in deep tissue and sports massage, with a focus on Russian Medical Massage.  Allan uses various techniques such as cross fiber friction, trigger point therapy, cupping, and active release stretching in his treatments. He is considered a "body mechanic" by his clients due to his unique technique and intuitive ability to get to the root of musculoskeletal issues. He is also a Level 1 Reiki healer and has also attended California State University Northridge where he studied kinesiology.

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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)