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About Dr. Arielle

Dr. Arielle Caruso is a leading acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Medicine in San Diego specializing in treating digestive, reproductive, mental health and autoimmune issues. Unlike Western Medicine, Dr. Caruso approaches each patient as a whole person to understand their needs and health history to create a life-changing health protocol. 


After years of struggling with hard to pinpoint health problems, Dr. Caruso turned to Chinese Medicine to cure her own journey with chronic fatigue, migraines, IBS, adrenal fatigue and endometriosis. This journey to study holistic health not only saved her life, but inspired her to pursue a career to help others with acupuncture and Eastern Medicine.

Meet Dr. Arielle Caruso, DACM, LA.c

Clinic Director & Owner of Arise Acupuncture San Diego

Dr Caruso completed her Doctoral (DACM) and Masters (MSTOM) work at Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego which included 4800 hours of clinical and didactical hours in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Western Medicine. She has done continuing education in Mukaino Method treating acute and chronic pain conditions, Reiki, Thai massage, and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage.

She is passionate about holistic skincare and has completed advanced training in cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation with Virginia Doran and Dr. East Haradin—both leaders in the field of cosmetic acupuncture. She has also received training and certification in Holistic Microneedling with AcuDerm and AcuMirco.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Caruso enjoys being in nature, practicing yoga, traveling to new places, cooking and growing organic food.

About Dr. Ana

Meet Dr. Ana Barforough, DACM, LA.C

Associate Acupuncturist

Dr. Ana’s specialty is in Japanese Meridian Therapy, a style of Acupuncture that utilizes very thin needles, which help to support those who tend towards needle sensitivity. Other tools she incorporates in her practice include cupping therapy, prescription of Chinese herbal formulas, moxibustion, gua sha, manual techniques, and lifestyle advice.

Each treatment provided is designed to be uniquely tailored to each individual’s health needs by addressing the root cause of an illness. She uses Traditional East Asian diagnostic assessments to gather information from the patient and come up with an appropriate treatment plan.

Dr. Ana’s mission is to give patients a place to transform and tap into the wisdom of their body in order to achieve abundant health and balance in their day to day lives. Her goal as a practitioner is to empower her patients to feel like they can become active participants in the decision-making process of their healthcare by working together and co-creating a positive healing experience.

Dr. Ana completed her graduate education at Pacific College of Health and Sciences in San Diego, California, and California state certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, holding both her Master of Science in Traditional and Oriental Medicine and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She has spent the last nine years focusing her career path on holistic modalities, including her undergraduate education at the University of Redlands, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in “Holistic Health: Integrating Body and Mind”.

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Meet Zerahiah "Zera" Guiamad

Clinic Virtual Assistant

Zerahiah, otherwise known as zera, comes to Arise Acupuncture with a wealth of experience in the world of customer service, technology support and accounting. She's an accomplished and respected leader with over ten years of managerial experience and a range of skills that allows her to be the superwoman behind the scenes who helps us with all of our administration.




"Arielle is a powerful healer. She has an intuitive nature that allows her to get to the root of your issue, instead of just treating symptoms. My sessions with her have always yielded not only powerful physical results, but emotional as well. I leave feeling uplifted and optimistic. She is a healer through and through. I can't recommend her highly enough."


"Arielle held such a beautiful space for me. Her calm and gentle manor helped me feel at ease. She knew the exact questions to ask to help prepare for the treatment. In the past it was hard for me to talk about my symptoms but the way she asked the questions and the space she held made it easy and comfortable. During the treatment I felt my muscles relax and energy begin to flow. I got the cosmetic acupuncture in addition to a full body treatment and my skin has been glowing since. I’ve also felt more clarity and ease. Would highly recommend her service to anyone and will definitely be booking again! Thanks so much!"


"10/10 recommend! I have Crohn’s Disease, and my pain used to be around an 8/10 everyday and I was on an all liquid diet for months. After sessions at Arise Acupuncture, my pain level is now at a 4, and i can eat food!! Not to mention during my session I am the most relaxed I’ve ever been! she’s also helped so much in regulating my period. I no longer have 15 day periods with only 5 day breaks! She treats you with care and compassion, and truly listens to everything you say! If you have GI or period issues, or really any issues, this is the place to go!"

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