Elysha Zamora DAOM, L.Ac

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

I am a Florida native, but I’ve been living in Seattle for 14 years. I obtained a business degree in New York and worked in marketing for a brief time before being introduced to acupuncture and East Asian medicine. My neighbor in the city was having health problems and raved about the results they were getting with acupuncture. This was back in 2006 and I had never heard of acupuncture before. I began researching acupuncture and East Asian medicine and realized it resonated with me. I grew up the daughter of a physician, have always had an interest in medicine,  and was even pre-med my first few years of school. I decided to investigate schools and found an excellent one in Sarasota, Fl, my hometown. This seemed meant to be!  I went to study there and haven’t looked back.

My experience ranges from private practice to owning my own community acupuncture clinic. During the pandemic, I had to close my clinic. I have 2 beautiful boys, who were in kindergarten and second grade at the time and were suddenly home fulltime and needed to be homeschooled. I decided to use the time to homeschool and pursue my doctoral degree, something I wanted to do for years, with a focus on integrative medicine. I also continued running another business that I own. Fun fact, I co-own a car audio business and truly enjoy managing that as well!

My interest in women’s health began rather selfishly. As I grow older, I have found a huge lack of support for women transitioning from the childbearing ages to perimenopause and menopause. I have had great success with herbal medicine and acupuncture in regulating my own cycles and moods and I want to be able to offer this to as many people as possible. We truly do not need to suffer. I believe we, as acupuncturists and herbalists, have the tools to make a difference,

I feel so excited to be here, in this wonderful community of women supporting women. I also am comfortable and happy treating all genders and people. I look forward to connecting with all the special patients at Ballard Acupuncture Center. It is a privilege to be here.

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Avigail Cohen LAc, Dipl OM, FABORM

Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Clinic Director

I have always loved to travel. With 3 passports and family all over the world, I spent many summers as a child visiting my grandparents in England and Israel. I had the opportunity to live abroad for several months in high school and college but really took advantage of my travel bug after college when I lived abroad, worked, and traveled for 4 years. I was seeking to learn as much as I could about many different diverse cultures, but also about their unique and alternative healing practices. I was fascinated by how many of these healing practices looked at the root of the issue and not just a 1 size fix for everyone. I was a sponge taking in as much as I could. I studied massage therapy in Tel-Aviv Israel, participated in a Reiki course in Katmandu, Nepal, took a Thai massage course in Chang Mai, Thailand and lived at a yoga ashram meditating and doing yoga several times a day in Rishikesh, India. When I traveled to China, I wanted to experience acupuncture firsthand and to learn more about their culture and their medicine. At that time, I was already thinking about going to acupuncture school. In 2000, I moved back to the United States from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to begin my acupuncture studies at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine here in Seattle.

I became interested in Women’s Health, pregnancy, and postpartum care when I was pregnant with my first child in my final year of acupuncture school. I was living and breathing acupuncture at the time, but I was also immensely enjoying my pregnancy. I was amazed that my body knew what to do and how much acupuncture and Chinese herbs helped me during this time. Acupuncture helped me sleep, deal with stress, manage my changing body’s aches & pains and helped my body prepare for labor.

These days, I'm experiencing a new phase in my life. My children are transitioning from teens to young adults, and I'm moving through perimenopause. Now I can relate to a new phase of a woman's life, and I'm continuing to devote my personal  and professional experience to supporting, empowering, and serving as a resource for them. I want to create community for women as they are going through the different transitions of their lives.

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Paige Henderson

Office Manager
Born in Louisiana, but I have lived in several different places being a former military child. Seattle is the first place I’ve lived that has really felt like home. Most of my career has been spent working in media. This role is a transition for me that I’m overjoyed to be making and so grateful for the opportunity. My free time is typically spent in my happy place with my dog, Flurry, at Dog Yard here in Ballard. I also enjoy karaoke, arcade games, concerts, board games, and reading. I look forward to greeting everyone with a smiling face and providing the best patient care possible.

Molly Drinkwater

Front Desk Assistant

I recently retired from a long career at the University of Washington Medical Center, where I worked primarily in patient support as a patient care coordinator scheduling surgical procedures.

In my free time I am rediscovering my passion for creating art and am putting my fine arts degree to good use painting, drawing and designing jewelry. I also enjoy bird watching, hiking, cooking, and am an avid reader.

A long time client of Avigail’s, I am delighted to be joining the Ballard Acupuncture Center team and look forward to meeting and supporting the BAC patient population.