ABOUT  
 
Kara Romanko, DAOM, L.Ac.   
 
Kara Romanko has been in practice since 2003. She is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) earning her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Kara is recently completed the second year of an Acupuncture Residency Program at Highland Hospital, in Oakland, where she was Chief Resident. She has, also,  completed externships at Lutheran Hospital in New York in both neurology and obstetrics. Her extensive experience includes treating a wide variety of internal medicine disorders, HIV-positive patients, Hep C patients, as well as anxiety and depression. She also excels in treating women’s health issues including PMS, menstrual disorders, menopause, and infertility, as well as pain management and addiction. In addition, to TCM, Kara has training in the Kurmadani style of Japanese Acupuncture, which, provides a gentler but equally effective treatment for more sensitive patients, as well as Tung style acupuncture. 
In addition to private practice, Kara is also an adjunct professor and the Interim Dean of Clinical Education at her alma mater.

Kara Romanko will be taking a sabbatical from private practice for a year to take a full-time in-hospital position with the University of Calfiorna @ Irvine Health Center in Orange, California. She will still be seeing patients through the year but has hired associates listed below to see patients on a weekly basis. See below for their bios.

We are excited for this new chapter at Life Gate Acupuncture. 

About Charity

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Dr. Charity Burgess is an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, licensed by the state of California.  She came to this profession, first as a dedicated patient for many years.  After experiencing profound results that drastically improved her wellbeing and physical health, she decided she needed to understand this medicine and share it with others.  

Charity graduated with a Master’s degree from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in 2016 and was licensed the same year.  In 2019, she graduated as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from ACTCM.  

Charity is passionate about offering her gifts as a healer and knowledge of Chinese Medicine to her community.  She considers herself a sincere general practitioner, and has had success treating a wide range of conditions including pain, women's health issues, infertility, digestive issues, symptoms associated with chronic diseases and stress. 

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About Adeliz 

Adeliz is an Acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified Vocologist. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. It was there she learned the gentle needling technique of Japanese Acupuncture, and nutritional therapy. She is also a classically trained vocalist and singing specialist.


She received her certification in the Fundamentals of Vocology from a Clinical Voice Pathologist/Vocologist. Vocology is the study of improving the voice by training the physiological subsystems of the voice, maximizing vocal wellness, and improving vocal freedom and artistry.


She has experience treating fibromyalgia, neuromuscular conditions, mental health and mood disorders, stroke, and has worked at Charlotte Maxwell in Oakland, treating low-income women with cancer, supporting them through chemotherapy and post recovery.


When Adeliz first experienced acupuncture, it liberated her from oppressive states of mind. This inspired her to learn how to help others survive, adapt and thrive amidst the modern challenge of an ever present environment of physical and emotional stress and anxiety. Adeliz is caring, nurturing and kind. She is an active listener dedicated to giving exceptional care and support.

Adeliz is a musician, and a writer, and enjoys gaming and cooking for self-healing.

Her dream one day is to open her own practice, where she can treat singers for neuromuscular conditions, vocal rehabilitation, and performance anxiety.

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