Marinwood Community Acupuncture Clinic was founded with a mission to help people return to the activities that bring them joy and balance in their lives.

Clinic Policy:

The policies of the clinic are put in place to establish a professional atmosphere and to protect the rights of the patient and practitioner. If we want to have a great community clinic, than we all need to work together as a community to maintain its success.

Patients are encouraged to book online whenever possible through our scheduling system. Please also download and fill out the New Patient paperwork. Following the first visit patients will be encouraged to book their initial series of treatments ahead of time for the first two weeks. This is to ensure that the practitioner will have the needed follow-up with the patient and to ensure that ideal times are found in the schedule for future visits. This series usually includes four to six initial visits over a two-week period followed by a re-evaluation with the patient and their practitioner. Acupuncture works best when done in high frequency over a short duration, to repeatedly re-enforce the message to the area of dysfunction in the person’s body.

Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow access to the area of pain and also allow accessibility to the area from your elbows to your fingers and your knees to your toes. Work out clothes are always a great option, which allow warmth and easy adjustments when needed.

Payments for the Community Clinic are offered on a sliding scale, in order to help patients of all economic demographics. Our goal is to have you come more often for a lower rate, not just offer a lower rate and not see you follow up with your treatment plan. When dealing with acute injury or emotional stress, it is better to come often in a short period of time rather than seldom visits over a long period of time. This is the method of most successfully practice in China and the US today.

Initial Visit Costs: $35-65 dollars per visit. Please pay what you can afford to pay in that range.

Return Visit Cost: $25-45 dollars per visit. Please pay what you can afford based on the needed frequency of visits.

Re-evaluation and Extended Consult: $30-60 dollars per visit. This is to address new complicated concerns and deeper questioning by the patient in private.

Private Treatments: $70 dollars per visit. Additional half hour of massage can be purchased as needed by the patient.

Therapeutic Chinese Medical Massage: $60 for a 50 minute massage.

ALL CANCELLATIONS OR NO SHOWS WITHIN 24 HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO A $20 FEE. This is done not to penalize the patient but as the only means of ensuring that the clinic can offer the low rates that it does. In order to have a functioning community clinic, the patients must become part of that community and take responsibility for their commitments. Thank you for your understanding about the importance of this issue of professional conduct.



About Ryan:

I received my undergraduate degree in History from San Diego State University.  As part of my studies I traveled to China as part of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Integrated Medicine.  Over the course of a month I spent time in three of China’s largest public hospitals and witnessed the high level of integration between western medicine and Chinese medicine.  The large patient populations of China are treated at very low costs through the economical approach of the integrative modalities of traditional Chinese and western medicine practices. Seeing a government providing managed care for such a large number of people was a powerful experience and I brought home a deeper appreciation for China’s culture and history.
A severe shoulder injury was my own personal introduction to acupuncture as a patient.  When faced with the prospect of invasive surgical repairs, my experience in China directed my care straight towards an Acupuncturist.  I devoted myself to the treatment plan and rehabilitation, and recovered fully from my injury without surgery.  This experience was the catalyst for my enrollment in the four year Master of Science program in integrative Chinese medicine.
Over the years I have returned to China to further my studies and have committed myself to the specialty of Women’s Health and Obstetrics. I have completed several advanced programs in women’s health care with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture and continue to focus on my primary patient base.

Postgraduate Education
Masters Degree of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine – 2008
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) – San Diego

Board Certified with American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine in 2013 (Discontinued) (ABORM)

More Acupuncturist Details

  • California State Board of Acupuncture AC12920
  • American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine – Discontinued
  • Advanced Studies in Chinese Medical Fertility, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Advanced Studies in IVF Therapy and Chinese Medicine
  • Advanced Studies in Early Ovarian Decline
  • Advanced Studies in the treatment of PCOS and Endometriosis
  • National Certification Kinesio Taping Association


Ryan Dempsey is a marvelously gifted practitioner of Chinese medicine. Ryan effectively alleviated the pain and swelling in my right knee over the course of several acupuncture treatments. Furthermore, his gentle manner and the serene treatment environment contribute to an always pleasurable experience. My special needs sister is a Ryan Dempsey enthusiast who loves her acupuncture treatments and Tui Na massage. I highly recommend Ryan and his services.”