Ryan Duval


I am an acupuncturist with seven years of experience serving women and families. 


Prenatal treatments address preparing the body for a smooth birth experience as well as balance the hormones and emotions.  


Postpartum treatments aid in overcoming postpartum depression.

Thrive Center for Birth & Family Wellness offers you a comprehensive birth setting unlike any other in the region. Our innovative center is literally a ‘Sanctuary’ where you can give birth and receive holistic individualized care from licensed professionals. We offer beautiful, private birth suites as well as birthing options in your home. Thrive Center also offers integrative family medicine and a range of alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and Medical Qigong, to support every aspect of your family’s wellbeing. Thrive Center is a community, here to support and empower you in each of your healthcare, parenting and lifestyle choices.

Thrive Center For Birth and Family Wellness 


4859 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Sydney Bebb-Walker, L.Ac, MT 


1205 Gravenstein Highway S., Sebastopol, CA 95472


I've been a licensed acupuncturist for 27 years in Sonoma County and was a massage therapist before that. As a child, my cats waited for me to get home from school to have their litters because of my calm attention and love for them. In my training, I have learned of special points to use between trimesters to help the child to be healthy. I have helped women with balancing of hormones and fertility, and PCOS and in the birthing process. I had two healthy boys naturally, the first was with back labor, using midwives and with no medications. I experienced post-partum depression which I didn't realize I had for years because I was so happy with the baby and child, but I did need to use my acupuncture and moxabustion knowledge to help me through periods of lack of sleep and can teach self help to families.

Vladi Starkov, L.Ac 


513 A Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Vladi Starkov is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and natural health practitioner in Sonoma County who comes from a lineage of women healers in Bulgaria. Vladi has been practicing as an acupuncturist for many years, successfully addressing a wide variety of health conditions. Vladi loves to help people who are ready to Flourish! She has helped people with diverse pain conditions, fertility trouble, pregnancy related complaints, emotional problems, PMS, skin and digestive issues and many others. She has had more than 5,500 hours of academic and clinical training in Chinese Medicine theory, Western Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbology, Medical Qigong, and Nutrition and is a graduate of the prestigious Five Branches University. Vladi, an expert Santa Rosa acupuncturist, holds extensive training in the areas of pain, women’s health, fertility, Ayurveda and psycho-spiritual emotional balance. She loves living in California, and enjoys hiking, dancing, singing in harmony, meditating, doing Yoga and Qigong, studying Buddhism, traveling internationally, and growing.

“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” ~ Jane Weideman, Birth Doula

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