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Wellness Center – About Us

Santa Barbara native David Gaynes is the founder of Total Health. He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who has worked in the health care field for over a decade. A caring and friendly professional, David believes in treating people, not diseases or conditions.

I treat the individual. Even though on the surface you may appear to have similar symptoms to another person, your personal history, lifestyle and beliefs make you unique. My approach is to get to know my clients so that we can develop a relationship that lasts over time and results in continued vibrant health. I’m not coaching from the sidelines; I am taking the journey with my clients.

David discovered acupuncture after a debilitating back injury for which the only recommended conventional treatment was surgery. David was introduced to the transforming power of traditional Chinese medicine through a series of acupuncture treatments. He was rapidly freed from pain and began his own personal journey toward vibrant health and the study of holistic healing.

In his practice, David is able to bring his patients relief from their pain and other chronic diseases and help them achieve greater health and balance in their own lives.  In addition to acupuncture, David works to identify and heal the root cause of disease through NAET (allergy elimination) and NRT (nutritional therapy).  David will work with you to design a treatment plan that is unique to your body, lifestyle and overall long term health goals.

There’s a shared responsibility in my practice. For people who come in and have the inclination and intent to take control of their health, the sky’s the limit. Working together, we can create huge, transformative changes.

David is a board licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. He graduated from UCSB with degrees in psychology and religious studies with an emphasis in pre-medicine. David holds a Master’s degree from Emperor’s college of Traditional Oriental Medicine. He is also a certified NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) practitioner and has trained specifically in NRT (Nutrition Response Testing).