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Our Impact

Guided by our primary objective to reduce the negative effects of stress and trauma in Santa Barbara County, Healing Opportunities facilitates treatment for thousands of individuals with NADA ear acupuncture annually, and seeks to achieve a broader goal of supporting overall health and well-being for our community.

Compassionate Care for Caregivers
- The origins of Healing Opportunities -

Historic Documentary Video


NADA Protocol — Seeds & Beads
Self Care Ear Acupuncture / Acupressure

Our Impact


Depending on circumstance, our team of volunteers or our team of practitioners utilize one of two tools: ultra-fine needles or ear seeds, magnets or tacks to administer acupuncture. (Ear seeds and magnets are tiny pellets with an adhesive backing and may be used in place of ear needles for those who prefer them). All are placed at five standardized, well-researched points on the ear.

The acupuncture points used help:

  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Relieve insomnia and pain,
  • Provide a general sense of well-being
  • Increase productivity and concentration
  • Increase the efficacy of weight loss and smoking cessation programs.

Our Program:

  • NADA ear acupuncture can be administered anywhere, it is designed to adapt to any situation from board room to emergency tent.
  • Currently, our program is being used to address stress and trauma in first responders and community members through the Medical Reserve Corps- MRC and Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine-SBDWW
  • We also, support the boards and staff of nonprofits in Santa Barbara County who are caring for our community.
  • You can find more information about our programs for facilitating treatment and learn how to Get Involved and help us make acupuncture treatment accessible to our community.
  • Our Sundays in Service program offers complimentary acupuncture on a quarterly basis, to all caregivers (individuals and professionals), including healthcare and caregiver practitioners and their staff. Times and locations where treatment is made available are listed on our Community CalendarContact us for details.
Our Impact


Healing Opportunities seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of acupuncture by creating and promoting educational programs that increase knowledge and foster such awareness.

View our Community Calendar to find: Continuing Education Classes for acupuncturist as well as informational outreach events for community members.

To schedule an orientation, assessment, educational event or to collaborate on an event such as a health fair or board retreat contact us.


Here you can review videos from some of our outreach:

Sundays in Service Jan 2021

Dr. Linda Nurra
Bach Flower Remedies

Sundays in Service Oct 2022

David Kennet
Sound Therapy Session


We Accomplish
More Together

Partnerships help Healing Opportunities accomplish its mission to promote health within Santa Barbara County. We support access to acupuncture treatment, for community members, caregivers, first responders, and healthcare practitioners.

Ways to Work With Us

Donors / Sponsors

Healing Opportunities is able to generate a positive impact on the health of the community.  And, we are enabled in our mission by the generous contributions of our Donors and Sponsors and our many Community Supporters.

Partner Collaborators

Healing Opportunities is proud to partner with other community-serving organizations by collaborating in health-promoting efforts and furthering our mission to better effect positive health outcomes for all in Santa Barbara County.

Treatment Providers

Working with treatment providers in acupuncture, and other healing modalities throughout Santa Barbara County, Healing Opportunities can reach more people and better achieve our goal of alleviating stress and trauma in our community.