Meet the Practitioners and Staff


Candace Jania L.Ac., FABORM

Candace Jania is the owner and founder of the Acupuncture Center for Reproductive Health and the Acupuncture Center for Family Health. After receiving a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, she continued her studies with a post-graduate pre-med curriculum from Hunter College in NYC. She then attended the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for her training in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She also completed a 2 year Graduate Mentorship Program with Herbal Master Sharon Weizenbaum. 

Candace is licensed both nationally (NCCAOM Dipl. Of Oriental Medicine) and in the state of NJ (L.Ac.). She received one of the tops scores to become board certified as a Fellow on the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). She is Secretary of the New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has had much success in treating emotional disorders, allergies, migraines, pain, skin disorders and much more. Candace has extensive training and experience with issues concerning reproductive health- specifically fertility, pregnancy, gynecological imbalances and women’s health. She treats her entire family with her medicine for their colds and flus, coughs, and anything else that comes up.

Candace also is trained in Master Tung acupuncture and Dr. Tan Balance Method, both of which are superior methods of pain relief.

Chinese Medicine is Candace’s passion, which also extends into her home life. She grows many herbs in her organic garden and treats her animals (chickens, dogs and cats) with herbal medicine as well.

Joanne Parker L.Ac.

Joanne Parker is an acupuncturist and herbalist who has been in practice since 2002. She first found her love of Chinese medicine while living in Java, Indonesia for four years.  While teaching English there, she spent her free time studying ancient Chinese healing techniques.  Upon her return she obtained her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York.  She has an undergraduate degree in English literature and Music from University of Vermont. Joanne is NCCAOM certified in both acupuncture and herbs and is licensed in the state of New Jersey.

She obtained her Certificate of Life Coaching from Coach Training Alliance and her Certification One in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  She is currently in the process of becoming certified to practice Matrix Energetics.  She has extensive experience treating anxiety and panic disorders, digestive disorders and pain.   Joanne also has training in Aroma Acupoint Therapy which is the placement of essential oils on specific acupoints to bring the body into balance.

For years she has studied the connection between the mind, emotions, and the physical body and has taught numerous workshops in the area on the subject. Using this knowledge, Joanne is able to interface consciousness practices with acupuncture to help clear the root cause of disease in the patient.  Joanne’s strength is her ability to really listen and make you feel understood and supported during your healing process.

Michael Gonzales L.Ac.

Michael Gonzales earned his Masters of Science n Traditional Chinese Medicine from one of the top ranked schools, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in 2002.  From 2003 to 2007 he practiced in San Francisco.  He worked closely with and was mentored by Dr. Angela Wu, author of Fertility Wisdom.  His main focus was treating couples with fertility challenges.  In 2007 Michael moved to NJ and has worked alongside medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic coaches and massage therapists.  He has extensive experience with pain management, sports injuries and fertility.

Michael believes that the body has a natural ability to heal itself.  Although he mainly uses acupuncture to assist the body’s natural healing response, he also looks at how nutrition, exercise, stress and spirituality influence a person’s current condition.  Michael sees himself as a partner in a person’s healing journey, assisting them in taking responsibility for their health.

Recently, Michael had a strong calling to continue studying Qi Gong and energy healing and incorporates it while doing acupuncture and body work.

Dawn Regan, Office Manager

Dawn Regan joined the Acupuncture Center in August of 2011.  She finds all aspects of running the office pleasurable.  She feels the practitioners and clients make coming to work enjoyable along with the relaxing and peaceful environment.

Dawn was a stay at home mom for many years.  She worked from home volunteering for the USTA and was named the USTA Team Tennis Coordinator of the Year in 2003.  In addition to volunteering, she assisted in running a small retail business.  She plays tennis for enjoyment, exercise and to relieve stress.  She now appreciates acupuncture on a weekly basis.

Emily Kahanak, Marketing Manager

Emily received her Business Marketing Degree from Oakland University in Rochester, MI where she participated in Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Golden Grizzlies Womens’ Tennis Team.  Upon graduation in 2007, Emily spent 2.5 years in Australia working in the Insurance industry.  Upon her return, she continued to work in marketing, specializing in Business Development and Brand Management.

Emily’s first visited the Acupuncture Center in early 2013 to successfully receive treatment for Bell’s Palsy.  She continues to use herbs and natural medicine.  In her free time, Emily enjoys travel, cooking and crafting.