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About Dr. Lara

After spending nine years in the electronic medical record software industry, Larissa decided it was time for a career change to something more meaningful.  A life-long interest in natural remedies and herbal medicine led her to enroll in Chinese herbalism classes, and then acupuncture school.  She graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida with a Masters in Oriental Medicine, and a B.S. in Professional Health Sciences.  Prior to that, she attended the University of South Florida and obtained a B.A. in Information Systems Management.  Larissa is originally from Denver, Colorado and enjoys spending time with her family, learning about other cultures, traveling, hiking, martial arts, and dance.

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Professional License and Certification

  • Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Florida

  • Board Certified by the National Certification Commision for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

  • Acupuncutre Point Injection Therapy Certified

  • Class 3B Cold Laser Certified

  • Master Tung Style Acupuncture Certified

Science Class


East West College of Natural Medicine

  • M.S. Oriental Medicine

  • B.S. Professional Health Sciences

University of South Florida​

  • B.A. Information Systems Management

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Professional Memberships

  • Florida State Oriental Medicine Association (FSOMA)

  • People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA)

  • National Center for Homeopathy

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