About Laurie Binder
LAc, MS, RNCNP, LCCE, Doctor of Acupuncture


I love medicine. All medicine. I have been a practitioner in the Women’s Healthcare field for over 20 years.

I began my career in Women’s Health as an RN in Brooklyn working in labor and delivery. It was in my first delivery I experienced the miracle that happens when five people go into a room and six come out. From that moment on I understood that I was meant to do this work.

After moving back to California, I entered Harbor-UCLA in Los Angeles to become a specialist in Women’s Health as a nurse practitioner. I wanted to expand my skills and knowledge in order to offer more comprehensive care to my own patients. At first, it was exciting to have the new freedoms that my title gave me, however, soon I discovered that I didn’t have the whole picture. There was more to learn and more to give.

I had been aware of acupuncture and alternative medicine since the early 80’s. I had never considered applying it to my patients. Then acupuncture interns from a local school began seeing patients at one of the clinics where I practice. I began referring my patients to them to address the complaints that my western training had not resolved. To my delight, they consistently got results.

After a year of observing this phenomenon, I decided to study Traditional Chinese Medicine to become a licensed acupuncturist. It has been an extraordinary journey. I have learned a whole new perspective on health from an eastern point of view to enhance my Western medical training.

It has enriched my life and I believe the lives of my patients as well. I am now able to evaluate and treat my patients more completely through ‘acupuncture, herbs and a comprehensive lifestyle evaluation.

My love for medicine will always lead me to the best and most comprehensive care for my patients. I look forward to helping you on your journey to radiant health and well-being.

Curriculum Vitae

Licensure and Certification

  • LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist)
  • Doctor of Acupuncture, RILB
  • Dipl., MS, Traditional Oriental Medicine
  • NCCAOM National Certification
  • RN, CNP Licenses
  • DEA Furnishing Number
  • NCC Certification, ASPO Certification


Emperor’s College, Santa Monica, California

Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude acupuncturist, herbal medicine

Harbor-UCLA , Torrance, California
Colposcopy Education Program

Harbor-UCLA , Torrance, California
Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care

UCLA, Westwood, California
Lactation Education Program

CSULB, Long Beach, California
A.P.S.O. / LAMAZE Teacher Training Program

UCLA, Westwood, California
Health Consultant Certificate Program for Complementary Health Care Practices

Santa Monica City College, Santa Monica, California
Associate of Arts Degree, R.N.

California State University of Northridge, Northridge, California
Bachelor of Science Degree, Community Health Education


Santa Monica Acupuncture and Wellness, Santa Monica, California

Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist

  • Provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment using acupuncture and herbal formulae.

Westside Women’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California
OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner

  • Provide comprehensive women’s health care in this non-profit community clinic serving low-income women.

Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital

Childbirth Educator / Lactation Educator and LAMAZE classes

  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive education program

Long Island College Hospital
RN, Labor and Delivery

Guest Lecturer
UCLA Medical School, Stages and phases of labor and delivery


  • LAMAZE International
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • ACOG Educational Affiliate

Media Health Expert

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