Antonia Balfour is an acupuncturist and herbalist practicing in Pacific Palisades, California. She is the co-owner and clinical director of Oasis Palisades, a Health & Wellness Center in the Marquez area of Pacific Palisades.
Antonia holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, where she graduated with highest honors. She is a California-licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and a National Diplomate in acupuncture and Chinese herbology, board-certified through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
In 2012 she earned a Diploma of Herbal Dermatology at Regent’s College in London, England with world renowned expert Mazin Al-Khafaji. Additional Post-graduate work includes a certification in Acupuncture and Cancer Care from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Antonia has additionally completed post-graduate studies in women’s health and fertility treatment for both men and women.
Antonia served as the ’08/’09 president of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce. As Chamber president, she focused on “greening” Pacific Palisades, creating a business greening committee and working with Palisades Cares to receive an LA Community Beautification Grant to install recycling receptacles throughout the commercial district of the Palisades.
Toni first became interested in Chinese Medicine while living in Taiwan where she taught English as a second language. One of her students brought her to a traditional Chinese doctor for the treatment of chronic TMJ and neck pain. The results were so impressive that she began to study Chinese medicine soon after, ultimately deciding to make TCM her career. In addition to her practice at Oasis Palisades, Toni’s experience in alternative medicine includes working as editor-in-chief for HealingPeople.com, an informative website dedicated to complementary and alternative medicine. She also hosted the “Healing People Radio Show” in Los Angeles which covered a wide range of alternative medicine topics.
Toni completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida where she studied, enjoyed life, and became a licensed private pilot. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Southern Africa. She and husband Marc welcomed a baby girl, Scarlett, into their lives in February, 2009.