Roselle McNeilly and Whitney Thorniley met in 2004 while pursuing their Master’s degrees in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College of Berkeley. They graduated together at the top of their class in 2007 and received their California licenses in October of that year. Driven by a desire to make acupuncture care more accessible and affordable to people of average incomes, Roselle and Whitney founded Oakland Acupuncture Project in February, 2008.
OAP has grown consistently over the years. The company now employs a total of seven acupuncturists in two locations in Oakland, providing affordable acupuncture treatment to hundreds of people each week. In October of 2011 Whitney and Roselle were named Woman Entrepreneurs of the Year for Alameda County by the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment. The award recognizes their success in making a difference in the community and stimulating the local economy. In October of 2011 Whitney and Roselle brought Jeff Levin in as a partner; he had been working at OAP for over a year and brought the energy, enthusiasm and skill that was needed to expand to a second location.
In May of 2014 Roselle left OAP to move to the family farm and open a new community clinic in Shingle Springs, California. We are proud that the clinics are now stable enough to continue to thrive through many transitions!
In October 2015, we opened our third location in Sacramento.
Whitney, Jeff, and the rest of the OAP team welcome you to the OAP community.