Within the past 12 years, Zachary Nelms has performed thousands of acupuncture and herbal treatments and has over 20 years experience with the healing arts. He has worked in a  variety of clinical settings including private clinics, San Diego Hospice,  Rady Children’s Hospital, and various community clinics.

His acupuncture style is gentle and painless yet very effective, so effective that many patients feel an immediate improvement in their symptoms.

Zach has extensive training in several acupuncture styles including Japanese acupuncture, Balance Method, and orthopedic motor point acupuncture. His most influential teachers include Kiiko Matsumoto, Matt Callison, Richard Tan, and Yoshito Mukaino.

He treats a wide variety of conditions including sports injuries, insomnia, hot flashes, intestinal disorders, and general pain management.

Zach also has over 20 years of experience in the healing arts of Yoga, Qigong (Chi Kung), Taijiquan (Tai Chi), and other mind-body awareness practices.

When not practicing medicine, Zach loves to be outdoors and frequently finds himself entertaining his children, bicycling, gardening, reading, and enjoying music.




Zachary Nelms, LAc is an in-network provider with most plans with the following insurance companies

  • Cigna
  • CHP Group
  • HealthNet
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Moda
  • Providence
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • UMR
  • United HealthCare


We recommend verifying with your insurance company to confirm network status or calling us at (503) 281-6909 to verify your eligibility. Confirmation of eligibility and benefits is not a guarantee of coverage.