Marianna Balistreri-Godes, L.Ac.

Marianna Balistreri-Godes, L.Ac.

col-marianna-400Marianna Balistreti-Godes is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Practitioner of Functional Medicine licensed by the California State Board. She began working in the Holistic Health industry in 2000 when she attended Mueller School of Holistic Healing, where she received an HHP in Asian massage techniques. Her interest in Asian medical philosophy led her to travel to China where she studied at the Beijing Tuina Hospital. She began studying Acupuncture and Herbology at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. While attending PCOM she participated in many clinical internships offered by the school to gain vital experience in treating challenging specialized cases. These internships included working with the UCSD Senior Citizens Outreach Program and in the Hematology/Oncology department of Childrens’ Hospital. She graduated with her Master’s of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. During her time at PCOM, Marianna was mentored by Mark and Marie Kastner. Under their guidance she gained real world experience by working as a clinical assistant at Circle of Living.

Post graduation Marianna continued to broaden her skills and began studying Functional Medicine, which is an innovative approach that uses science, nutrition and the holistic health model to bring the body back to good health. She started Right On Point Acupuncture in 2009 and has been in private practice since. She specializes in chronic degenerative health issues, including chronic pain, autoimmune, gastroenterology and food allergies.

Private Practice

2009 – Present > Right On Point Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine, San Diego, California
2000 – 2009 > Massage with Specialty in Tuina, Deep Tissue and Sports massage, San Diego, California


2000 – 2002 > Mueller school of Holistic Healing, San Diego, California
2002 > Beijing Tuina Hospital, Beijing, China
2004 – 2008 > Pacific College Of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, California
2008 > California State Acupuncture Board, Acupuncture License
2011 – present > Apex Energetics Seminar series in Neuro-endocrine immunology, USA
2013 – present > Functional Medicine University, extended studies program, USA

Professional Experience

2004 – 2008 > Externship, Circle of Living Health Center, San Diego, California
2007 > Internship, San Diego University of California, Senior Citizen Outreach Program
2007 – 2008 > Internship, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California