About Us


Nikole Maxey, L.Ac.  

nikoleNikole Maxey, L.Ac. is a California state licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and is certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Her training includes over 3000 hours in Chinese medicine, western medicine and clinical internships. 

Nikole spent 3 years in the Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast and Madagascar, where she participated in many development projects and learned about the importance in health education all over the world. Nikole is dedicated to sharing the benefits of Chinese Medicine and she spent 2 months in Nepal volunteering with the Acupuncture Relief Project outside of Kathmandu, giving over 400 treatments.  

Nikole was the co-founder and owner of Denver Community Acupuncture for the past 3 years, where her practice focused on the treatment of women and children. New to the Bay Area, Nikole and her family recently relocated to Oakland. Family Roots Acupuncture and Herbs was inspired by her passion to offer Chinese Medicine to the whole family combined with the return to her “roots”, Nikole’s daughter, Samara is now the 6th generation in their family to live in Oakland. When not in the clinic, Nikole can be found hiking or biking with her family, or heading up to the mountains to ski.

Nikole has special interest in helping people live a pain free life, focusing on:        

  • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • Neck, shoulder, back and hip pain
  • Women’s health 
  • Pre/Post Natal Care 
  • Pediatric Care 

Our Vision 

Patients’ needs vary. Our primary goal is to provide our patients with individualized care for their individual needs. Our practitioners work with each patient to formulate a wellness plan that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy in order to promote physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect on the body, and regular treatments produce optimum results.  

Your Health

You and your practitioner will work together during your first session, a full health history will be taken, and a  plan of action will be created. At the end of this session, your practitioner will discuss a time line for treatment. Our goal is for you to be able to come on a regular basis; for this reason, we provide a sliding scale for patients who financially are not able to take advantage of this time line. Please inquire if you would like to know more about the sliding scale.