Welcome. My name is Dr. Ratka Mira.
I come from a lineage of healers from the old country, now known as Croatia. I can sense and feel things that cannot be seen with the human eye and grew up using plant medicine.
I have always been this way and found my first teacher at age nine to help develop these skills, a Daoist master, Mr. Hanford Chew. I learned exclusively with my Asian friends in his garage, the subtle art of moving Qi; Kempo style Karate, Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Rice style Tai Chi. Being a first generation American, all the kids of foreign parents stuck together.
At age sixteen, I began studying Yogic principles, choose a plant-based diet, and my life’s work. In my undergraduate studies, I wanted to continue my education in the energetic arts, but found no such degree, so I became a German major with an emphasis in Kinesiology. I was initiated as a Pagan Priestess at the age of twenty-three and began to learn the craft of magic. At the age of twenty-seven, I became a certified massage therapist and started my private practice. I continued to find my master teachers and trainings, Gilles Marin; Dao medicine, Chi Kung, and Chi Nei Tsang, Adam Seller; Herbal medicine, fieldwork, plant identification and dreaming, and trained to be a Yoga Teacher. I took pre-requisites for nursing school in the biological sciences; biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, psychology and chemistry, but decided to receive my advanced degree in Asian medicine. I now hold a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I am grateful to my esteemed professors Emmie Zhu and Hualing Xu, who taught me clinical and diagnostic skills.
As a Doctor, Healer and Urban Mystic, my path has been led by faith and rigorous academic studies. With over thirty years of experience, I have taught as a professor, lecturer and workshop facilitator, and within institutions, i.e. De Anza College’s, Kinesiology Department, University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and Kaiser Hospital.
My patients, students and clients come from diverse, personal and professional backgrounds, but whether we work together in my private practice or during a rite of passage, everyone experiences a safe environment which provides healing, magic, and transformation.
On my down time, you can often find me laughing and learning a new field of study, hiking on the trails locally with my canines, observing nature, swimming in the San Francisco Bay, playing Lawn Bowls, or making concoctions, medicines and new recipes in my kitchen.
— Dr. Ratka Mira Popovic, DACM