Our Staff


Dr. Sara Shiu

Dr. Shiu is a MD doctor  from China, She graduated in 1981 and a licensed acupuncture physician in Florida. She has more  than 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine and  additional experience in herbal medicine. Dr. Shiu has taught Chinese  medicine in both China and the United States.

Dr.  Shiu has successfully treated many conditions including auto accident  and sports injuries that involved head, neck, back, arm, and leg pain.  She also treats post-stroke patients, high blood pressure, women's  health concerns, allergies, arthritis, digestive system disorders, and  more.

In  the past, she developed and operated a drug and alcohol program in  Hillsborough County (DACCO). She has also successfully treated many  types of addictions using auricular acupuncture. Her practice experience  has allowed her to treat more than 200,000 patients. She continues to  welcome new patients at this time.

When  you visit Dr. Shiu, you'll find that she is gentle when using the  needle. In fact, most people do not even feel it. People always come to  us to relieve their pain and stress. She also treats women's medical  issues, such as infertility. Last year, three of her patients were able  to conceive due to her help.


Larry Lester, DPT, MTC

Larry Lester, a lifelong resident  of Florida, studied physical therapy after receiving a four-year degree  in business administration. Subsequent  to receiving his physical therapy degree, he continued his clinical  education and was awarded a certificate in manual therapy as well as a  doctorate degree from the world-renowned Institute of Physical Therapy  in St. Augustine, Florida. His  experience is diverse and includes sports medicine, orthopedics, acute  care, rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Larry is also accepting new  patients at this time. 


Ellen Policastri, AP, MSOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Ellen is a nationally board  certified Diplomat of Acupuncture and Acupuncture Physician who has been  in practice for over 10 years.  She is highly passionate about helping  people heal and stay well.  Ellen practices Traditional Chinese Medicine  which includes acupuncture, cupping, massage therapy and herbal  medicine.  Her education and training was completed at the University of  South Florida in Tampa and and East West College of Natural Medicine in  Sarasota, FL where she earned her Master's degree in Oriental Medicine  and Bachelor's degrees in both Biology and Professional Health  Sciences. 

Ellen  enjoys educating her patients on the many benefits of acupuncture and  introducing them to this system of holistic medicine.  Not only is she  skilled at treating all types of musculoskeletal pain syndromes, Ellen  is successful at managing different autoimmune pathologies, allergies,  asthma, gastrointestinal issues, women's health issues, and providing  support during the treatment of various cancers and other chronic  illnesses.

A  native of Florida, Ellen has recently returned to the area with her  husband after living and practicing in New Jersey for the past 8 years.   Growing up in Florida and throughout her studies she has always  maintained an interest in human physiology, health and wellness.  She  has been part of the team at the International Health Clinic since  February 2017 and is currently accepting new patients.   



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