Dr. Ratka Mira Popovic, DACM, CMT, RYT-Resume

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Dr. Ratka Mira Popovic, DACM, CMT, RYT


Since 1991 I have had a private practice, Nectar Health in Oakland, CA. I am a professor at De Anza College in the Massage Therapy Program’s, Kinesiology Department, and hold a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Whether in a clinical environment or in my private practice, my clients experience a safe environment that provides relaxation and healing.

My concern is the overall healthcare of my clients and I use a whole-person diagnostic approach to identify total health solutions. I provide treatment plans to address my clients’ diet, activity, and outlook.

My healing work is deeply informed from the foundations of Chinese Medicine and umbrellas many modalities including massage, breath-work, herbal medicine, manual and meridian therapy, yoga, qi gong and bodywork.


De Anza College, Adjunct Faculty, Cupertino, CA 2016-present

Namaste, Wellness, Berkeley, CA  2016-Present

Private Practice, Massage Therapy, Nectar Health, Oakland, CA 1991-Present

University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA March-July, 2014

Nectar Health, Pre/ Post Natal Massage/Doula/Midwife Apprentice, Oakland, CA 1995-2005

Private Practice Onsite Chair Massage Corporate Contracts

Affymetrix, Emeryville, CA 1997-2013

Wired Digital, Organic, Big Book, Razorfish, Phoenix Pop, Construct, SF, CA 1994-2000

Massage Therapist for an Office or Business

Dr. Jan Corwin DC, Oakland, CA 1991-1993

Club One, Oakland, CA 1991-1993

Hot Tubs, San Francisco, CA 1991-1992


An Integrative Medicine Retreat at Commonweal for chronically ill teenagers and their caregivers. In partnership with Commonweal, Communitas, Kids and Caregivers, Healing Kitchens and Power of Hope. June 20-24, 2018, Bolinas, CA

Latino Behavioral Health Institute 20th Year Conference, pre-workshop,” Indigenous Healing: Bridging Eastern/Western, Mind, Body, Spirit” with Dr. Yvette Flores, September 16, 2014, Los Angeles, CA

Back to Basics, grounding in Daily Life, Tree of life Yoga, Emeryville, CA 2013


De Anza College, Adjunct Faculty, Cupertino, CA 2016-present

Argosy University, Alameda, CA 2013

San Francisco Woman’s Shelter, San Francisco, CA 2011

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2008

Kehilla Synagogue, Oakland, CA 2006-2007

Center for Creative Growth, Oakland, CA 2006-2007

US Rowing Olympic trials, Oakland, CA 2004

The Crossings, Austin, TX 2003

Kaiser Hospital, Oakland, CA 2001

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1996

Haven House, Oakland, CA 1994

St. Vincent De Paul Society, San Francisco, CA 1992


American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at California Institute of Integral Studies, Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA 2018

Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, MS Oriental Medicine, Berkeley, CA 2010

Chi Nei Tsang Institute, Berkeley, CA 1994

Pacific School of Herbal Medicine, Berkeley, CA 1992

Scherer Institute, Massage Therapy Certification, Santa Fe, NM 1991

San Francisco State University, BA German Studies, San Francisco, CA 1986

Tubingen University, Study Abroad, Tubingen, Germany 1984


Acupuncture Integrative Medicine College, AIMC Public Clinic, Berkeley, CA 2008-2010

Acupuncture Integrative Medicine College, Community Acupuncture, Berkeley, CA 2010

Lifelong Medical Public Clinic, Herrick Hospital, Berkeley, CA 2009

Lifang Liang, DOM, LAC San Fransico, CA 2008


National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

American Massage Therapy Association

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid Certification

California Massage Therapy Council Certification

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) – Yoga Alliance

(References, Media and Publications upon request.)