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Meet Josh Nerenberg of San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture in Mission Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josh Nerenberg.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Josh. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was on a Premed pathway during college at the University Of Arizona. During my studies I become an anxious bookworm and suffered from panic attacks. I was disappointed in the lack of treatment options from a Western Medical standpoint. I did not want to become addicted to anxiety medications and became increasingly interested in the Psychology. I changed my degree to Psychology and combined it with my background in Biology. I became increasingly interested in Body Mind Medicine, Evolutionary Psychology, Biofeedback, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It wasn’t until my last year of college that I tried Acupuncture and Herbs. I felt immediate relief in my overall stress and personal well-being. It was at this point that I knew what I wanted to do with my career. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology and enrolled at the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. After 4 years of extensive schooling in Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine I passed my California State Boards and received my MSTOM (Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine). Over the years I have worked as an Acupuncturist at,Rady Children’s Hospital, Senior Clinic of San Diego, and the Pacific College Community Clinic.

In 2014, I opened up San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture. San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture is the first community style clinic to offer Cosmetic Acupuncture and Micro-Needling. The clinic is set up like a hair salon and patients are able to stop in and get treatments in as little as 30 minutes. At San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture we naturally lift the face and treat wrinkles. All treatments include areas to treat, Anxiety, Weight Loss, Pain, Hormones & More. At San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture we want to rejuvenate the face and body. Only when we feel our best do we look our best. As I grow I hope to open more clinics and branch out to Chula Vista and the Los Angeles area.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When I created my first clinic I geared it towards anxiety and depression. What I found was that while most of the population suffered from these things; the last thing anxious and depressed people wanted was to put needles in their body. I re-framed my clinic into a Cosmetic Acupuncture clinic. As soon as people heard it could help wrinkles they were on board! Next thing I knew I was booked and I had an endless amount of people wanting to rejuvenate their face and relieve their anxiety/depression. It was at this point I knew I had something. I bought a rental space in Mission Valley, and opened San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture

San Diego Cosmetic Acupuncture – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Cosmetic Acupuncture has traditionally been used to help with pain and stress relief, but more people are now discovering its wrinkle reducing benefits as well. Many prefer it to more drastic treatments, like Botox.

General health benefits include, but are not limited to: reduction in hot flashes, and increased energy and clarity, reduced insomnia, improved digestion, reduced sinus problems and headaches. Cosmetic acupuncture is a non-surgical, 25 minute procedure, that. Includes using specialized acupuncture needles (thinner than a human hair) to stimulate collagen growth and move blood within the face. Treatments are painless and described as deeply relaxing.

San Diego Cosmetic acupuncture uses needles along wrinkles, lines, and age spots to naturally utilize the bodies healing process and bring fresh and natural bodily rejuvenating mechanisms to the areas stimulated.
After your first treatment, you should notice a glow to your face. (Described as a freshly showered look) While most cosmetic acupuncture can cost $75-$150 per treatment, we work to keep our costs low so that you can enjoy great results over a series of treatments.

Cosmetic acupuncture is a good alternative for women who don’t want the side effects associated with a surgical facelift Cosmetic acupuncture treatments have been clinically shown to erase fine lines, reduce of deeper lines, lessen sagginess, lifting droopy eyelids, and a clear or reduce age spots. And, as an added bonus there is an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face. When the needles are applied to the body and face, production of collagen and elastin is stimulated, and skin is “plumped up.” Other points are also used on the rest of the body to help aid in digestion, lose weight, and cause an overall anti-aging effect on the entire body.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success on a patient to patient basis. During each consultation I ask patients what they want to see from the whole process. Whether it is a reduction of pain, an overall feeling of calm, or maybe a reduction of lines around the eyes. Each patients before pictures and goals are always recorded. After the treatments we always go back and make sure we go above and beyond the goals they set for themselves.


  • Body Acupuncture (weight loss, pain, anxiety, depression, hormones, etc) $50 a treatment. Becomes $30 a treatment when bought as a package.
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture Face Lift (Includes Body Acupuncture) $130 A Treatment. Becomes $60 a treatment when bought as a package.
  • Micro-Needling With Apple Stem Cells (For Winkles, Age Spots, Acne, & Scarring) $400 A Treatment. Becomes $200 a treatment when bought as a package.

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