Clay is originally from Santa Cruz, and grew up in a household where Chinese medicine was the norm, and Western medicine was the alternative. His first forays into health care were as a Craniosacral therapist, and at first he began studying acupuncture primarily to broaden his skillset as a manual therapist. He earned his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in San Jose, and had a practice in that city for about five years, doing a mix of acupuncture and Craniosacral therapy, before moving to Sacramento. When not doing acupuncture, Clay is a parent to two vivacious boys. And when they’re asleep he plays music and writes silly songs.