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Bethel, CT: Laura Shahinian Kara

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, Musculoskeletal pain, Sports injuries, Stress, Women’s health Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Sports Medicine Acupuncture®, trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? My first experience with alternative medicine came as a teenager in the 1970s, when my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He followed the usual […]

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Boulder, CO: Amorette LaFranchi

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Allergies, general wellness, infertility, menstrual conditions, musculoskeletal pain Styles: Herbal therapy, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I grew up exposed to holistic medicine and I remember my mother making herbal decoctions for me to drink when I was sick. Sure enough, the […]

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Cornelius, NC: Michael Futterman

Fast facts Practice type: Hybrid Specialties: Digestive conditions, musculoskeletal pain, PTSD, respiratory conditions, women’s health Styles: Esoteric acupuncture, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? My path to becoming an acupuncturist was to enable others to attain health and peace in a most balanced method, taking the most complete […]

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Calgary, Alberta: Laureen Macintosh

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, stress Styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I started my healing career as a massage therapist. Courses in Shiatsu therapy inspired my desire to learn more about meridians, and that led naturally into taking the […]

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Boulder, CO: Ginna Ellis

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Back pain, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries Styles: Sports medicine acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I was a Division I collegiate runner who was chronically injured. Acupuncture was so effective in treating and preventing my injuries that I decided to go to acupuncture school instead […]

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San Francisco, CA: Jeani Fink

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Anxiety, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? Post college, I spent seven years in the finance industry. As the years progressed I felt the stress, lack of balance, and dispassion […]

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Englewood, NJ: Robert A. Vena

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Anxiety, back pain, depression, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain Styles: Applied Channel Theory, auricular (ear) acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? Four years of living and working in Asia sparked my interest in Eastern philosophy and Chinese martial arts, which in turn led me to […]

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Towson, MD: Patricia (Trish) Lott

Fast facts Practice type: Community Specialties: Back pain, digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health Styles: Community acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? Chinese medicine provides a simple system for living in balance with nature, and restoring the body back to its original state […]

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Denver, CO: Katie Robinette

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, infertility, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I fell in love with acupuncture when I learned about the Five Elements and how that concept is used for healthcare. Natural laws […]

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Escondido, CA: Karen Hershman

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, stress, women’s health Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, classical acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method Why did you become an acupuncturist? I always wanted to work in medicine. I did not enjoy taking pills or Western sciences. I turned to acupuncture for intense menstrual […]

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