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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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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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San Francisco, CA: Renée Hahn

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Allergies, back pain, headaches / migraines, stress, women’s health Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? In my twenties, I had severe asthma and chemical sensitivity. I was on several puffs of three different inhalers a day! I started acupuncture […]

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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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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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Scottsdale, AZ: Don Matesz

Fast facts Practice type: Hybrid Specialties: General wellness, musculoskeletal pain, skin conditions, stress, women’s health Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I became an acupuncturist and herbalist as a result of my interest in Asian martial arts and philosophy, after a course of acupuncture and herbal […]

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San Francisco, CA: Sharone Franzen

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, menstrual conditions, musculoskeletal pain, skin conditions, stress Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs were the only therapies that helped me with lifelong pain. Getting relief inspired me to go to acupuncture school. After […]

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Baltimore, MD: Sarah O’Leary

Fast facts Practice type: Hybrid Specialties: Digestive conditions, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, stress, women’s health Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Five Element acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? A friend of mine asked me to be a guinea pig at her acupuncture school. I went in expecting nothing. After a series […]

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New York, NY: Richard Hazel

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Back pain, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress Styles: Motor point acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? After my own experience of chronic pain and going to different doctors expecting a different result, I took someone’s suggestion and sought […]

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Jesup, GA: Leona Harter

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: General wellness, infertility, musculoskeletal pain, stress, women’s health Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, Five Element acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I became an acupuncturist because of my desire to help people using natural medicine. My goal is to address the health needs affecting men […]

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