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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: Deleon Best

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: General wellness Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I felt acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine were the best and most powerful ways that I could impact people’s health and lives. What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists? I have […]

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Garrison, NY: Melissa Meyers

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Anxiety, health crisis recovery, stress Styles: Alchemical acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? My career as an acupuncturist arose out of my experience as a patient of acupuncture. I had previously worked as a nurse and then a lawyer, first as a practitioner […]

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South Poway, CA: Jessica Gross

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Infertility, menopause, menstrual conditions, stress, women’s health Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I became an acupuncturist to be an advocate for integrating natural wellness and ancient, time-tested healthcare with modern medicine. My personal experience with modern medicine left me […]

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Altamonte Springs, FL: Stephanie Irzyk

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Allergies, anxiety, digestive conditions, infertility, women’s health Styles: Herbal therapy, Japanese acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? As a young girl, I dressed up like a doctor and treated my Cabbage Patch dolls. I always wanted to be a doctor. However, after spending 10 years in […]

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San Rafael, CA: Amy Shouse

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Autoimmune conditions, back pain, digestive conditions, general wellness, women’s health Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I found balance and harmony in acupuncture treatments at a time when the Western biomedical model was greatly failing me. I saw that […]

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Anchorage, AK: Heidi Bruner

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: General wellness, traumatic brain injury Styles: Classical Chinese acupuncture, Dr. Zhu scalp acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? I was introduced to acupuncture as a teenager through the kindness of a mentor of mine who knew that it would be beneficial for me. After a series […]

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Portland, OR: Summer Collier

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Digestive conditions, musculoskeletal pain, scar tissue discomfort, skin conditions, women’s health Styles: Japanese acupuncture (Kiiko Matsumoto style), pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? As a child, I collected herbs and plant specimens for my “potions” and would often splint my teddy’s broken arm. I have always wanted […]

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San Jose, CA: Patricia Lambers

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: General wellness Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I was an orthopedic massage therapist for 15 years when I decided to learn acupuncture. I wanted to acquire new tools to help my clients who had so much frustration […]

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