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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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San Diego, CA: Shelly Krahn

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Infertility, menopause, pregnancy, postpartum, women’s health Styles: Classical acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I decided to become an acupuncturist and provider of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when I saw how well it could work to balance the body rather than just […]

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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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Seattle, WA: Wendy Hueners

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Anxiety, general wellness, infertility, insomnia, menopause Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I came to acupuncture in a roundabout way. I started my acupuncture training in my third year of naturopathic medical school because I had been […]

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Shorewood, WI: Meredith Young

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Allergies, anxiety, digestive conditions, infertility, women’s health Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I’ve always been interested in Chinese medicine. It seemed so mysterious and I loved that it was so rooted in ancient times. As a naturopath, I felt I was […]

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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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Brantford, ON: Esther Shelley

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Allergies, back pain, digestive conditions, general wellness, menstrual conditions Styles: Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Why did you become an acupuncturist? I was so impressed when my son was significantly helped with his allergies via acupuncture. I immediately enrolled in the closest school I could […]

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Toronto, ON: Fay Meling von Moltke Pao

Fast facts Practice type: Private Specialties: Cosmetic care, general wellness, pediatric conditions, women’s health Styles: Herbal therapy, pediatric acupuncture Why did you become an acupuncturist? During university, I suffered from a painful sports injury. The condition, which had lingered on for months, was finally resolved within three treatments when I visited an acupuncturist. My fate […]

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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: 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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