Elizabeth is interested in community acupuncture because it’s a practice of people getting needs met by sharing resources, because it creates space for people to determine how acupuncture benefits them and use it accordingly, and because it supports a diverse and evolving practice that prioritizes relevance, efficacy, and experience. Elizabeth received a master's degree from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 2008 and has been treating in Brooklyn since.
Rachel is a diaspora Puerto Rican acupuncturist living in Brooklyn. She learned about acupuncture while volunteering with syringe exchange programs in upper Manhattan and the Bronx and seeing how acupuncture was used for detox, PTSD, and stress. The history of radical/collective uses of acupuncture, harm reduction philosophy, and her witness to the opioid epidemic in her hometown inspired her to pursue learning acupuncture. All these influences continue to guide her practice. She received her Master of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and is continuing her study of classical Chinese herbal medicine. Rachel enjoys incorporating trigger point muscle release and Japanese styles into her treatments.
Mona is an acupuncturist and birth doula. She incorporates acupuncture with manual techniques and, when necessary, cupping, moxa, and gua sha to affect internal imbalances through musculoskeletal alignment. Just as our internal and emotional issues tend to show up in our posture, our musculoskeletal issues can affect our internal health. The goal in treatment is to help your body carry itself with ease and more effective at healing itself. Mona also offers herbal formulas, which can be helpful with internal and musculoskeletal conditions.
Mona studied acupuncture, herbal medicine and manual techniques at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She studies ortho-bionomy, a gentle postural realignment technique, with the Society of Ortho-bionomy. In addition to her clinical training in perinatal health at PCOM and Lutheran Medical Center, Mona received clinical training in pediatric care, weight management, and HIV/AIDS. Mona entered healthcare after a long career as a community organizer and popular educator. She believes that quality, affordable healthcare can empower communities.
Selina holds a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a New York State Licensed Acupuncture, and a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Continuing her clinical training in pain management for chronic diseases and integrative therapies for oncology, she also works with children on a range of issues. Selina treats many conditions, and specializes in emotional well-being, pain management and women's health.
Before entering the world of integrative healthcare, Selina focused on social justice issues of food safety, literacy and citizenship rights in the not-for-profit world and academia. She believes that everyone has the right to affordable, safe healthcare, and community acupuncture is one of the best ways to access it.
Like many acupuncture patients, Jenny was introduced to acupuncture in her search to find relief for back pain and anxiety. But it wasn’t until acupuncture gave her the desperately needed help with complications after giving birth to her son that she was convinced she wanted to study acupuncture and share its healing powers with others. Jenny received a Master of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she is currently a faculty member teaching clinical skills to first-year students. Besides working at Brooklyn Open Acupuncture, she also has a private practice in the borough.
After experiencing the helpfulness of acupuncture after a work-related accident as a bicycle messenger, Rebecca started studying East Asian medicine in Hawaii at World Medicine Institute. She received her master's degree from Tri-State College in 2008 and went on to do post-graduate studies in TCM and Kampo herbal medicine. Before co-founding BOA, she worked at Philadelphia Community Acupuncture and Worksong Community Acupuncture. She loves the community acupuncture model because it syncs with her vision of empowering, practical, and accessible healthcare. Her greatest joy in her practice is using East Asian medicine to help people get pregnant.
Jules Sonntag received her Masters In Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)-New York. Jules believes acupuncture is amazing medicine that should be both affordable and readily accessible. Her focus includes women's fertility, reproductive health and sexual wellness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and most physiological complaints.
Jamie loves acupuncture because of its exceptional ability to treat the mind/body. She strongly believes that when we are more grounded and aware of what is going on in our bodies, we are better able to restore and heal. She has experience and training working with patients with a history of eating disorders, addictions, and trauma, and strongly feels that acupuncture can have an important part in the recovery process. Jamie holds a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture.