What’s our story?
A&A is a primary care Chinese medicine clinic where you can come to address any of your health & wellness needs. Our team is made up of three practitioners, Abby, Christa, & Anna, and a fabulous office assistant, Mackenzie.
Though we have come to practicing Chinese medicine from different paths, you will find that we share a passion for this medicine that is inspired by similar interests. You may find out more about us under our individual bios by clicking on our pictures above.
Mackenzie supports all aspects of the clinic’s growth and day-to-day functioning. If you need any assistance with scheduling appointments, filling out forms, obtaining refills, or have any questions whatsoever, you may rely on her to help.
How to choose your practitioner?
Establishing care with a new practitioner can sometimes be daunting, so here are some things for you to consider in making your choice.
A&A is a collaborative practice in which we share our experiences and perspectives with each other to ensure the very best care for each of our patients. Our practice is not only about acupuncture – we have extensive training in a variety of modalities (see Our Services). We will use modalities best suited for your wellness goals and will do whatever it takes to enable you to feel better quickly. We consider it a great honor to assist our patients along their wellness paths and work together to ensure they have all the resources needed to succeed.
A wonderful benefit to being a patient at our clinic is that after establishing care with A&A, you may see any of our practitioners without incurring additional ‘new patient fees’. We love to collaborate on patient care. In addition, establishing care with multiple practitioners will enable you to feel comfortable scheduling appointments with any of us for any urgent or acute care needs.
Another important thing to consider is the style of acupuncture offered. Most people don’t realize there are a wide variety of acupuncture styles, schools, and lineages. This is similar to learning different languages. Each style aims to communicate with the body to promote or restore health and wellness. No one is better than the other, but each have elements that are unique. What is important is to gain a fluency in the language(s) you speak. Read more about this here.
The biggest difference that you will notice as a patient between styles is the needling style and stimulation achieved. Since everyone has preferences with regards to pain sensitivity and stimulation, the style your acupuncturist practices can have an impact on whether the treatment resonates with you. Therefore, matching your preferences with acupuncture style is essential.
What styles do we practice?
At A&A, we have training in both Chinese & Japanese style acupuncture. You may read about the differences between these here. Abby primarily practices a blend of Japanese and Classical Chinese styles of acupuncture, Christa primarily practices TCM, and Anna primarily practices Classical Chinese.
Abby & Anna both studied under Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest from the Jade Purity School during their foundational training from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC.
Most acupuncturists will go on to supplement their foundational training by learning other styles and studying with different teachers. It is because of this that every practitioner is different and brings their own personal, unique approach to this medicine. We consider it a strength to have different styles and approaches to offer at the clinic and we hope you do too. You may find out more about each practitioner under their individual bios.
We want to be advocates for your health and wellness … because You Are the Point!