Lic Ac, MSTOM,
Emily graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2009 and founded a practice in Chicago specializing in women's health and fertility. While in Chicago she met Ben, her husband and fellow acupuncturist at GCA, and together they moved in 2014 to the Pioneer Valley to be near family, rolling hills, and an inspiring community. She is committed to the principles of community acupuncture and affordable medicine and is thrilled to be joining GCA.
She is a trained postpartum doula and pursues post-graduate training in classical East Asian herbal medicine with Dr. Arnaud Versluys. She is passionate about women's health, and healthcare as a human right.
“I feel so lucky to have landed here. GCA plays such a powerrful role in keeping our community healthy and affirming the principle that we all take care of each other. I am inspired by and learn from the people who come in here all the time, and am honored to work with all of you.”
She lives in Greenfield with Ben and their daughter.
Lic Ac, MAc, Dipl Ac
John graduated from New England School of Acupuncture with a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2001. While studying at NESA, he developed an interest in community acupuncture through internships at Dimock Community Health Center and AIDS Care Project (now Pathways to Wellness) in Boston.
Before studying acupuncture, John worked as a clinical dietitian, providing nutritional care and counseling to people in both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings in hospitals in Cambridge, MA. He also spent several years helping manage and staff a small food pantry associated with a hospital clinic.
"My experiences providing nutrition care and food in a community setting really shaped the directions I've gone in developing an acupuncture practice. I'm honored to bring those interests forward by joining the work being done at Greenfield Community Acupuncture."
John enjoys practicing qi gong and tai chi and jogging the roads and rail trails up and down the Valley. He has two daughters and lives in Northampton, MA.
Lic Ac, MAc, Dipl Ac
Deb graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia) with a Master’s Degree in Five Element Style Acupuncture in 2001.
In her private practice she specializes in the treatment of auto-immune diseases, trauma and chronic illness, as she has intimate personal experience of living with these conditions and being helped by acupuncture to heal and thrive.
During her tenure at MUIH and beyond, she spent time serving the inmates at the local jails in a community acupuncture setting, as well as community outreach clinics. She participated in programs to treat soldiers, war veterans and their doctors and nurses at Walter Reed Medical center, and staffed the community clinic for students and staff at MUIH. After graduation, she served as a supervisor in the University’s student training clinics for many years. In 2006 became certified in animal acupuncture. Subsequently, she has also trained with Acupuncturists Without Borders to serve survivors of natural disaster, war and other trauma with auricular (ear) acupuncture.
She has had a lifelong passion for the resilience and beauty of the natural world and the fundamental ways that it informs and constitutes health in the human body and experience of life. She spent many years studying the Chinese arts of tai chi, chi qong and kung fu, and her embodied knowledge of these practical tools inform and guide her treatments and understanding of the body and its relationship with energy and movement.
Her interest in serving as a Community Acupuncture practitioner stems from a deep commitment to making this valuable healing resource accessible to all people. She sees the Community Acupuncture approach is part of an exciting movement toward this end, which allows for cheaper and more frequent treatments for community members who might not otherwise be able to afford it.
Lic Ac, MSTOM, Dipl Ac
Ben was born and raised in north-central Illinois, in the hinterlands of Chicago. From an early age, he had an acute interest in the natural world, and spent many a happy hour collecting fossils and bones, gathering plants, and catching various critters in his native fields and woods. He has a background in sustainable agriculture and beekeeping, and first became interested in herbal medicine through his fascination with wild edible plants. He studied Western herbalism for two years in Minneapolis, with teachers Lise Wolff and Matthew Wood, before earning his MSTOM from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.
"I was first exposed to the community acupuncture model in various manifestations while I was still in school back in Chicago, and have been intrigued by it since. I love practicing this medicine and want to do my best to make it available to people from all walks of life. I particularly enjoy the sense of belonging in the community setting, and am thrilled to be seeing patients in my new home town! As I gain experience, I'd like to integrate my herbal training more and more into the faster-paced clinic environment at GCA."
Ben continues to study classical East Asian herbal medicine in the Tian-Zeng lineage with Dr. Arnaud Versluys, and has extensive clinical training in the use of classical formulas, with a particular interest in gastro-intestinal, auto-immune, and neurological disorders. As he is exploring his new surroundings, you might bump into Ben on a local trout stream, over a crock of fermenting vegetables, or trying not to step on your feet as he learns to contra dance.