Affordable. Community. Healthcare.
Affordable. Community. Healthcare.
Founded in 2008, Brooklyn Acupuncture Project (BAP) takes health care personally. BAP began with the imperative of making some of the world’s most reliable medicines accessible to all. With a sliding scale, a variety of services, and personal dedication to the community, BAP brings affordable wholistic care to the neighborhood and inspires similar clinics worldwide. Healthy individuals make healthy communities and a healthy planet. Providing and choosing treatment at BAP is direct action towards a more people centered healthcare paradigm and sustainable planet.
Mind. Body. Spirit.
Mind. Body. Spirit.
We started off with acupuncture, but have grown into a well rounded and rooted community of health professionals equipped to treat the entire family through all phases of life. Acupuncture will always be at the heart of our services, but in the true spirit of wholistic medicine we aim to support health and healing in all aspects of your day to day life.
Professional. Diverse. Compassionate.
Professional. Diverse. Compassionate.
Our team members come from all backgrounds: we've worked in hospitals, won Fulbrights, apprenticed under Amazon elders, received White House recognition, and chased our rock star dreams. What unites us is our commitment to compassionate medicine and community wellness.
All of our practitioners hold a minimum of a masters degree in East Asian Medicine and are certified by both the national and state professional boards.
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system unto itself. Having evolved over two thousand years, there are many lineages and approaches to diagnostics and treatment. While our practitioners offer different styles, they are all well equipped to support you n reaching any of your health goals. We work together as an integrated team, and many visitors to BAP will work with multiple practitioners.
Sarah Chase Natan began her exploration of Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002 and graduated with a masters degree in 2006 after spending over one year living and studying in southern China. She is a nationally certified herbalist and shiatsu practitioner as well as NY state licensed acupuncturist. She has been fortunate to learn medicine traditions with Heiner Freuhoff, Lonny Jarret, Thea Elijah, Hua Ching Ni, the Wu Sheng’an family in Xi’an, and the good elders of the Secoya community Northeastern Ecuador. A thorough pulse diagnosis guides her acupuncture, body work, and herbal treatments as Serra hopes to encourage the highest expression of health and wellbeing in all the people she works with. Serving through community acupuncture in Brooklyn for over seven years and treating in South and Central America for the past four years, Serra has assisted thousands of people with many different needs and confidently treats everything from body pain to babesiosis to broken heart, wholeheartedly and without hesitation. She started the Brooklyn Acupuncture Project in 2007 and is grateful to the community for making it the amazing place it is!
Dr. Alexandra Garcia is a nationally board licensed doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Her practice focus is in pediatrics and obstetrics however she has also trained in pain management, weight management, and stroke rehabilitation. Her interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine evolved out of her undergraduate studies in neuropsychology and ethnobotany at Middlebury College. She earned her doctoral degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and completed a year-long postgraduate training at NYU Langone - Brooklyn in the Labor and Delivery and Neurology departments. She now assists in the clinical training of masters and doctoral students at NYU Langone - Brooklyn. Learn more about Alexandra here.
Dr. Brittany Griffin is a New York state licensed acupuncturist with a doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, where she formed a strong background in human biology and genetics. Brittany believes that our medical system should incorporate traditional modalities alongside modern approaches to provide the most comprehensive care for our patients. She has worked as a research assistant in the neurology department at Lutheran Medical Center, where she also participated in a post-graduate program on the obstetrics floor using acupuncture during active labor and delivery. Brittany has experience treating a wide range of conditions, with a special interest in pain management and prenatal/postpartum issues.
Melissa Little is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of New York with a Master's degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is an advocate of alternative medicine and is of the belief that affordable healthcare should be the norm, not the exception. She welcomes individuals with a wide range of health issues, and has a particular interest in treating pain management, digestive disorders, anxiety and depression. Before discovering her passion for acupuncture, Melissa studied Mediterranean archaeology at SUNY Albany where she used her inquisitive mind to uncover and understand our ancestors. Melissa uses a similar approach with Chinese Medicine and in the understanding and treatment of the body.
Jennifer Sawyer is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York. She has a masters degree in acupuncture and a certificate in Chinese herbal medicine from the Academy for 5 Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL. Jennifer also holds a BA in contemplative psychology from Naropa University. Jennifer has held a profound interest in the exploration of healing on all levels (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) since she began her studies at Naropa University in 2005. She continues to explore the places where these levels meet in her practice with her patients and in her own personal work. To further this interest and her abilities to explore Jennifer currently takes part in an ongoing Whole Heart Communication (formerly Medicine Without Form) mentorship with Thea Elijah. One of her primary strengths as a practitioner is deep compassion mixed with fine tuned accuracy. Jennifer also has training in cupping, gua sha, plant spirit medicine, core synchronism, and nutrition.
Christopher Peacock is a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist in New York City. He graduated with honors from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. During this intensive four year program, Christopher studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with some of the foremost Chinese medicine doctors in the world. Christopher is a Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) the highest level of certification available. Previous to his Chinese medicine studies he worked as a licensed massage therapist at the Center for Integrated Therapies in Cleveland, Ohio. This multidisciplinary clinic primarily serves the HIV positive community and people with disabilities. During his final year of graduate study, he completed an externship performing acupuncture services at Housing Works, an HIV social service organization in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. Before his graduate studies, Christopher worked with the LGBTQ community in many different facets. His experience as a public health advocate at the LGBT community center informs his vast experience dealing with the health issues that are commonly experienced within the LGBTQ spectrum. While Christopher’s practice includes a diverse cross section of society, his specific interests include health and wellness within the LGBTQ community, HIV health, transgender health, pain management and emotional health.
Kidada Fields is an acupuncturist, gardener, and reiki practitioner. The seeds of her passion for the healing arts were planted as a young child by a mother who braved the jungles of Guyana in search of self-discovery. Kidada learned to take an integrated approach to wellness and views healing as a journey, not just a destination. Ms. Fields encourages her patients to actively participate in their curing process. Part of her work includes supporting people in their ability to listen to their bodies and tune into the messages that symptoms convey. Kidada’s Acupuncture background is rooted in Five Element theory that branches out to include different styles including TCM & 8 Principles. She earned her Master’s in Acupuncture (2006) from the acclaimed Tai Sophia Institute Maryland. Ms. Fields holds a BS in Biology (1998), a Health Coach Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2004) and a 2nd level Reiki attunement (2013). After completing a year course in Chinese Herbal medicine (2006), Kidada discovered another healing tool and continues to study Chinese herbs. She has helped people with an array of health concerns including bodily & emotional pain, infertility, menstrual & menopausal issues and seasonal imbalances. She recently re-located back to Brooklyn, NY after having a four year Acupuncture practice in Baltimore, MD. While in Baltimore, Kidada also volunteered at Joy Wellness, a free community clinic; worked at Govans Community Acupuncture clinic; and supervised non-acupuncturist offering the 5 needle NADA protocol to people working through addictions. Kidada’s joyful return home brings more time with her family and an opportunity serve alongside the BAP community.
Donna R. Hernández is a NY Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist and has a Bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University. Her focus is in Neurological Disorders, Orthopedics and overall Wellness support. She's a trained Practitioner in Fertility, Weight Management, Auricular and therapeutic Tui Na Massage treatments. She is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine MSTOM program and she works there as the Herb Dispensary Clinic Coordinator and as a Teaching Assistant in Acupuncture/Points theory classes. In 2017, she joined on as a Fellow/Apprentice at the NYU Lutheran Medical Center in the Neurology department with a focus on Stroke and Pain management. Over the last few years she has participated in Community Acupuncture clinics in Guatemala, Harlem and Brooklyn. As a Practitioner of Puerto Rican decent, she provides services in both English and Spanish and is dedicated to providing access to Wellness in all communities.
Evie Mireille Elman graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City where she received her Masters in Science and Acupuncture and is a nationally board certified and licensed acupuncturist. Evie has had the opportunity to provide acupuncture at the Veterans Hospital, the Institute for Family Health, and Housing Works, which is one of New York City's first established free healthcare clinics for transgender, queer and homeless communities. She is currently training with Victoria Kroos, who is nationally recognized for her great success in treating infertility with fertility acupuncture, and shares patients with Doctors at The Center for Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College and The Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. Evie creates thoughtful and comprehensive treatment plans that address the physical and/or mental disharmonies her patients come to her with, such as chronic and intermittent musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, stress, depression, migraines, epilepsy, digestive issues, insomnia, physical and emotional trauma, addiction, and all issues dealing with menstruation and fertility.
Tim Fatato is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he earned a masters degree in Acupuncture. He apprenticed for over three years in a clinic that specializes in orthopedics and pain management, where he learned how to combine Acupuncture with Tui Na, a form of Chinese medical massage to address his patient’s needs. He believes in the power of utilizing both Acupuncture and hands-on body work to treat any condition. He is continuing his postgraduate study at NYU Langone Hospital working in the Neurology Department. He also has experience treating a variety of other conditions including anxiety, stress, PTSD, stroke and digestive issues.