Acupuncture is based on principles first established around 2,000 years ago in East Asia. Over the past 300 hundred years the practice of acupuncture has evolved in step with biomedical theory.
Traditionally acupuncture points were considered a nexus of energy on channels that run over and into the human body. Today, scientists are discovering that the channels are intricately intertwined with fascia - a connective tissue that wraps through the body and generates electricity under pressure. Acupuncture has been shown to shift the nervous system into a "rest and recover" state. From here a range of imbalances can be righted: muscle pain, digestive difficulty, insomnia, conception challenges, and others.
Our clinic is based on the “community acupuncture” model. We treat several people at the same time in an open space. This allows us to see patients in fifteen minute intervals and keep prices significantly lower than would be possible in a private practice without compromising treatment quality.
In order to maintain a smooth pace between appointments and keep prices affordable, we have a firm late policy. Appointments will be cancelled after a ten minute grace period, and a $20 fee will be applied to cover the practitioner’s time. In cases of emergency, fees may be waived. The clinic is a community endeavor that relies on patients, practitioners, and staff collaboration to maintain its success a neighborhood resource.
Follow Up Appointment
Follow up appointments run about an hour and fifteen minutes long. For the first ten to fifteen minutes of your appointment the practitioner will hear about your experience since your last treatment, ask questions, and adjust your treatment plan. You’ll then be treated either lying or sitting down for 20 - 60 minutes depending on your needs. The sliding scale fee for follow up appointments starts at $33 and is based on self reported income.
Initial appointments run about an hour and a half long. Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes early to fill out paperwork, or complete our digital intake before you arrive. For the first fifteen to twenty minutes of your appointment the practitioner will listen to your story, ask questions, and build a treatment plan. You’ll then be treated either lying or sitting down for 20 - 60 minutes depending on your needs. Initial appointments are $48 - $90 (according to our self reported income based sliding scale).
THERAPEUTIC BODY WORK & ACUPUNCTURE COMBO
Tui Na and shiatsu are forms of medical massage developed in China and Japan, respectively. Rooted in the principles of Chinese Medicine, they work with a similar set of energetic meridians. The combination session incorporates the diagnostic and therapeutic power of touch and acupuncture to move energetic blocks and physical tension all together. Using the whole-body lens of the meridian system, these sessions can work on all levels of mind and body. One hour sessions can be booked for $111.
Pediatric (Needle - Free)
Pediatric acupuncture is appropriate for children of all ages. Treatments don’t require the acupuncture needles, and instead use a variety of brushes and tools to redirect energy into a healthy pattern. Just as with adults, there’s a wide range of uses for Chinese Medicine in pediatrics. It can be used monthly just to stay in good health, or can be employed for allergies, asthma, upset tummies, and ear aches. Answers to common questions can be found on our blog. Treatments for children under ten are $40.00 for 20 minutes sessions.
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 Sarah 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, Sarah 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brittany Griffin is a nationally certified herbalist and New York state licensed acupuncturist with a four-year master’s degree in traditional 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. Brittany uses cupping as a standalone therapy to treat back and neck pain in patients who may not prefer acupuncture needles. She has also seen positive results while using cupping for colds and lingering coughs. Research continues to expand the known benefits and physiological processes involved.