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 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 $30 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 $45 - $75 (according to our self reported income based sliding scale).
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.
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!
Jonathan Edwards, MSOM, LAc is a practitioner and student of herbalism with extensive training in Western and Classical Chinese traditions. He has been working (and playing) with herbs since 2008, when he was first exposed to Ayurveda; a subsequent trip to Nepal brought him into contact with a dying lineage of vaidya (herbalist-alchemist-physicians), and the experience moved him to dedicate himself to carrying on the plant medicine traditions that have been so key to his own healing.
He enrolled at the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at NUNM in Portland, Oregon, graduating with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2014. Since then he has been practicing, writing, and teaching herbalism. He’s honored to be at BAP amongst respected colleagues and to have the chance to serve the community as herbalist and acupuncturist. He also maintains a private practice focusing on divination and ancestral healing work, AxisMundiHealingArts.com.
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.
Bart Beckerman holds a Masters of Acupuncture degree from Academy For Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL. He currently has a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY practicing Acupuncture and Medical Qigong Therapy. He has been studying Medical Qigong at the International Institute of Medical Qigong since 2010 and has been practicing Medical Qigong in private practice since 2011. He was trained in Prophetic Cupping (Hijamah) by Dr. Wadude Laird, M.D. under the guidance of Sidi Shaykh Muhammad as-Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i ash-Shadhuli. Bart also has training in Worsley 5 Element Acupuncture, Medicine Without Form, Chinese Medical Nutrition Therapy, Cupping, Gua Sha, Sufi Spiritual Healing, and is currently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate program at Maryland Institute of Integrative Medicine learning Chinese Herbal Medicine.
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.
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.
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. Having completed her doctorate, she is currently participating in a year-long post-graduate clinical training at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in the Neurology and Labor & Deliver Depts. Learn more about Alexandra here.