Alex is an acupuncturist licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and nationally certified by the NCCAOM. She received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University in Newton, MA. She is trained in both Chinese and Japanese styles, but tends to favor Japanese style for its gentle, energy balancing approach. Her practice is grounded in the belief that acupuncture not only has the potential to resolve troublesome symptoms and disease, but it can also increase self awareness, helping people come to know themselves better on a physical, spiritual and emotional level.
I jokingly call it divine intervention whenever I tell the story about how I found acupuncture, but it really did fall into my life out of the blue. I spent a year soul searching after college, seeking a career path that I felt passionate about. I spent hours reading books, watching TED talks, and taking surveys, which ultimately gave me an incredibly vague description of my future happiness: “you would enjoy a career that involves caring for other people, problem solving, and working with your hands in a non-traditional work environment.” I found this quite unhelpful. Yes it was true, but I still didn’t have a concrete answer. So I carried on living my life with this newfound, seemingly useless knowledge of myself.
This is where the story gets good, though. At the time I began to explore all natural lifestyle approaches and started dabbling in making my own soaps. This led me to start researching healing herbs that I could add to them. One day I decided to find an online herbal course and a quick Google search led me straight to the Chinese herbs department at the New England School of Acupuncture. Acupuncture! Why hadn’t I thought of that?! At this point the sky opened up and there was a lot of singing— well, not exactly, but it was certainly an “Aha!” moment and I knew immediately that I wanted to be an acupuncturist. I finally discovered a career that fit into the obscure description I received from all of my career guides. What I didn’t yet know was how much I would fall in love with the medicine and how much it would change my life.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from my personal journey is that life is often about picking up puzzle pieces. I spent a long time trying to see the big picture, but I didn’t realize that everyday I was putting pieces together, getting closer and closer to seeing the finished product, the answers to my big questions. Progress is happening even when it feels like a setback, and every single day and every single experience is an important step in taking you where you’re meant to go.
This is what acupuncture has done and continues to do for me everyday. I believe that acupuncture has the ability to help us come to know ourselves better on an physical, emotional, and spiritual level. It can help us put together the pieces of our health stories, personal stories, or life stories. Great things often begin with awareness. It is my hope to be a guide to help people discover who they really are, and live life at their fullest potential.