Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist & Midwifes Apprentice
I believe that being healthy means having the opportunity to live our lives fully by being able to play, work and contribute to our communities and families: it means enjoying our life. Having a disability, being “older”, or pregnant, or any other way society categorizes people, doesn’t make someone unhealthy. But it can be stressful! It’s not a question of outside, social measures or someone else telling us we’re okay. Being healthy and living healthy is more a question of whether we are can lead our lives the way we want to. If our physical or emotional well being is stops us from being involved, then it’s time to focus on getting healthy. Virtually everyone can be healthy. And acupuncture and Chinese medicine are amazing tools on the journey.
I’m often asked how I became an acupuncturist. When I was seven years old I decided I wanted to “do massage and deliver babies.” It took years for me to find my there and my route to coming an acupuncturist and now a midwife has been a winding one… I am originally from Florida (with the birth name Della Lawhon), and graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in American Studies, and a minor in Women’s Studies. For seven years I worked at women’s health clinics in Tampa, Florida, then in Asheville, N.C, as a medical assistant and counselor. While in North Carolina, I also worked as a public health educator focusing on reproductive health and as a counselor with brain injured people at a rehabilitation hospital. In 1992 I completed graduate work at George Washington University in American Civilization and Social History. While living in D.C., I worked at the National Archives with electronic government records, and then spent the next seven years in the corporate sector developing research databases for libraries and researchers.
I first began my journey in Asian medicine by studying Shiatsu. One of my life long passions has been yoga. I had a friend I met in yoga class who was studying Shiatsu: I was one of her regular guinea pigs, “allowing” her to practice on me. I loved the treatments! so in 1998 I enrolled at the Boston Shiatsu School. A year later, after graduating, I was accepted to the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) program. In 2002 I graduated from NESA with specializations in both Japanese and Chinese acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I have been treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 2003.
Beginning in 2008 I joined the clinical faculty at NESA and now, in addition to my own clinical practice, I oversee third and fourth year interns treating patients with herbal medicine and acupuncture. I’m board certified in Oriental Medicine — acupuncture & Chinese herbal medicine – and hold additional certificates in Sotai, Tuina, and Shiatsu.
From 2001-2006, I was the Library Director for the New England School of Acupuncture’s Kelly Library. Along with building the library at NESA, I worked on three NIH-funded projects. My role on each was to locate and develop information resources for evidence-base integrative medicine and help develop research studies.
I am a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and lead a yogic lifestyle. As a student midwife, I attend births with senior midwives, and assist with prenatal and postpartum care. I’m an advocate for birth as a normal physiological process and work to empower women to have safe and healthy pregnancies. My hope is that in 2013 I will become a Certified Professional Midwife.
Traditional medicine has always been a part of my life. As a child I loved talking to elders about their little “secret” cures and how they fended off ailments, dealt with traumas, and treated disorders. For years I studied western herbs and traditional folk healing while pursuing a career in Media and Design Technology in New York City. I then discovered Traditional Oriental Medicine when a friend recommended acupuncture. After a few treatments I realized I had come upon a healing system that brought together all of my interests. I left my career, went to graduate school, and have been practicing since 2007. Now I’m committed to bringing this wonderful healing system to everyone.
Michele’s experience in New York includes working at HIV clinics, with women living with chronic joint disease, and with cancer patients and survivors using acupuncture to address medication side effects, surgery/treatment recovery, and related symptoms.
Sabrina is a licensed acupuncturist with a master’s degree from the New England School of Acupuncture, one of the oldest and most respected academic institutions in the field. Her training includes pediatrics and adolescent care at Boston Medical Center, the only acupuncture internship of its kind in the U.S. At Dimock Community Health Center, Winchester Family Medical Center, and Lynn Senior Center, she has treated diverse conditions including ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, fertility issues, migraines, musculoskeletal issues, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis and poor immune function.
With a lifelong commitment to holistic health, Sabrina studied yoga, meditation and Tibetan medicine in India, where she worked for an institution to preserve Tibetan arts and culture under the chairmanship of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is a certified yoga teacher and trained in reflexology and shiatsu as well. Drawing on her diverse experiences and trainings, she incorporates various techniques in helping clients work toward balance and peace.
Sabrina graduated from Purdue University with a degree in English and earned paralegal credentials from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her professional experience includes management positions with the national Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the National Hospice Foundation, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Norbulingka Institute, and various other non-profit organizations.
Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing
Dharma Kaur is a Level II certified practitioner and teacher of Sat Nam Rasayan Healing. She was personally trained in yoga by Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, and in Sat Nam Rasayan Healing by Guru Dev Singh, Master of Sat Nam Rasayan Healing. Sat Nam Rasayan® is a registered trademark of Guru Dev Singh Khalsa.
Dharma Kaur is also a minister in Sikh Dharma, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and has been trained in childcare, massage, and other holistic healing practices.
Nam Joti is the office manager at MetroWest Whole Health. She keeps things running smoothly and has a passion for Chinese medicine. If you have any questions about our services, she’s an excellent resource! She’s at the reception desk on Tuesdays and Saturday mornings.
When not at MetroWest Whole Health, she can be found working in high tech, writing, or playing with Isabelle, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. (Pictures of this cute pup to follow very soon!.) Natasha writes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction and leads writing groups. Natasha attended Wellesley College and graduated from the University of Essex in England.
Mind-Body Ayurvedic Medicine
Sham Rang provides consultations to people interested in improving their health and well being through a deeper understanding of the connection between our mind and body. He has created treatment models for individual and group healing through a revolutionary merging of Ayurvedic and allopathic medicine, eastern and western science. Sham Rang’s process utilizes meditation with a strong focus on helping people open to their own self-healing.
Thirty five years ago, Sham Rang’s deep interest in yoga, energy work, the healing power of foods, and the human auric field brought him serendipitously to find the path of Kundalini yoga and meditation as a student of Yogi Bhajan. He has completed training in Ayurveda and Japanese acupuncture. With an M.I.T. undergraduate degree in nutritional science, medical school, residency in Internal Medicine, and 25-year practice of Emergency Medicine, Sham Rang has been able to integrate western medical practice and family life with an impeccable 2-3 hour daily spiritual practice of over 3 decades.
Certified Arvigo Practitioner and Community Educator
Noreen is a licensed massage therapist with advanced training in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™. She is also a certified Arvigo Community Educator.
Noreen believes that everyone has an innate healing wisdom and each person knows what he or she needs. She provides the support that empowers individuals to move toward healing, wellness and balance.
Noreen is a graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA and has completed a 10-month herbal apprenticeship. Committed to helping her clients help themselves, Noreen continued her training, pursuing advanced training in Pregnancy Massage, Reiki and Flower Essences in addition to Arvigo Techniques™. More info