Rachel graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Mass, in 2006 with a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and a specialty in Japanese Acupuncture. Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Philosophy from Northeastern University, completed in 1994. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, including women's health clinics, community health clinics, HIV clinics and hospitals.
Before going to graduate school, Rachel worked for a few different organic farms in both the midwest and here in Hadley, and strongly supports local and sustainable food movements, for both the health of the individual and the local economy. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys buying local foods as much as possible, cooking, hiking, yoga and meditation, reading, and hanging out with her two cats and dog. Rachel is fairly sure she has some hobbit in her genealogy.
Rachel's passion for being able to offer this powerful, traditional medicine in an affordable and accessible way to her community has come to fruition with the founding and evolution of Northampton Community Acupuncture. NCA was co-founded in 2006 with another acupuncturist, Melissa Stein, who now works in the Boston area at a thriving community acupuncture clinic. Since then, NCA has grown into a busy, community-supported clinic that is grateful for the opportunity to serve the greater Pioneer Valley.
Anne-Louise Smallen received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture in 2008 from Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrated Health), a five-element acupuncture school. She also studied for two years with Jeffrey Yuen, an internationally known master of ancient and modern Chinese philosophy and techniques. She had an acupuncture licence and practiced in Maryland (Sunrise Acupuncture, Rockville), New York State (New Lebanon, NY) and is currently licensed in Massachusetts. She practiced at Moments House Cancer Support Center, in Pittsfield, MA, and Volunteers in Medicine in Great Barrington, MA. In June of 2017, she joined the Northampton Community Acupuncture.
Anne-Louise has experience with gynecological and fertility issues, menopausal and menstrual support, maintenance of long term illnesses, addiction, chronic and acute pain such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, lumbago, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. numbness and tingling, vertigo and balance issues, cardiac and respiratory support. Anne-Louise feels strongly that, though acupuncture is an ancient practice pre-dating modern science, it can affect hormones and help regulate the absorption of medicine. It is helpful to mitigate side effects of potent toxins used to fight different types of cancer and keeps them balanced and under control. She has experience using acupuncture to manage the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, as well as controlling the side effects of taking medication on a long-term basis. Anne Louise feels that acupuncture is useful with many long-term ailments and engages the whole person in pursuit of health, as it works on the body, the mind and the spirit.