My name is Anne-Louise Smallen I just moved to the Northampton area and I am happy to join Rachel and Katie as a licensed acupuncturist working for Northampton Community Acupuncture. I like how well organized, compassionate and professional they are and how the clinic has been able to offer excellent services at affordable prices. I believe that everyone should have access to acupuncture and they practice that.
I graduated in 2008 from Tai Sophia Institute (now called Maryland University of Integrative Health) where I studied five-element acupuncture and furthered my knowledge of ancient oriental medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, an internationally known master of ancient and modern Chinese philosophy and techniques. I practiced in Maryland (Sunrise Acupuncture), in New York State (New Lebanon, NY) and Massachusetts: in Pittsfield (Moments House Cancer Support Center) and Great Barrington (Volunteers in Medicine). I have great respect for and confidence in acupuncture because I have seen how well it helps people with chronic and recurring diseases. I consider it very important in treating gynecological and fertility issues, long term illnesses, addiction and recurring pain. Although it is an ancient practice pre-dating modern science, it can affect hormones and keep them balanced and under control. Acupuncture manages side effects of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and mitigates the side effects of taking medication on a long-term basis. Acupuncture is useful with many long-term ailments and engages the whole person in pursuit of health. It works on the body, the mind and the spirit
After treating so many patients, I have become a convinced witness and a dedicated practitioner because it is such a helpful method of healing. I hope you will consider me if you need treatments. I currently work on Saturdays from 9 to 2 and will expand my hours in the fall.
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.
Originally from Western Massachusetts, Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Westfield State College. She moved around a bit and finally decided to go to graduate school, which started her on the path to developing the career that she has today.
She always knew that her profession would somehow be related to healthcare and had an interest in alternative medicine. Not knowing exactly how this would manifest, she began researching educational opportunities and learned about the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA).
She looked into it, decided it was a good fit, moved to Boston and graduated from NESA where she simultaneously received her Master of Acupuncture (2011) and a Master of Science in Pain, Research, Education and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine (2011).
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.
She also studied at the Boston School of Herbal Studies apprenticeship program with a Certificate in Herbal Medicine (2011) and has experience working at natural food stores with an interest in herbal medicine and supplements for preventative care and a treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Katie feels strongly about the integration of acupuncture, diet, nutrition and alternative therapies for overall health and wellness. She values supporting local businesses in her community, agriculture and using food as medicine.
Since graduation, she has gained experience at a number of local Community Acupuncture clinics in the Boston area. She feels strongly about making acupuncture more accessible to the public. She has a special interest in communicating information about alternative lifestyles and therapies through writing and is constantly on a mission to further her education. She is known to provide simple, effective and powerful acupuncture treatments to her patients for a variety of ailments.
Her path has brought her back to her roots in Western Massachusetts where she is looking forward to living closer to the mountains, the laid back atmosphere and furthering her experience and professional career. She enjoys shopping at farmers markets, practicing ashtanga yoga, spending time with her chocolate lab and going to the movies.