Staff Bios

All acupuncturists at Acupuncture Together are licensed to practice acupuncture in Massachusetts, hold Master of Acupuncture or Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees and are Diplomates of the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

Caitlin Arntz has been working at Acupuncture Together since October of 2012.  She earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in 2012.  Her graduate studies focused on Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and she has also spent considerable time studying and treating patients with distal point treatment methods.  Caitlin’s clinical internship experiences included the NESA Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance- Malden (where she helped convince new doctors of the benefits of acupuncture) and in the Family Medicine Department at Boston Medical Center. She is experienced in treating a range of health conditions, involving, but not limited to, respiratory symptoms, digestive disorders, musculoskeletal pain, TMJ, anxiety and post concussive syndrome.

Prior to acupuncture school, Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in beautiful western Mass. She intended to pursue higher education to become a therapist, however, after reading a book about qi gong, she became interested in the workings of Chinese Medicine and stumbled upon NESA in a search for a place to further her education. Caitlin feels that a background in psychology provided a great base for her hands on experience in the clinic and meshes well with a medicine that views the patient in a holistic way and takes into account the mind-body connection.

In her free time, Caitlin enjoys hiking, reading, seeking out musical events and biking around Somerville looking for little adventures.

 

Kathia Kirschner graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2013 with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) degree and began working at Acupuncture Together in March of 2014.  She is duly licensed in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. 

Kathia strongly believes that acupuncture should be available and affordable to everyone, and has loved Acupuncture Together ever since she experienced it as a patient in 2010.  Kathia particularly likes treating women’s health, emotional/psychological conditions and pain, but has experience treating a variety of other conditions as well.  Kathia entered this field because of her original interest in psychology and counseling, but with a desire to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

While attending acupuncture school, Kathia joined Global Acupuncture Project (GAP) in Uganda to teach local health professionals to deliver simple and effective acupuncture in rural areas, where access to health care and medications is often limited.  She is still involved with GAP as a Board of Directors member.

Kathia was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to the United States in 2001.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at Cornell University and worked with research and training at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma before she attended acupuncture school.  Kathia is an avid traveler who enjoys getting to know people and learning about different cultures.  She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese with a working knowledge of French.  In her free time, Kathia enjoys dancing, practicing martial arts and yoga, reading fantasy novels, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

 

Justine Deutsch Myers earned a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) degree from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA in August of 2007 and is licensed to practice both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Her graduate studies focused on Chinese style acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and she has done post-graduate coursework in distal point treatments for acute and chronic pain as well as Chinese herbal medicine for internal medicine conditions.  Justine has extensive clinical experience successfully treating a wide range of conditions.

Justine was a board member of the Community Acupuncture Network in 2010 and 2011, and now serves as a community acupuncture clinic success mentor for POCA, the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. She has taught courses on distal point treatments and Chinese herbal medicine at community acupuncture workshops.  Justine’s work in the community acupuncture setting began at Manchester Acupuncture Studio in New Hampshire in September of 2007, where she practiced until opening Acupuncture Together on May 27, 2008.

Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Justine obtained a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in psychology from the University of Rochester.  When she’s not working, Justine enjoys exercising, outdoor activities, collecting community acupuncture clinic t-shirts and spending time with family and friends.

 

Katie Oleksak started assisting at Acupuncture Together while she was a student at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in 2008, and has loved the clinic ever since.  She joined the clinic as an acupuncturist in June of 2013.

Katie received her Master of Acupuncture from NESA in 2011 along with a Master in Pain, Research, Education and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2011.  She studied at the Boston School of Herbal Studies apprenticeship program (Certificate in Herbal Medicine) and has a special interest in Western herbal medicine and supplements, particularly for pain conditions.

Originally from Western Massachusetts, Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Westfield State College and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  This started her on the path to finding a career that she truly loves.

Katie feels strongly about the integration of acupuncture, nutrition and alternative therapies for overall health and wellness.  She values supporting local businesses in her community and since graduation, has been gaining experience at local community acupuncture clinics with a passion for making acupuncture accessible to all.  She has a special interest in communicating information about alternative lifestyles and therapies to the public through medical writing and is constantly on a mission to further her education.  She is known to provide simple, effective and powerful acupuncture treatments for a variety of ailments.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys yoga, spending time with family, friends and pets, traveling and going to local farmers markets.

 

Mira T. Stanchak earned a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) degree from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) in Berkeley, California in August of 2010. Her graduate studies focused on both Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. During her studies Mira interned doing group and private acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine at the West Berkeley Family Practice in West Berkeley, Berkeley Primary Care in Berkeley, the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Rohnert Park and the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, California. Since returning to Boston in November 2010 Mira has worked primarily in private practice, although she had been working toward practicing in a community acupuncture setting for quite some time before joining us at Acupuncture Together in July of 2013.  In 2012 she completed training with Acupuncturists Without Borders, in the Dr. Tan Balance Method, and became licensed in massage therapy after graduating from the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts.

As an acupuncturist Mira strongly believes in the community acupuncture model and the need for people to receive the treatment they need in order to get better.  She has treated a wide spectrum of conditions from daily stress to various patterns of pain to hormone imbalances, psycho-emotional issues and autoimmune conditions.

Before her career in acupuncture and massage, Mira graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in environmental science.  She continues to work in environmental consulting as a scientist and technical writer.  On her free time, you can find Mira likely laughing and smiling, on the beach, in the mountains, doing yoga, running, or sipping wine and nibbling cheese while petting the nearest cat.  She dabbles in crafting herbal tinctures, balancing energy with stones, gardening, cooking, and loves spending time with friends and family.

 

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