Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a gentle and effective way of healing the body naturally. It is based on the theory that a vital energy nourishes the entire body through a network of channels. Acupuncture regulates the flow in these channels allowing the body to heal itself.

Rates:  

$85 per 60 Minute Session

$125 per 60 Minute Facial Acupuncture Session

 

ABOUT OUR ACUPUNCTURISTS

KAREN DONOUGHE 

Karen Donoughe’s career in acupuncture arose from her passion for problem-solving.  “In every patient, I see an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life.  Many people come to acupuncture after trying every other medical modality.  In acupuncture, there are so many ways to solve a person’s illness.  As a practitioner, it is incredibly rewarding to take a patient out of pain, help them sleep better, and engage in daily activities that they thought might never be possible again.”

Karen received her undergraduate degree and Masters of Science from Susquehanna University, The Traditional Acupuncture Institute and The Maryland University of Integrative Health.  She is a National Board Certified Diplomat in Acupuncture and is a Licensed Acupuncturist by the Board of Osteopathic Medicine in the State of Pennsylvania.  She has worked with patients to resolve back and neck pain, sports injuries, neuropathy, digestive issues and many other ailments. She worked at recovery clinics in inner city Baltimore administering acupuncture for PTSD and addiction detox, as well as helping patients manage the effects of cancer treatment in the Living Well with Cancer program.  Her wellness training extends beyond acupuncture into nutrition and exercise therapy.  She combines this knowledge with acupuncture when working with patients to achieve a healthy lifestyle and lose excess weight.

“I became an acupuncturist because it allows me to help people by working with them on an individual basis; as real people with complex issues.  With this understanding, I am able to address their needs through safe and effective treatment.  Acupuncture is distinctive in that it views the body, mind and spirit of a person as aspects of an integrated whole.  I absolutely love what I do and I am thrilled that I’m able to help my patients achieve health, relaxation, and a better quality of life.”

Karen practices Classic Chinese Acupuncture also known as Five Element Acupuncture. It is heralded as the most ancient, nuanced form of acupuncture and, as pleases many patients… the most painless.

ARI ODAMAKI

Ari Odamaki is a board certified acupuncturist, licensed to practice in both PA and NY. She holds a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Ari has studied several styles of acupuncture including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Acupuncture in the teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto, and Acupuncture Physical Medicine developed by Dr. Mark Seem during which she recieved extensive training in trigger point acupuncture. Upon graduation, she continued her studies in a year long intergrative acupuncture mentorship in NYC. She also completed over 3 years in a Kampo mentorship with her teacher, Nigel Dawes. Ari is certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Her approach of integrating various acupuncture styles and modalities allows her to effectively treat and offer support for a wide range of conditions including stress, women’s health, fertility, acute and chronic illness, pain and sports injuries. Having recently moved from NYC, she is excited to serve the community of Pittsburgh.

Information on Ari’s specialties:

Trigger Point Acupuncture is an advanced style of acupuncture effective in treating acute and chronic pain, as well as sports injuries. Myofascial trigger points are palpable tight bands which develop in muscles, referring pain to other areas when pressure is applied. This kind of pain often described as “knots” and spasms” caused from repetitive strain and injury. Release of myofascial trigger points results in a twitch and relaxation of contracted muscles fibers, increasing blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and nerve conductivity.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture addresses the body’s constitution and underlying causes as well as the surface signs of aging appearing on the face. Hair-thin needles are gently inserted in specific points on the face and body to improve circulation and stimulate the production of collagen. This can reduce wrinkles, age spots, and acne and  improve facial muscle and skin tone. Facial Gua Sha massage with jade or rose quartz is incorporated to address certain areas of the face and neck prone to wrinkles, sagginess, puffiness and muscle tension.