Forty licensed acupuncturists from our region have formed a regional professional association to spread the word about this proven medical modality to patients and western medical professionals alike.
Officially founded in 2012, RocAcupuncture is led by four licensed acupuncturists, each representing different acupuncture and wellness centers throughout the Rochester area. They are Molly Branch, Lic.Ac., of Branch Acupuncture Center in Bushnell’s Basin; Laura Chey, Lic.Ac., of Balance Acupuncture in East Rochester; Dawn Mamikunian, Lic.Ac., of Dawn’s Acupuncture in Pittsford; and Leslie Mentel, Lic.Ac., of StillPoint Acupuncture Healing Arts in Rochester.
“RocAcupuncture’s members are all committed not only to our patients, but to our community,” Chey said. “We want to encourage people of all ages to consider every treatment available to them, to improve their health and that of their loved ones.”
Acupuncture is very helpful as preventative medicine, and is increasingly accepted as a viable alternative and complement to western medicine. It has been used successfully for over 3,000 years and continues to grow in wider acceptance across the globe.
The three-part formal mission of RocAcupuncture is to foster mutual support within the profession; to build alliances with other health professionals for the purpose of education and referrals; and to develop resources for patients and families seeking information about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
To that end, the group’s first community-facing effort is being planned for Saturday, September 20: RocAcupuncture in the Park, a free event, will take place at Kings Bend Park in Pittsford and will include educational talks, demonstrations, experiential classes and free treatments.
More information about RocAcupuncture in the Park will be released closer to the event date. In the meantime, patients and practitioners seeking more information about acupuncture or the RocAcupuncture group can visit www.RocAcupuncture.com, join the RocAcupuncture Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RocAcupuncture) or call Leslie Mentel at 585-317-6725.
Featured photo caption: Founding members of RocAcupuncture