Being raised in a household with doctors as parents, Dr. Allison offers a uniquely blended perspective in respect for both western and eastern medicine. “While western medicine does a wonderful job keeping us alive, it is Eastern medicine that continues to keep us well”. Allison has always had an insatiable curiosity for nature, the body, and the unknown. As a child you’d most often find her sifting through National Geographic magazines and video tapes, mashing plants into mush in bowls, watching science shows with dad, and building sandcastles or racing her brother on the beach most evenings.
As years went by, she realized she had less and less energy, digestion slowed, and she wasn’t feeling well as a teenager should. And as true as the many stories she hears as a practitioner today, she ran into many more questions than answers with tests that came back negative. She was eventually told to avoid certain foods forever, and even then it wasn’t guaranteed to help. As her symptoms got only slightly better she began to search elsewhere for answers to restore her health. And when she felt immensely better with the help of acupuncture and herbs, she couldn’t help but share this experience with whoever would cross her path. She was determined to become the practitioner to show her patients that absolutely anything is possible on your healing journey. Your body can do so much more than we are told it can.
Dr. Allison Achenza received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Health Sciences as well as her bachelors in Biology from Elon University. She is a national board-certified (NCCAOM) Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She can also perform other healing modalities such as cupping, gua sha, e-stim, and tui na. She continues her education almost daily, diving into her textbooks and taking current courses on functional medicine, nutrition, as well as fertility. Her passions took her to China (twice!) to further study traditional and effective medicinal practices there. Needles are a natural extension of her intentions to restore balance, and you will feel it (or better yet, you won’t!). She encourages questions, and will answer all concerns to the best of her ability in both eastern and western terms.
She is well versed in Chinese herbal therapy and creates custom formulas for her patients’ unique needs. Acupuncture styles vary between practitioners depending on preference, and hers is very gentle and minimalist. She prefers to blend schools of theory within Eastern medicine with TCM, five element, and Master Tung depending on each patient’s needs. No one body and no one session is the same. Her passions lie in the treatment of women’s health, pain management, digestive disorders, and mental/emotional disorders.
A big proponent for work-rest balance, you will find her spending time outdoors with friends, listening and playing music at home, reading, snuggling her cat and hubby, making tea, watching funny videos, making facial oils, and cooking up a new recipe. A natural social butterfly you’ll find her to be friendly, jovial, professional, genuine, and happy to alleviate any concerns along your healing journey.