Meet our Acupuncture Team

we listen, we care, we heal.

About us: Our Team

Our practice offers the highest standard of safe and effective healing from a team of experienced, committed professionals.

At East Village Acupuncture & Massage we understand your pain. We spend most of our time walking on concrete with large bags hanging off our arms and shoulders. Your workplace has become everywhere, thanks to laptops and smartphones. Living in the greatest city in the world can take a physical toll on our bodies. We know how to heal the aches and pains that come included with daily life. Integrating Western practices with Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbal remedies, we seek to treat the body as a whole. Our licensed acupuncturists all have master's or doctorate degrees, and our massages are performed by licensed LMTs. We listen, we care, and we heal—because we get it.

I always feel calm, welcome and at ease when I get there and when I leave.

The practitioners always listen and I just feel a sense of ease and like everything is ok. Like making me feel better is important, not just a job.

Thank you for taking care of me.💓

Jennifer T. 

Nicole Kropp MS, L.Ac

After graduating with a degree in environmental science and biology, Nicole  pursued yoga teacher training, obtaining a 500 hour advanced certification as a yoga instructor. Through this teaching experience she became increasingly aware of and interested in treating pain and misalignment, a common concern of many of her yoga students. Feeling compelled to advance her knowledge of musculo-skeletal imbalances and overall health, Nicole studied acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, taking a special interest in Acupuncture Physical Medicine, a trigger point based acupuncture system. She went on to complete her Masters of Science degree while enrolling in yet another Masters degree to study herbal medicine, as well as the Doctoral Program at Pacific College of Health and Sciences (formerly PCOM). Nicole specializes in pain management, with a special interest in women’s health and facial acupuncture.

Brian Maloney MS, L.Ac

While working as a yoga teacher and trained chef, Brian felt called to make a shift in order to have a deeper impact on the health and well-being of his clients. His search led him to the study of Eastern Medicine. Brian received his Master’s of Science from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. His practice is largely influenced by the style of the founder of the College, Doctor Mark Seem, called Acupuncture Physical Medicine, and the trigger point therapy research of Doctor Janet Travell. He is also largely influenced by the teachings of Japanese acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto. Brian has many tools he brings to his sessions with his patients—acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, guasha and Amma bodywork—which he uses to treat a myriad of symptoms, such as pain, insomnia, digestive disorders, stress and more. These tools coupled with his intuitive sensitivity allow him to unlock and maximize the healing potential of the human body.

Donna Nield L.Ac, MSTOM

Donna is the founder of East Village Acupuncture & Massage. Having lived in the East Village for over 20 years it has been her dream to bring affordable, accessible acupuncture to her community. Donna studied acupuncture and herbology in New York and Beijing, graduating with honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NY. During her training at PCOM she completed rotations at the Initiative for Women with Disabilities at NYU Langone and at Beth Israel Medical Center’s Institute for Family Health. She travelled to Beijing to study a the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences which is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center of Traditional Medicine. Seeing first hand how acupuncture is integrated into daily life in China solidified her decision to provide the same access to acupuncture here in the East Village. She opened the clinic in 2016 and since then has helped bring relief to thousands of people suffering with a wide variety of medical issues ranging from musculoskeletal pain, anxiety and depression to infertility.

Elizabeth Piech MS, L.Ac

Elizabeth Piech, LAc, has a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She grew up in New York City, and attended Amherst College. Elizabeth has had a lifelong interest in healthcare, driven by her desire to help people, and she believes that Traditional Chinese Medicine provides a more conscientious and systemic approach to whole-body health. Elizabeth has a particular interest in treating physical pain and stress-related disorders, including headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and menstrual irregularities. She believes in comprehensive treatments that address the mind and the body as one. Elizabeth is also a freelance writer for the healthcare blog Health CMi where she reports on the most current medical research in the field of Acupuncture.

Katy Barnhill MS, L.Ac

In her 16 years of healthcare experience, Katy has treated thousands of patients. Her credentials include an M.S. in acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, soon to be combined with a doctorate in acupuncture that she will complete by the end of 2021. 

Katy specializes in treating inflammatory and pain conditions such as TMJ, headaches, neck/back pain, and chronic stress/anxiety. More recently, she has taken a particular interest in acupuncture therapy as an adjunctive pain management option for cancer patients receiving conventional treatments. In addition, she continues to elevate her practice by taking the latest evidence-based courses that include topics such as pain management, plant-based nutrition, and integrative oncology care.

Prior to her acupuncture education, Katy has received extensive training in the clinical sciences at Northeastern University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, completing her studies with a B.S. in dental hygiene.