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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. 

Lauren Kuei
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Lauren Kuei MSTOM, L.Ac

Lauren is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and clinical herbalist in New York City. A native of Taiwan, Lauren is fortunate to have grown up with Eastern and Western medicine practiced under the same roof in hospitals. It was, and very much still is, all Medicine — a multifaceted practice employing methodologies via a slew of tools in order to identify pathologies, arrive at working diagnosis, and apply adequate and most-appropriate treatment modalities.

Lauren graduated with highest honors from Pacific College of Health and Sciences - New York (formerly PCOM-NY). She completed clinical rotation at Columbia University Medical Center Integrative Health working alongside topnotch Eastern and Western medical professionals in a multidisciplinary setting and provided individualized healthcare to patients.


A seasoned yoga instructor with 10+ years of teaching and a 14-year-stint working in Fine Art Photography, Lauren brings curiosity, tenacity, and pinhole-focus to each and every patient. Lauren believes that getting to the bottom of disease manifestation is just as crucial as addressing signs and symptoms. Employing Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine framework to her practice, Lauren treats an array of conditions ranging from orthopedic injuries both acute and chronic, to respiratory, digestive, and urinary issues, as well as autoimmune conditions and metabolic syndrome.

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.

Emily Hager MS, L.Ac.

Emily is passionate about change, she believes life happens by way of change. She moved to New York City from Ohio and finds that we are often in shifting states of transition. Her work is centered around helping patients better navigate the changes they are experiencing physically, mentally and emotionally. She has worked across several industries, from finance to advertising and market research, and has been teaching yoga since 2014. Her practice and personal healing led her to acupuncture.

Emily graduated from Pacific College of Health and Science with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Her clinical experience includes Mount Sinai’s Institute for Family Health and the PCHS clinic, where she worked with a variety of patients and treated a wide array of conditions utilizing both Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques. She is particularly interested in treating gastrointestinal disorders, musculoskeletal and nerve pain, nervous system dysregulation, and the stress of daily living.

Emily’s approach is based in listening, comforting care and exploring the inherent connection of mind-body. She seeks to help patients develop active, functional and sustainable relationships with all aspects of themselves.

Alison Doherty Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.

Alison is from Los Angeles where she studied Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine, western medicine, nutrition, energy and body work, and taoist philosophy. Alison has worked extensively in both community and private acupuncture practices. She completed a clinical externship at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where she worked on the pediatric pain management team.


Alison has expertise treating numerous conditions including pain, musculo-skeletal and orthopedic issues, digestive disorders, well as fertility, and women’s health including pregnancy and post-partum care. She absolutely loves the work that she does and the relationships that she and her patients build together. Alison finds great joy in using a variety of treatment modalities that work together. She is excited to be treating in New York City and dedicated to a high standard of care for all of her patients. 

Pat Lin. M.S., L.Ac.

Pat’s journey as an acupuncturist and herbalist evolved from their connection to their Chinese heritage and passion for providing accessible and community-centered care. Prior to shifting careers to TCM, Pat worked with queer, POC and immigrant youth and elders in nonprofits and community-based service organizations. She graduated from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, New York’s only school with majority Chinese staff and faculty. Her practice is rooted in a deep study of the original classical texts as well as the dynamic cultural context of the medicine, which is aware of both the ancient spiritual legacies as well as its historical evolution and integration into modern-day life.


Pat’s treatment style incorporates a combination of muskuloskeletal and anatomical knowledge, Tung-style acupuncture, pulse-based and constitutional diagnosis. Pat treats a variety of issues from OB-GYN, pain, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression and more. She is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care based on a holistic view of health, patient feedback and deep listening. When they’re not poring through TCM texts, Pat loves tea, astrology, and a good c-drama. 

Mia Summers L.Ac., MSTOM

Mia is committed to helping patients feel their best. Her interest in acupuncture and herbal remedies stems from her Japanese heritage, as well as her passion for people and the outdoors. As a former research chemist in natural medicines, Mia has a great appreciation for the integrative benefits of both eastern and western medical approaches.

Mia graduated at the top of her class with a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Health & Sciences. Her clinical experiences include Mount Sinai’s Institute for Family Health and Columbia University Medical Center, where she worked alongside western medicine practitioners treating complex cases including musculoskeletal and nerve pain, chronic pain, gynecological conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis, anxiety, depression, insomnia and smoking cessation.

Mia is further trained in Neurofunctional Acupuncture which incorporates trigger point release, electro-stim acupuncture and manual therapies to effectively alleviate pain. Mia also offers Esoteric Acupuncture, a gentle yet complex treatment style that combines ancient philosophies to facilitate deep healing. Additionally, Mia practices Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. Mia thoughtfully tailors every treatment to help her patients achieve their goals as quickly and effectively as possible. She is passionate in providing comprehensive holistic care to help patients achieve their greatest potential.

Donna Nield
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