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.💓
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.
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.
Giovanna Silva L.Ac., MSTOM
A native New Yorker, Giovanna graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine, where she received her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Sciences. She is currently completing her Doctorate degree at Pacific College of Health & Sciences. Giovanna’s specialties include pain management, emotional well-being, stress reduction, and cosmetic acupuncture.
Having interned and worked at community acupuncture clinics, she is passionate about mainstreaming oriental therapies to the public. The pandemic has reinforced her interests for treating anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia and general pain related issues. Her approach helps promote her patients’ natural healing mechanisms to restore emotional balance, and physical vitality through acupuncture, cupping, moxabustion, Gua Sha and auricular acupuncture.
Travel has been an integral part of Giovanna’s life journey. Since 2001, she has spent extensive time in various parts of the world, like Nepal, India, Thailand, and Peru. These journeys introduced her to many healing therapies, and through these experiences, she was inspired to practice Oriental Medicine.
She is fluent in both English and Spanish and looks forward to treating you!