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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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Dr. Lauren Kuei D.A.C.M., L.Ac. 

Lauren is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and clinical herbalist in New York City. Lauren employs Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine framework to her practice with utmost respect for every patient. She treats an array of conditions ranging from orthopedic/sports injuries, pain management, fertility, long COVID, respiratory, digestive, and urinary dysfunctions, addictions, as well as autoimmune conditions, metabolic syndrome, and wo/men’s health.

Lauren holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) degree from Pacific College of Health and Sciences - San Diego. Lauren has completed clinical rotation at Columbia University Medical Center Integrative Health working alongside topnotch East Asian and Western medical professionals in a multidisciplinary setting. 
A lifelong yogi and a seasoned yoga teacher with 10+ years of expereince, Lauren brings comfort, mindfulness, and tenacity to every body that comes her way. She particularly enjoys working with rock climbers, runners, endurance athletes, and senior citizens on the mat. 

A native of Taiwan, Lauren grew up with East Asian and allopathic medicine practiced under the same roof in hospitals. It was, and very much still is, all medicine — a multifaceted practice employing methodologies through a slew of tools to identify pathology, arrive at working diagnosis, apply adequate and appropriate treatment modalities, and develop treatment plans to ensure the continuation and consistency of care. In a nutshell, the practice of medicine involves trained professionals attempting to figure out the cause of one’s dis-ease in order to arrive at homeostasis.

Lauren is fluent in Mandarin.

 
 
Brian Maloney M.S., 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 M.S.T.O.M.L.Ac.

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.

Craig Wong M.S.T.O.M.L.Ac.

 

Growing up as an Asian American in Massachusetts, Craig was fascinated by Chinese culture and medicine and completed an undergrad degree in East Asian Studies at Yale University.

Craig obtained his Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from PCOM.  He has completed additional trainings in fertility and labor support and in treating muscular skeletal pain. He recently completed a training in neuro-functional acupuncture which covered advanced methods for using trigger points, motor points and corrective myofascial release. These techniques restore normal nervous system activity, soft-tissue integrity and joint function.

Before joining East Village Acupuncture, Craig practiced for a decade at a busy community-style clinic in Manhattan’s downtown financial district where he performed thousands of treatments.  He has considerable experience helping those suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, fertility issues, musculoskeletal pain, and immunity challenges. He is excited to be practicing acupuncture in Manhattan once again and making a difference in people’s lives.

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. 

Pat is fluent in Mandarin.

Vince Suh M.S., L.Ac.

 

Vince is a third generation acupuncturist who found his calling at an early age. He grew up watching his father treat people with acupuncture in a home filled with the aroma of herbal medicine. He was taught from an early age the importance of empathy and listening to patients. The happiness and joy his father expressed when patients improved after treatment left a strong impact on Vince as a child. He also wanted to be able to help those who needed healing.


Vince received his MS, L.Ac from NYCTCM. His style of acupuncture is strongly influenced by his family’s diagnostic methods. He specializes in treating musculoskeletal pain, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, fertility, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and other chronic issues. His treatment protocols utilize trigger points, Korean Sa-Ahm Acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, electrical acupuncture, Tui Na, auricular and scalp acupuncture.

Vince is fluent in Korean.

 

Anita Totlani M.S.A.C., L.Ac.

Anita holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSAC) from Pacific College of Health and Science, where she learned from expert practitioners. She completed clinical rotations at Columbia University Medical Center for Integrative Health, where her work focused on patients with anxiety, insomnia, stress, musculoskeletal disorders and fertility issues. She has additional training in facial rejuvenation acupuncture.

 

After completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, Anita worked as an Exercise Specialist with a concentration on corrective movement for injury recovery for 8 years before embarking on a career in acupuncture. Because kinesiologists study the factors that influence human movement and focus on improving the body’s ability to perform more efficiently in daily life, the transition to acupuncture was a natural choice. Anita’s training truly encompasses both western and eastern knowledge of the body, giving her a comprehensive approach to healing. 

 

Anita’s passion for holistic health and wellness stems from her personal journey of healing from sports injuries that left her with chronic pain and limited mobility. Acupuncture was the catalyst that transformed her well-being, and she is dedicated to sharing this wisdom with others. She believes in a comprehensive and personalized approach that addresses not only acute musculoskeletal pain and injury, but also the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and emotional health. Anita’s mission is to empower her patients on their paths to sustainable health and happiness.

 
Brigham Bowles M.S.T.O.M. L.Ac.

Brigham Bowles is licensed as a medical doctor and neuropsychologist in Mexico and as an Acupuncturist in the US. He is a 1995 graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, with certifications in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  He spent 2 years in India and Nepal, studying with several prominent Ayurvedic and Tibetan doctors including Yeshi Donden, physician to the Dalai Lama. He served as staff acupuncturist for the Nishtha Hospital in India for six months specializing in treating stroke/spinal cord injuries and studying conventional and alternative therapies for tropical diseases. As a researcher at the National Institute of Neurology in Mexico City he published articles on Dementia, COVID-19, and Parasitology.  He was a grant writer and acupuncturist in two studies of acupuncture for depression and manic-depression at the Bipolar Disorders Clinic at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  He decided to become an acupuncturist after acupuncture and Chinese herbs helped him to overcome 10 years of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Mold and Chemical Sensitivities.

Donna Nield
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Pat Lin
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Anita
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