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Heather Stoddard, Acupuncturist, D.Ac., Lic.Ac, MAOM

Heather Stoddard, D.Ac., Lic.Ac, MAOM, is a graduate of New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS, the oldest acupuncture program in the U.S. founded in 1974.

Her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston started in the
PharmD program, then a new path presented itself leading instead to dual Bachelor
of Science degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. Years later,
she revisited her passion for healthcare by pursuing a Master's in Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine. If you ask, she might tell you her story of how she arrived by way
of divine intervention for pursuing a career in acupuncture. She is licensed by the
Massachusetts Board of Medicine as an acupuncturist and recognized as a
Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Committee (NCCAOM). She
completed the Clean Needle Technique, Mandatory Reporter training, HIPAA
compliance training, and Basic Life Support training. At the end of the Masters
program, Heather opted to continue through the Doctorate of Acupuncture. In this
part of the program she collaborated with many common health professionals, such as nurse practitioner, physician assistant, medical doctor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, diagnostic imaging, dentists, etc. to create a shared understanding of each profession's role in a patient-centered, whole-health care. She has the knowledge and tools necessary to work with a team of western health practitioners.

While at New England School of Acupuncture, Heather completed coursework and clinical rotations with concentrations in Chinese Acupuncture, Orthopedic Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Cosmetic Acupuncture. Although she is trained to treat many disharmonies, her interests lie in digestive disorders, orthopedic or musculoskeletal pain, anxiety,
depression and facial rejuvenation, to name a few. Heather worked at the Edith Norse VA Hospital in Bedford, treating veterans with chronic pain syndromes.

During two of the three years at New England School of Acupuncture, she held the role of President of the Student Association of New England School of Acupuncture. In this role, she hosted quarterly community acupuncture events for students and faculty of MCPHS, as well as networking with other healthcare professions through organization of interprofessional events.

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