Hailing from sunny San Diego, Ariel received her BA from University of California, Santa Cruz in Community Studies with a focus on Resistance and Social Movements. After spending a year doing a field study in a Barcelona, Ariel returned to California with an unclear vision of where she could place herself in order to do her part in the context of social justice. After a couple months contemplation she was offered a plane ticket to New York City.
In New York, Ariel was first overwhelmed by the beat of the city and spent a couple of years dancing tango and hip hop, and biking around the city before enrolling in the acupuncture program at Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Over the course of three years, she studied under renowned teachers such as Kiiko Matsumoto, Emilie Connor and Mark Seem. The three styles of acupuncture taught at TSCA have given Ariel a flexibility of treatment possibility. She also completed an internship at the Integrative Therapies Program in
Pediatric Oncology at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, under
the supervision of Diane Rooney, LMT LAc.
After graduation, Ariel worked at WorkSong Chinese Medicine in Greenpoint, where a high patient volume gave her her sea legs. Finding and working in a community acupuncture practice brought Ariel full circle in terms of incorporating the theories of social movement and justice into her own practice. She attended the CANference in NH and lost her heart to the movement. To read more about the theories and culture of community acupuncture click here.
Ariel is currently completing postgraduate specialization in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation with Andrew Nugent-Head. She sees patients in her lovely Bushwick treatment studio at a low cost of $65 a session, while planning a larger community acupuncture practice in the future.
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