At Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center our goal is to create healthier and happier people by providing quality care and alternative healing therapies to those in need. While there will always be a place for Western Medicine, we take a different approach to health and wellness.
Our programs, classes and treatments focus on bringing balance to mind, body, and spirit. Our bodies are amazing vehicles, and we are just beginning to understand their full capacities. Our intention is to teach others that the path to a happy and healthy life lies within each and every one of us.
Our primary goal is to enable you to live the life of your dreams.
What Differentiates Our Center
We realize that you have many choices today when it comes to your heath, and we feel it’s important for you to know what makes us different.
While we offer many different treatment options (see our list of services) to help you through existing conditions or problems, our ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools to take control of your own life.
We share with you ancient techniques that do not require dangerous surgeries and or toxic medications in order to find relief.
Many times prescription medications just mask pain, and do not deal with the root cause of issues or illnesses. Our goal is to enhance the natural healing system of our own bodies to deal with the source of pain and disease.
We do this through proven alternative therapies, classes and seminars given by some of the area’s leading professionals in various fields, and through the ancient martial art of Tai Chi.
Our knowledgeable staff is truly world class, and we will constantly strive to provide our clients with ongoing support to heal themselves and transform their lives.
Meet the Practitioners
Kuan Chung Chen (Lic. Ac.)
Kuan Chung Chen (Median) is a Master of natural energy healing. While practicing under his father in Taiwan, he has helped many people with both their physical and mental problems through the natural energy practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. His approach to healing has always been one of “helping people to help themselves”. His methods of Tai Chi Qi Gong Guiding Treatment and Acupuncture usually help rid people of their pain or illness pretty quickly; however, once patients are feeling better, he encourages them to practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong in order to prevent illness in the future. He believes that there is no better healing mechanism than our own bodies, and that it is very important for us to take more control of our own health.
Median Chen started his Tai Chi and Qi Gong practice at the age of five under the instruction of his father (Grand Tai Chi Master CK Chen) in Taiwan. Since then, Median has amassed over 25 years of experience in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Qi guided healing practice, and has more than 10 years of experience in teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong. He was named the international champion of both individual 37 Tai Chi Form and Tai Chi Push Hand (Detail please see Median Chen’s Tai Chi Awards & Honors here).
In Taiwan, Median assisted his father and Taiwanese residents at the Ru Yu Tai Chi School. In his time at the school he was able to help hundreds of people with all kinds of health problems. He has followed his father in promoting a “Do not occupy a hospital bed movement”, giving the bed to the people who really need it, for more than a decade.
Median got his Master’s degree in Physical Education, Health, and Leisure in Taiwan in 2008. After that he made his voyage to the United States in 2008 to continue pursuing a Ph. D. degree in Sport Management. While he was working on his Ph. D., Median also graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, NESA, (the oldest school of acupuncture and oriental medicine in the US), earning a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) and also a Mass board of Medicine certification as a licensed acupuncturist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to his unique family healing techniques, Median also incorporates the Tung style of acupuncture.
Moreover, Median Chen has trained extensively, under (Master Lin Xian Zhang) in specialized Chinese Feng Shui and the Four Pillars of Destiny technique. For years he helped people in Taiwan improve their homes' energy, or (Qi) circulation, in order to create a better environment for a family to live.
C.K. Chen (Senior Adviser)
Grand Master C.K. Chen is the founder of the Ru-Yu Tai Chi School in Taiwan. It operates today as the largest private Tai Chi School in Taiwan. Master Chen’s style of Tai Chi, has proven to be highly effective, and has and earned himself and his school numerous accolades and world reknowned status. C.K. Chen's unique style is based on the infusion of the Art of Dao into his Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi Chuan practice (37 Movement Tai Chi Form). His style emphasizes relaxation, grounding of energy, and a more united body movement. It is said to be more complete than many competing styles. It stresses the unification of all energy …the energy (Qi) from "the heavens" and "the earth". By developing and passing on his style, through tried, tested and simple practices, Master C.K. Chen has helped, and continues to help thousands of people with many modern and chronic diseases throughout Taiwan. His system of Tai Chi instruction has been able to alleviate and cure symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, stress, fatigue, asthma, infertility, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, weak immune systems, and liver disease, to name just a few. Grand Master Chen also initiated a "Do not occupy a hospital bed" movement in Taiwan. His system advocates having a health body, in order to live a fuller, and more enjoyable life. Today, the Ru-Yu Tai Chi School is still leading the way in the world of Tai Chi and life improvement instruction.
If you want to know more about the C.K. Chen or Ru Yu Tai Chi School in Taiwan, you can check our Ru Yu Tai Chi Page for more info.
Ching Tse Lee (Senior Adviser)
Dr. Ching-Tse Lee, a Chi (Qi) Gong master, born in Taiwan in 1940, has pursued a life long study of Psychology, Tai Chi Chuan, Tao, Zen and Calligraphy. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1964, Dr. Lee began an advanced study in Psychology and received a doctoral degree in 1969. He served as Professor of Psychology from 1971 to 2008 at Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and served as Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College from 1988 to 1996.
In 1982, Dr. Lee established "Tao and Zen Research Center" to promote scientific research of these two great philosophical traditions from Chi perspective. He was invited to participate in energy (Chi) and healing research projects at the Menninger Foundation and Harvard Medical School in 1988. From 1998 to 2001, he was a visiting scholar at Academia Sinica of Taiwan and conducted a research project, "Chi, Culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine". In 1999, he established a new school of calligraphy---Chi Calligraphy (application of Chi in calligraphic artwork). In the same year, he published a chapter, "Qigong", in a book, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine". In 2001, he published a chapter, "Archery and Calligraphy: A Chi Interpretation", in "Proceedings of International Conference on Society, Ethnicity and Cultural Performance". From 1991 to 2008, he served as President of Golden Eagle Institute and from 2005 to 2012, he served as President of Taiwan Photography Association of Greater New York. Currently, he is the President of Golden Eagle Institute and continues to promote "Chi Gong", "Chi Management" and "Chi Calligraphy".
Cathy has been a therapeutic healer, dancer and movement specialist for over 15 years. She received a double Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Dance Expressive Therapy from Lesley University in 1996. She is independently licensed as a Clinical Psychotherapist. She practices Holistic Psychotherapy which incorporates the sacred healing modalities of meditation, mindfulness, breath work and crystal and gemstone grounding techniques. Cathy incorporates Aromatherapy and Ayurveda practices into her healing work. In addition Cathy is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist. As a Jungian based psychotherapist strong in object relations Cathy specializes in Trauma and Woman’s issues; primarily woman and teens. As well as group therapy and group process. She brings forth the ancient wisdom of spiritual energy of the Chakra system and assists clients with tapping into their sacred healing space. Cathy believes there is a magical process that occurs in healing ones sacred space. True authenticity and soul transformation can occur.
• Eating Disorders with Women and Teens Certificate Harvard Continuing Ed Program
• Mindfulness, Meditation, for Stress Management and Anxiety
• Currently enrolled in Kripalu School of advanced studies in Ayurveda Medicine
Eugenia Lai (MAOM, L.Ac.)
Eugenia Lai, MAOM, L.Ac., is a medical board certified and MA licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She grew up in Taiwan, where Traditional Chinese Medicine has been part of cultural life style. She learned at her young age how to use simple acupressure and massage techniques to prevent colds and variety of illness. After traveling around various corners of the Asian and North American and exploring areas of medicine, she discovered the profound benefits of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Dedicating herself to the study and practice of this powerful medicine. Eugenia has settled down in Danvers Massachusetts to open Acuremedy -Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Health Clinic.
Eugenia received her Master's Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, MA. This comprehensive four-year program encompassed Western and Eastern Medical studies. Her extensive training is comprised of both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as Chinese Herbal Medicine. After graduation she completed post-graduate studies in how to enhance fertility with acupuncture, she continued her advanced training in a very effective form of acupuncture style under the tutor ledge of Sensei Kiiko Matsumoto. She also continues her advanced acupuncture/herbal trainings with various Chinese TCM practitioners including famed Dr. Yan-Ling Dong in Taipei and BJ Wang in Allston, Massachusetts. She has dedicated her work in specializing pain management and women issues. After graduation from NESA, Eugenia continued her Graduate Herbal Internship at Pathways under the tutor ledge of Dr. Tao Xie for four years. She continues her herbal education when she visits Taiwanese TCM masters twice a year.
Focusing on fertility and weight loss issues in recent years, Eugenia has developed extensive fertility and weight loss programs in her practice. Eugenia also focuses much of her study and practice in the field of women's health. Her expertise includes the treatment of fertility, women issues, pregnancy related concerns, menopause, PMS, menstrual disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and a variety of other women's health issues. She also helps her patients with Facial Rejuvenation.
Over the years Eugenia has gained extensive experience treating chronic and acute pain conditions including low back pain, joint pain, sciatic pain, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Her scope of experience includes treating gastrointestinal and neurological issues.
Eugenia's dedicated practice of bodywork originates from her childhood years of massaging her grandparents back when she was in grade schools. After graduating from acupuncture school, she practiced her tuina and deep tissue massage in massage spas in the Greater Boston area. Eugenia offers the valuable skill of incorporating these various techniques into her acupuncture treatments. Eugenia embraces an integrative approach to wellness and works to assist each patient toward optimum health and well-being. By combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and lifestyle education, she tailors her treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Before starting Acuremedy Acupuncture in Danvers, MA, Eugenia practiced acupuncture in a number of settings in the Boston area including Winchester Hospital, Shattuck Hospital, the Lynn Senior Center and Dimock Hospital. Her clinical expertise includes treating chronic and acute pain, mental/emotional disorders, women's health issues (PMS, painful periods, menopause) gastro-intestinal disorders (constipation, IBS, GERD), Parkinson's, MS, TMJ, skin problems, as well as many other conditions.
Eugenia blends a variety of modalities into each treatment with a focus on obtaining results. A treatment may include Chinese and/or Japanese acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, TDP heat therapy, Tui Na (Asian body work) and lifestyle and dietary recommendations. She is happy to help with a wide variety of health concerns that affect the whole family. Eugenia's style of practice emphasizes a gentle, integrative approach to healing.
Kathy Trainor (RN IBCLC CCE)
Kathy received her RN BSN from Salem University. She is an internationally board certified lactation consultant and certified childbirth educator. Kathy has worked at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston in women's health over the last 30 years. She has helped countless numbers of women and their families welcome their newborns into the world. She is also a pioneer in educating nurses and doctors to bring skin-to-skin care to the bedside for vaginal deliveries. She developed the clear drape technique, along with her colleague, Dr. Bill Camann, to allow mothers to see the birth of their baby during a C-section delivery. Kathy lives with her husband and is the mother of three children and one grandchild. She is fondly referred to by her colleagues as “The Milk Lady”!
Kathy Trainor is joining our team as lactation consultant and childbirth educator!! She will lead the Free Breastfeeding support group for Mothers and infants in our wellness center every week. This group is intended to assist with the basic difficulties of breastfeeding and provide a social network. Private consults can be made by appointment.
Laura Hackel (Guest Speaker)
My art and healing practice takes many forms including crystal bowl healing sessions, healing through ceramic vessels that have been individually hand crafted and charged with healing intentions, and connecting you with Nature’s own powerful healers, crystals.
I especially love the initial discovery part of the healing process where I can help people to uncover the unconscious beliefs that are running their lives in a way that is not consistent with what they desire and help them to heal allowing them to shift to a more powerful, fulfilling way of life.
I have been working individually and in groups for many years and I always feel a sense of honor that people come to me and share their journeys with me and others so that we can all benefit.
I love my work. I love the relationship that I have developed with the Crystal Bowls where I know I can count on them to bring the exact right vibrations to bear for each individual in the room, whether it's 2 or 44 people. I love the point when I am playing where I suddenly "get" what the message it, why we all made it on that particular day. I have learned to trust that whoever is meant to show up will show up, and I have seen first hand the shift in energy from when I first enter a room to when the last note of the bowl sings out. When people take me up on my offer to smudge them, I am continually amazed that the messages for them are always the ones they need to hear in that moment and I am so thrilled when someone casually says, yep, that's what I was working on.
And then when I am in the studio, I can feel the pull of what the clay wants to be. It might be a gentle suggestion or it might be a knowing so loud that it fills my head, but each piece feels alive and organic and full of pure vibration. From the centering (or not as the case might be) to the final glazing with a prayer offered up to the glazing gods, it is a satisfying process to be able to create a vessel that is not only functional or beautiful, but also full of high vibration.
Recently, I added Crystals, Nature Powerful Healers to my collection of offerings. Selecting them was a bit daunting when I thought about it, but really it was just my mind getting in the way, the reality was, I knew which ones were right and was able to get some real beauties to offer. I also love looking up the definitions in the crystal bible and playing with all the possibilities. When travel and my daughter is still at home, she is well surrounded with crystal beings to protect and watch over her while I'm gone. The crystals have given me great comfort too, as my two older boys have moved out of the house. I have a crystal that represents each of them in a circle with crystals for the three of us left at home. When one is facing a challenge, I might add a special crystal into the group for confidence, or releasing negativity or healing physical pain. But it gives me such joy to KNOW that while we may be physically apart, we are strongly energetically linked.
It's all in your vibration. Take care of yours today for a joy filled tomorrow.
As a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute Anibeliz earned her degree in massage therapy. She strongly believes in her ability to heal others with her hands. As a massage therapist her goal is to make sure all her clients leave happy and healthy. She chose this career because she has always been a care giver, always willing to give a helping hand to those in need. She has been practicing massage therapy for two years and has learned how to accommodate to her clients needs. Whether it be a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, trigger point, reflexology or aroma therapy she is able to give her clients what they need. As a daughter to a cancer survivor she hopes to further her education in oncology massage and provide her services to other cancer survivors.
Sat Dhyan Kaur (Sharon)
Sat Dhyan Kaur/Sharon is a K.R.I. certified Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor and member of Yoga Alliance with a Master's in Teaching from Simmons College.
After years of exploring different types of yoga forms, Sat Dhyan/Sharon found Kundalini Yoga to be most transformative in her life. She trained with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, Ajeet Kaur, and Mahanirn Kaur at Kripalu in Lenox, MA. During her teacher training, healing artwork was birthed which will be available in late 2016.
Sat Dhyan/Sharon feels privileged to bring the Kundalini Yoga experience to the Tai Chi Acupuncture and Wellness Center. She teaches from the heart and welcomes all students, regardless of ability level or familiarity with this form of yoga. Students will feel fully supported and welcome to have their own experience with Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Regular practice of Kundalini Yoga brings relief from anxiety, fears, addictions, eating disorders, breathing issues, and other therapeutic benefits in addition to core strengthening.
In addition to teaching Kundalini Yoga Sat Dhyan/Sharon enjoys SoulCollage, writing, singing, and the arts.
Stephanie Ibrahim Quercia
Stephanie began her yoga journey in 1990 after being injured years prior in a motor vehicle accident in which she sustained many injuries. Stephanie discovered a yoga class for people that suffered with chronic pain. She fell in love with yoga as it strengthened her emotionally and physically, finding that it really calmed the mind.
After many years taking that class, she was able to try other styles and modalities of yoga, including Iyengar along with Restorative Yoga.
With the desire to deepen her practice and knowledge of yoga, Stephanie enrolled in the YTT and completed a 200 hr YTT at the Yoga Loft in Wilmington in June 2014. She also completed mindfulness meditation training- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
As a licensed clinical social worker, Stephanie has always enjoyed helping and encouraging others and she felt that teaching yoga is another opportunity to do that.
Stephanie's humor adds lightheartedness to her yoga classes, which are Vinyasa-based utilizing breath work, concentration and proper body alignment.
Diana Sierra is a transformational life coach who guides people to breakthrough their deepest challenges and blockages, creating for themselves a better quality of life while focusing on their goals and dreams.
As an business entrepreneur, teacher, and a mother of three, she has lived and experience personally a great deal of setbacks in her life. Diana understands how we can constantly sabotage ourselves to the point of missing out on having a fulfilled life.
What began as a young person's desire to help others transform their lives, has greatly evolved for the past fifteen years. Some of her skills and methods involve accountability, strategy, mindfulness, recovery, leadership, NLP, and energy work through Reiki. Human transformation is one of the most amazing and fulfilling experiences for Diana, she is completely passionate about her work, and her commitment to her clients continues to be her vision.
I began teaching group fitness classes in 2001, but it wasn’t until many years later that I was drawn to yoga. The more I practiced, the more I wanted to know. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training through the Yoga Loft in Wilmington, and recently finished my 300-hour yoga training through Home Yoga in Andover. Through yoga, I have gained strength, flexibility and balance, not only in my yoga practice but in life as well. My teaching style is vinyasa with a strong focus on alignment and safe sequencing. I encourage my students to go at their own pace and listen to their bodies. I also hope they feel challenged, balanced, and have a sense of calmness at the end of each class. My other certifications include group exercise through Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Madd Dogg Athletics, and CPR/AED.
Lori started her yoga journey several years ago with Bikrim then Baptiste Power yoga. She was immediately hooked by the hot, sweaty, physical practice. She was not immediately hooked by the spiritual aspects of yoga but once she allowed herself to be present and open, that part of the practice is what really took hold and kept her coming back. As she was going through some personal struggles in her life, yoga was always a place where she felt safe, empowered and found the solace she needed in stressful and painful situations. It was from this place that she decided to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training at Lexington Power Yoga. She wanted a way to give back and help people feel the same empowerment and sense of community that yoga has given her. She hopes to continue her training so that she can work with children and adults with disabilities. Linking breath with movement to create a moving meditation in her classes will allow you to challenge yourself at any level allowing yoga to meet you where you are today. You will leave feeling stronger and more balanced in body and mind.
Marcy is a triple ‘E’ girl...she is an enthusiastic, energetic and entertaining person, who has been in the fitness industry for most of her adult life.
Believing balance is the key in life, she will continue to motivate you, by challenging your limits, and distracting you with humor!
Marcy knows the importance of maintaining a safe, but effective environment, and will provide you with routines that demand hard work, while keeping your body protected!
She will show you the power of exercise in keeping your mind and body healthy.
Marcy holds many certifications...personal trainer, and group exercise certified through American Fitness Association of America, Spinning certified from Madd Dogg Athletics. She is also TRX and Pilates certified. She is both Bender Barre certified and SCW Barre certified. She teaches a variety of fitness/spinning classed that incorporate all of these things!
Marcy feels everyday is a reward, knowing that she may play a role, in helping people feel better, and reach their goals!
Marisa's pilates journey began 16 years ago. After achieving her dream of working in publishing she quickly learned that sitting all day was making her back very unhappy! After just a month of pilates sessions her back issues went away and she began to have a new dream: helping others feel as good as she did! She began teaching Classical Pilates in 2003 and has worked in studios throughout Greater Boston, Southern New Hampshire and Greater Toronto. She is fully certified in all levels of mat, tower, reformer, cadillac, chair, barrels, foot corrector, spine corrector, balls, bands, magic circle and the foam roller. In addition to her comprehensive certifications, Marisa has completed many workshops ranging from anatomy to functional movement. After receiving a special certification from the Pink Ribbon Program's “Pilates for Post-Surgical Breast Cancer Patients”, Marisa created a created a pro-bono rehab program for survivors. Marisa uses Pilates to help open tight hips and backs and avoid/reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis. Many clients with osteoporosis have come back from their bone-density test finding out they actually regained some of their height. Marisa also specializes in neurological conditions (helping to create neurological pathways to regain movement), pregnancy, improving balance, meniscus issues, osteoporosis/osteopenia, and joint weakness. In addition, she assists in special conditioning for pre-/post-surgery. Marisa has helped people avoid surgery during the pre-surgical pilates conditioning phase. She has worked with dancers from the Boston Ballet and teens looking to increase core strength and stamina in sports, poor posture or back issues). Marisa studied with: Bob Leikens, Susan Moran, Kathy Van Patten, Amy Taylor Alpers and Rachel Taylor Segal (both trained under Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates' protege).
Marisa graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition with honors where she received a diploma in Holistic Nutrition. As a student she had a case study published for educational material. She now runs her own business as a holistic nutrition consultant called Eating to Feel Good. Marisa specializes in digestive health with a focus on special dietary needs including eating for IBS, ADHD, Type 2 Diabetes, balancing thyroid and other hormones, sports nutrition, celiac, food allergies and sensitivities.
In 1998 Marisa graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing and with a minor in Psychology. She has worked at various publications including The Boston Business Journal, Fidelity Investments Publishing and interned at New Age and Natural Health magazines.
Stacey is an advanced RYT-500 Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga instructor living in Swampscott. Stacey received her initial 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2007, and after several years of teaching, she earned her Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification in India in 2010.
Stacey's journey as a yoga instructor has taken many roads, and she continues to follow her heart. She has made it her mission to bring yoga to people who may need it the most. This includes…people who have physical limitations, seniors, plus-size bodies, or those who consider themselves "non-yogis". People who need a safe space to feel and move their bodies, without judgment. People struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, addictions, or other emotional/behavioral issues: Anyone looking for a way to heal from the inside out. And so she set out to learn as much as she could to carry out her vision.
Over the past several years, Stacey has continued to learn and inspire, and has trained with some groundbreaking teachers who are paving the way for yoga teachers who want to make a difference. Her trainings include:
* Opening Yoga/Adapting Yoga For Disability Teacher Training Levels 1 & 2, Mind Body Solutions, 2014
* Eat, Breathe, Thrive - Yoga, Food, and Body Image Intensive with Chelsea Roff, 2014
* 100 Hour Yoga for Emotional Health Certification, Soulful Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, 2015
* Y12SR: Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Leadership Certification, April 2016
Stacey currently teaches traditional and non-traditional yoga classes on the North Shore, including Slow Flow Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Eating Disorders, and Adaptive Yoga. Follow her at www.staceyyoga.com for more information about her classes.
Joining our team
We are looking for specialized partners from all different kind of health-related fields to join our team in order to provide our clients the best services. We are currently looking for massage therapists, Yoga instructors, Chinese teachers, and other health instructors willing to teach classes in our center. If you are interested in joining us, please contact us. You are welcome to join our team!
A Glance at the Center
Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center offers acupuncture, massage, holistic psychotherapy services at our North Reading Center. We also offer Tai Chi, Yoga, Hot Yoga, Meditation, Qi Gong and many difference wellness programs in our center.
Our service area including Reading, Wakefield, Lynnfield, Danvers, Topsfield, Middleton, Beverly, Salem, Woburn, Wilmington, Tewksbury, Billerica, Andover, North Andover, Boxford, Saugus, Marblehead, Stoneham, Bedford, Lexington, Melrose, Haverhill, and Methuen (located 15 minutes from downtown Boston, MA).