Before moving to Somerville in 2015, Andrew practiced acupuncture at the New York Presbyterian Hospital’s pediatric oncology ward. He has experience working with individuals with physical, cognitive and social disabilities.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, Andrew covers at BAP. Please give him a warm Hyde Park welcome! Our regular sliding scale of $25-$55 (plus the added $10 fee for first visits only) applies.
Boston Acupuncture Project is thrilled to welcome Nicole Brown, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, to cover a shift!
Nicole Brown is in private practice at nearby Inner Sage Boston Acupuncture & Wellness, LLC. She earned her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in 2008. Nicole also has extensive training in nutrition and functional medicine. She specializes in women’s health issues, fertility, hormones, and stress-related conditions.
With her multicultural upbringing and background in psychology, Nicole has a unique perspective on health and healing focused on mind/body root cause and solutions. Nicole combines conventional and holistic approaches, educating and empowering patients to achieve lasting health and wellness.
Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended the mask requirement for healthcare facilities. Clinics such as Boston Acupuncture Project can choose to retain their own mask requirements and we have decided to do so.
Throughout the pandemic, our highest priority has been to keep staff and patients safe inside the clinic. Masking is a proven prevention tool in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. We want to protect all of our patients including but not limited to our most vulnerable—for example, people with respiratory conditions, autoimmune disorders, those who are receiving treatment for cancer including chemotherapy and our pregnant patients.
We will no longer be asking symptom screening questions before your visits – however, we still ask that youreschedule or cancel your appointment if you are feeling sick. We also ask that you reschedule or cancel if you are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. You will never be charged for a late cancel or reschedule due to illness or exposure. Thank you for participating in community acupuncture!
Our sliding scale has not changed. Boston Acupuncture Project builds community by providing widely accessible and affordable acupuncture. Boston Acupuncture Project is here for you – and thanks to you. But what does the sliding scale really mean?
We need to average $35 per visit.
We want to keep our sliding scale at $25-$55 for as long as possible. In order to continue to stay open and provide treatments, our clinic needs to average $35 per visit. (This assumes we’re averaging 40 visits per week.) This is a literal average – every dollar counts! But to keep it simple, let’s break it into 3 tiers:
Paying $45 or more helps us keep the low end of the sliding scale at $25, save for emergencies, and potentially even grow to have more open hours, more programs, and more staff.
Paying $35 helps sustain Boston Acupuncture Project financially. Thank you! This is the average payment we need to keep things running.
If you are only able to pay $25, thank you so much – please keep paying $25 per visit.
If you need to pay $25, we want you to pay $25.
No matter how much you pay, we want you to be able to get as much acupuncture as you need to see a real difference in your health concerns. Not only does your life improve, but then you can tell other people about how acupuncture helped you! And that helps us reach more new patients, and fulfill our mission.
So, if paying more than $25 would prevent you from getting as much acupuncture as you need, we do not want you to pay more than $25. We want you to get enough acupuncture. There are also plenty of ways you can help BAP keep our doors open that are not paying more on the sliding scale, if you’re interested!
In the past few months, over 150 community members received free holistic healing thanks to the Small Steps Healing Project, part of We Got Us. Boston Acupuncture Project had the opportunity to contribute to this work.
What is We Got Us? From their website: “The We Got Us Empowerment Project is a Boston-based collective of Black community members, health professional students, and allies dedicated to empowering our communities with education about medical racism, COVID-19, and the vaccine. We also seek to promote public health and to influence policy in order to help keep our communities safe and healthy.”
The Small Steps Healing Project, a community-based collaborative, aims to “increase access to acupuncture and holistic healing for the historically marginalized populations in Boston and beyond.” Harvard medical student Eana Meng named the project after Dr. Tolbert Small, physician to the Black Panthers and one of the first American doctors to practice acupuncture.
Eana and other Small Steps Healing Project volunteers organized eight pop up clinics around Boston, providing acupuncture, reiki, sound healing, and more – all free for the community.
Learning and Celebrating
This past Saturday, October 22, 2022, Eana arranged for Dr. Small to fly out and speak in Dorchester. We learned more about Dr. Small’s trail-blazing life and work as a Black physician and activist. It was wonderful to be there and an honor to meet Dr. Small.
Healers from around Boston
Check out the work of some of the other healers participating in the Small Steps Healing Project:
Bubble Blocks reserve the clinic for one full hour, for up to 4 people. (Or just for yourself!)
The name comes from earlier in the pandemic, when many people were only interacting with others in their “bubble.”
Bubble Blocks cost $100 minimum – add $10 for each new (first-time) patient. Anyone new should fill out health history and consent forms before you arrive. 24 hours’ notice is required to cancel or reschedule a Bubble Block.
Hyde Park Main Streets does so much to support our neighborhood. Help sustain their work with a $35 residential membership today, and you will get $20 back in HP-Buck$ (Hyde Park Bucks) to spend at participating businesses, including Boston Acupuncture Project!
A graduate of Boston University, Christine’s professional career spans the food service industry, financial services, service-based businesses, and the not-for-profit sector. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and volunteers on the Membership Experience Committee. She is also a member of the Dorchester Food Coop and volunteers regularly. Her volunteering and community leadership have taken her from Big Sisters, to Hebrew Senior Life Nursing Home, to serving on the Board of Directors at educational non-profit Abraham’s Tent. And now, Christine joins us at BAP.
In her words: “As a wellness practitioner, I believe in all complementary modalities to help affect change in the mind, body, and spirit. I also believe whole-heartedly in accessibility. I love that BAP is located in an adjacent neighborhood to me.”
Christine brings her entrepreneurial brilliance and passion for helping people to BAP, connecting two welcoming wellness organizations in Boston.
Boston Acupuncture Project, Inc. (BAP) builds community by providing widely accessible and affordable acupuncture in a community (group) setting and other forms of holistic health care. Regular access to acupuncture can help manage chronic illness, relieve pain, and resolve acute conditions.
In its 3 years open, BAP has given over 3,800 community acupuncture treatments to over 690 of our neighbors. Treatments are offered 5 days a week at 74 Fairmount Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136. For more information and to book an appointment, please visit: www.BostonAcupunctureProject.org