Dr. Maureen Giese, DACM.
I believe that finding the root of medical problems and treating the source of disease, as well as empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, will allow people to stop focusing on their own problems and look outward to heal the world around them. I work with families to help create a healthy foundation from which to grow, using acupuncture, herbal medicine, essential oils, exercise and nutrition.
When I began receiving acupuncture for shoulder tendonitis at the age of 25, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it also helped with the digestive problems I had suffered since I was 7 years old, and the insomnia that plagued me throughout my teenage and early adult years.
After the birth of my son, I was inspired to use natural means to heal his ailments whenever possible, to help him avoid pharmaceutical interventions when appropriate. I’ve continued my post-graduate training in pediatrics to expand my knowledge and ability to provide parents with safe, effective and natural solutions for their children’s health problems.
I believe we need to find and treat the root of our problems and heal them, beginning at a young age, rather than treating symptoms with medications without eliminating the source of the problem. I treat men and women of all ages in all stages of life. It is my intention is to help people live symptom free or symptom managed lives without having to rely on pharmaceutical interventions.
I graduated from the prestigious Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in 2010 with a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine. I am also a 2005 graduate of the renowned Swedish Institute of Allied Health with an Associates in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy. I have extensively studied pediatric acupuncture with Robin Green of the Center for Acupuncture Pediatrics. I am also spending time working with essential oils as it relates to Chinese medicine through studies in Aroma Acupoint Therapy with Peter Holmes. I have a special certification in pre and perinatal massage therapy from Body Therapy Associates and have spent a great deal of time learning and practicing myofascial release.
In addition to my practice at Soul Sprout Family Acupuncture, I am also employed as an Integrative Therapist in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department at St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
Holly Raye, Massage Therapist
Originally a classical ballet dancer from Detroit, Michigan, Holly moved to NYC in 1986 to pursue a career in theatre. As a professional dancer, she spent 15 years in and out of physical therapy healing from injuries acquired during her career. Her desire to have an educated conversation with her orthopedist led to her education in an occupation and career that would complement and parallel her performing.
She graduated from The Swedish Institute of applied Health Sciences in 1995. During her final trimester of school, she was asked to be a student assistant teacher and tutor in Anatomy, Physiology and Shiatsu. She originally focused on deep tissue, medical, sports and pre/post natal massage. However, her focus of continuing education has been myofascial, trigger point, and cranial sacral therapies.
After a postural assessment, and critical listening to the client about their physical history, she uses myofascial, visual, and energy techniques to focus in on areas of soft tissue that need to be released. From there, she works with the client's breathing to increase pressure and address trigger points, adhesions and restrictive patterns.
During her 25+ years as professional dancer/singer/actor, she was featured in 5 of David Copperfield’s TV specials on CBS (and YES, she know how he does that!).
She is also a Producer, Director and Choreographer of musical theater programming for kids 10-17 years old.
She is a fitness professional certified by ACSM, and a certified Pilates Instructor.
Sara A. Youner, L.Ac.
Acupuncture is the third chapter in Sara’s professional career. She always hoped to pursue a career in health and healing, but got there through a bit of a circuitous path. First, she obtained a Masters in Library Service from Columbia University andworked as a corporate librarian. Then, she studied law at night, graduated from Brooklyn Law School, and was a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey for many years. Along the way, she raised seven children, become a La Leche Leader and Certified Lactation Consultant, and was active in community affairs. Finally, she decided it was time to pursue her dream of becoming a healing professional. Sara went back to school again, graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in December 2015, and began her practice in May 2016 when she received her certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has also been certified in MA48, which is a specific protocol for treatment of eye disorders, but is also very effective in treatment of pain, anxiety and women’s health issues.
Her favorite part of Chinese Medicine, aside from the fact that it makes people feel better, is that she gets to treat each patient as an individual. Treatment is tailored to specific symptoms and progress is assessed using customized metrics.
Sara was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Westchester and Queens. She and her family moved to Springfield in 1991 and she enjoys being an active participant in community life. Her favorite hobbies are reading, exploring out-of-the-way places with her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren.