All practitioners at Milwaukee Community Acupuncture hold a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, state of Wisconsin acupuncture license, and are Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commision for Acupuncture.
Amy graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2006 and immediately opened a private practice called Luma Acupuncture. In 2007, she went to Hangzhou, China to do advanced acupuncture studies. While there, she was impressed with the affordability of acupuncture treatments and how frequently people get treated. She realized that most people couldn’t afford the expensive private room treatment fees she was charging at her private practice. And because of this, she began devising ways to modify her treatment model to allow people to better afford to get regular treatments, thereby increasing the likelihood of making them healthier.
In 2009, Amy realized this goal when she co-founded Milwaukee Community Acupuncture with her colleague and friend Olivia Crane. Since opening, Amy has seen first-hand how the community clinic model makes it possible for community members to realize the benefits of affordable long term acupuncture treatment plans.
Amy is an active member of POCA, the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, where she is CEU coordinator. She also sits on POCA’s events circle, planning upcoming continuing education seminars.
Olivia co-founded Milwaukee Community Acupuncture (MCA) in September 2009. Olivia was drawn to study acupuncture after experiencing the benefits of acupuncture treatment first hand. It presented a unique, holistic approach to healthcare that she thought a lot of people could benefit from. When she traveled to Beijing and observed the way acupuncture is practiced in China, she was inspired by the sense of healing created by many people of all ages and backgrounds joined together in a single room during their treatments. This inspired Olivia to team up with her good friend, Amy Severinsen, and open MCA to make acupuncture more widely accessible to Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. Since day one Olivia was amazed by the response of the community and the growth of the clinic. All kinds of people wanted acupuncture to be an option for them but it just hadn’t been available. The group setting remains Olivia’s most favorite aspect about MCA. Dealing with pain or health conditions can be so isolating and she has seen first hand the therapeutic benefit of coming together with others to heal. She has often noticed that people with similar conditions tend to unknowingly come to the clinic at the same times.
Susan graduated from the San Diego campus of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2005. Soon after she moved back to Wisconsin and opened a private practice in Glendale. After working alone for five years she realized she missed working with other acupuncturists. During school Susan had worked on community style clinic shifts and had always enjoyed the group setting. She also has always valued affordable healthcare and had been doing volunteer acupuncture at CORE El Centro since moving back to Milwaukee and prior to that had volunteered in New Orleans after Katrina doing acupuncture in a group setting for flood victims and first responders. Both of these experiences showed her the power or group treatments. She saw that Milwaukee Community Acupuncture was hiring and decided it might be the right fit.
Upon meeting Amy and Olive and seeing the space she knew she had found what she was looking for. For a few years she had the opportunity to work both in private practice and community style acupuncture simultaneously. This gave her a unique perspective on the pros and cons of both. In 2013 Susan decided to close her private practice and work full time at MCA. Being able to work in an environment where patients are able to afford the amount of treatments they need to get better while still being able to provide quality care is her favorite part of working at MCA.
Anna learned about acupuncture and its benefits while completing her undergraduate studies at UW Milwaukee in Microbiology and Ceramic Art. She earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, WI in 2006. Anna enjoys all aspects of practicing acupuncture, particularly how it combines tranquility and healthy growth. In 2011, Anna had an opportunity to work as a substitute acupuncturist in a community acupuncture clinic in Racine and since then has been devoted to the concept of practicing acupuncture in a communal and approachable setting. Anna believes strongly that healthcare should be affordable and accessible, and finds that community acupuncture is a perfect fit for these goals. In 2012, she was thrilled to join the dedicated team of practitioners at the Milwaukee Community Acupuncture Clinic.
Megan first experienced the benefits of acupuncture as a patient. After experiencing severe migraines for years and being unsatisfied with the relief provided by traditional western medicine, Megan found that her condition improved dramatically with acupuncture. Not long after Megan learned that Chinese Medicine could help control her migraines, she began pursuing her master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.
Before she graduated in 2014, Megan interned at the Chicago Women’s Health Center and Wellspring Acupuncture in Evanston, IL, which exposed her to a variety of Chinese medical treatment models. Community-style acupuncture appealed to Megan because of her desire to help patients from all walks of life access the most appropriate care for their condition. Megan first heard of Milwaukee Community Acupuncture as it was buzzed about amongst her classmates and colleagues in Chicago. Megan relocated to Milwaukee last year and is excited to join the team at MCA.
Heather likes to think that acupuncture found her. She received her first treatment, one for depression, while touring Midwest College of Oriental Medicine as a prospective student. That first treatment started her career in Chinese Medicine. While in school, Heather worked in the free (then low-cost) off-campus clinic. One of the best things about the clinic was the ability to make regular acupuncture accessible to people from all walks of life.
Heather graduated with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, WI in 2013. Upon receiving her license to practice in Wisconsin, she started a private clinic. Heather realized that the way she was trying to run her clinic was not making acupuncture accessible to a large number of people due to the costs. She realized that she wanted to help as many people as she could to receive quality care on a regular basis. That realization brought her to community acupuncture and Milwaukee Community Acupuncture. Heather is excited to be able to help as many people as possible facilitate their healing at MCA.