Sharon Weizenbaum is the founder and director of White Pine Healing Arts and White Pine Institute. Sharon began her study of Chinese medicine 30 years ago, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and spending several years studying with acupuncturist, Kiiko Matsumoto. After practicing for 7 years, Sharon traveled to live and study in Hangzhou, PRC in 1990. while there she interned and studied with Dr. Qiu Xiaomei and Dr. Cheng Yufeng in gynecology and obstetrics at the Zhe Jiang college of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also studied extensively with the gynecology doctor Zhu Shurong from Shanghai. Upon returning from China, Sharon taught for 3 years at the Northwest Institute of Oriental Medicine in Seattle before returning to settle in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Tongren, L.Ac.Herbalist, Acupuncturist
Jennifer practices a gentle blend of Japanese and Chinese acupuncture and dispenses Chinese herbs. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her masters degree in 2005 from the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts. She continues studying medicine both in China and at home with high quality teachers and scholars such as Sharon Weizenbaum, Nigel Dawes, Heiner Fruehauf, Dr. Liu Lihong, and Dr. Huang Huang. At White Pine Healing Arts, Jennifer practices general medicine with a focus on women’s health and pediatrics. Jennifer is part of the supporting faculty at Eileen Muir’s Five Element Shiatsu Program in Northampton. Jennifer lives in Conway with her husband, son, and faithful dog named Mica.
Originally from the Boston area, Dan began studying Chinese medicine in 2006 and has been practicing professionally since 2011. In addition to maintaining a private practice, for six years he traveled annually to China to study with well-known herbalist Dr. Huang Huang, earning a Ph.D. in classical herbal medicine from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine under Dr. Huang’s tutelage in 2019. Dan has also taught herbal medicine and supervised clinical training for both masters and doctoral students at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California. He and his family decided to move back to Massachusetts in 2020. With experience treating a wide variety of conditions, Dan prescribes custom herbal formulas, practices acupuncture inspired by Chinese and Korean traditions as well as modern orthopedic approaches, and also uses guasha, cupping, and other modalities as necessary.
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Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, MS, LAc., is one of the country’s best-known practitioners and teachers of acupuncture and self-care for pregnancy. Her bestselling book, ‘Acupressure and Acupuncture during Birth’, was published last year. Having directed the acupuncture program at the bustling NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn since 2004, she moved to Shutesbury in search of a quieter life and practice. Claudia’s PhD research was on acupuncture for post-stroke care, and she treats a full range of acute and chronic conditions. In addition to research on Chinese herbal medicine for Covid-19, Claudia’s works with an international team of acupuncture educators developing approaches to telemedicine for supporting healthy pregnancy and labor preparation.
Telemedicine consults last 30-40 minutes. The first session consists of a detailed intake regarding any current health concerns as well as past medical history therapeutic or preventative goals. Clients will be guided through self-administration of acupressure, massage, and/or moxibustion techniques, as well as Chinese medical diet and lifestyle advice as needed. Claudia is licensed to practice Chinese herbal medicine in New York State but not in Massachusetts; patients needing herbal prescriptions can be seen by special arrangement with other White Pine providers.
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Jack Radner, L.Ac.Herbalist, Acupuncturist
Jack Radner began his study of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2000. He graduated in 2003 after studying and apprenticing with the many exceptional scholars and doctors at SIOM and in the larger Seattle medical community, and started a private practice across the Puget Sound, in Poulsbo, WA. After three years of practice, he moved to Wendell, MA and joined Sharon Weizenbaum and Jennifer Tongren at White Pine Healing Arts. Soon after, in 2007, he founded Amherst Community Acupuncture, the first low-cost community-style acupuncture practice in the Pioneer Valley, inspired by the folks at Working Class Acupuncture of Portland, OR. In 2007, he also began practicing acupuncture at the Specialty Clinic at UMASS Amherst Health Services. Both of these practices continue to be exciting and rewarding opportunities for service and professional growth.
Jack has studied, and practices a variety of Chinese and Japanese styles of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, cranio-sacral therapy, and bodywork. He is committed to remaining a student of Chinese Medicine, always looking for opportunities to broaden and deepen his understanding of the medicine and his patients. He has most recently been continuing his study of Chinese herbal medicine with Dr. Huang Huang of Nan Jing, China, and Japanese Kampo with Nigel Dawes.
Kristin Althea O’Connor, M.Ac., L.Ac. practices 5 Element Acupuncture. This beautiful form of acupuncture works on the deep levels of the body, mind, and spirit, getting to the root for powerful healing results.
Kristin treats many ailments and afflictions including trauma, emotional imbalance, chronic conditions, addiction, as well as working on postpartum health.
A Western Massachusetts native, Kristin had successful practices in NC and OR before moving back to bring this medicine to her home community. She earned her BA from UMass Amherst in 1999 and her Masters in Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in 2010.
In addition to the five elements, Kristin brings the power of medical qigong, Chinese stone medicine, cupping, gua sha, and essential oils to her treatments. She has studied qigong with Master Ou and Paul Fraser, L.Ac., and is one of a handful of practitioners trained to teach the non-moving form of Pan Gu Shengong.
Kristin resides in Amherst with her husband and toddler boys. She spends her free time weaving, tending to her plants, getting outside as much as possible, and smiling. There’s always room for more smiling.