Dr. Heather Bluemel is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who grew up on the East End of Long Island. She went to undergrad at Boston University with the idea of continuing onto law school. Instead, after graduating, Heather moved into NYC, where she began working for a major law firm and then in the Compliance department of Pfizer. While immersed in learning about Pfizer’s different pharmaceuticals, she became interested in different forms of healing.

While working at Pfizer, she completed the year-long program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. While she found it interesting, she wanted to pursue a more comprehensive education in alternative health. So in 2012, she decided to leave her position and take the opportunity to travel throughout New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, where she learned about the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. After graduation from her Master’s Program in 2017, including internships at the VA Hospital, NYU Hospital, and MT Sinai Cancer Center, she began a private practice in Manhattan. In 2019 Heather completed her doctoral program and later in the year became a mom, which prompted her to decide to move back out to the East End to be close to her family.

Stenmark is a nationally certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbal practitioner with a license to practice in New York State. With a solid foundation in Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture tradition and many years of clinical experience in their private practice, Stenmark works in partnership with patients to resonate with their innate ability for self-healing and optimal resilience with chronic conditions.

A passion for pulse analysis and treatment of more complex conditions led Stenmark into further studies of Classical Acupuncture and channel theory with esteemed mentors in the field, and recent trainings include Jing Shen Pediatrics with Steven Cowan, M.D. and Moshe Heller, LAc. and is mid-certification with Matt Callison in sports medicine acupuncture. Currently, Stenmark is under the guidance of White Pine Institute’s graduate mentorship program in herbal studies and loves to receive messages from patients when their herbal formulas, in addition to treatments, markedly improves their production of eggs.

Stenmark has over 12 years of experience training students in applications of patient sensitivity, rapport, and education within OB/GYN visits in prominent medical and nurse practitioner programs in and near New York City. Furthermore, Stenmark pursues a doctoral degree wherein the Master’s program at Pacific College of Health Sciences. Additionally, they teach Advanced Needle Techniques and a classical approach to Sinew and Divergent Channels, as well as supervision of students with treatment planning and seeing patients in clinical internship.

When not building follicles, treating patients, or teaching students, you can find Stenmark riding a bike, listening to lectures in both East Asian medicine and Buddhist texts, or walking with friends through gardens and art museums. They have a BFA in painting, sculpture, and performance and bring this eye for detail to their work today. 

Sonia Lee is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist. She graduated with honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM), New York and completed Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego.

Having her dad as an orthopedic surgeon doctor, she grew up seeing him treating patients utilizing more natural techniques, even though he was a surgeon. She wanted to be like him, making people happy. Chinese Medicine fascinated her because it was the most natural and holistic medicine that she had ever known. She is passionate about learning and loves reading books on traditional Chinese Medicine. She finds inspiration from an Ancient Chinese Doctor, Li Dong Yuan (Jin Yuan Dynasty / 1180 – 1252 A.D) and continues learning and researching about better treatment based on Earth School. She specializes in treating digestive disorders, depression, emotional concerns,  as well as reproductive health and fertility. 

She is a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NY teaching Acupuncture Channels and Points to prospective future TCM practitioners. 

In her spare time, she enjoys doing Yoga, walking everywhere with her Westie, and eating delicious foods with her family.

Thea McCallion comes to Yinova with 18 years of professional experience as a Doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, licensed acupuncturist, nationally board-certified clinical herbalist, and educator. She credits her formative years studying and working in Japan and China as the beginning of her journey to becoming a practitioner of East Asian Medicine. In 2002, Thea earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City and is currently teaching clinical practice skills to future professionals.

Thea treats patients cooperatively with her Western Medical colleagues in order to provide the most integrated and comprehensive care. She is passionate about supporting people during all stages of their lives and has extensive experience enhancing fertility, promoting healthy menstrual cycles, and helping through the transitions of menopause. She is enthusiastic about helping individuals and couples enhance their ability to conceive and looks forward to continuing this work at Yinova by supporting natural cycle pregnancies and those facilitated by assisted reproductive technologies.

Thea also specializes in treating all types of acute and chronic pain often associated with physical and/or emotional trauma. She incorporates various East Asian diagnostic approaches including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Classical and Five Element styles, and uses acupuncture and Chinese herbs to restore a healthy balance to the body’s internal environment. She also applies ear reflexology, tui na, cupping, gua sha, and therapeutic heat to relieve physical and emotional blockages that often lodge within the body’s muscle memory and when appropriate, she adds essential oils to dissipate physical and emotional nervous system fatigue.

Thea loves East Asian Medicine because it offers a holistic framework for patients to attain a healthy balance within their body, mind, and emotions.

When not in treatments with patients or teaching, Thea enjoys walks in Prospect Park with her husband, cooking and baking with her teenage daughter, and doing Yoga and Qi Gong for her own health and well-being.

Su-Jung is a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist as well as a teacher of Vedic Meditation both in Brookly and worldwide. She has earned a Master of Fine Art from Tufts University and School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and received her Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from New York City’s Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She brings a holistic approach to supporting health and teaches Vedic Meditation with the intention of empowering people to find greater happiness and fulfillment from within. This is an essential component of good overall health.

Su-Jung has lived in Asia, Europe, the Middle East before moving to the United States. She brings her diverse life experience into her teaching and work with patients. She has studied with many leaders in their fields and has many years of clinical experience in private practice, and has worked in hospitals, community clinics, and in Guatemala with indigenous communities.

Dr. Kelsey Tangel is a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist, and holds a licence to practice in New York State. She attended Bucknell University as an Arts Merit Scholar, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Dance. Her belief in the mind-body connection, fascination with human biology, and love for serving others, lead her to become an acupuncturist and herbalist. She received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She specializes in  women’s health and fertility, acute and chronic pain management, digestive issues, headaches/migraines and anxiety.

Kelsey meets her patients where they’re at, providing evidence-based, compassionate care that aims to empower them to take ownership of their health and well-being. She constructs thoughtful treatment plans with clear goals for each patient that utilize life-style and dietary recommendations. She is passionate about integrative healthcare and works closely with Western Medical Doctors to manage patient cases. At Yinova, Kelsey combines her knowledge of Assisted Reproductive Technology with her expertise in treating gynecological issues using Chinese Medicine, to navigate complex fertility cases including, but not limited to, endometriosis, PCOS, premature menopause, recurrent miscarriage, amenorrhea, and IVF/IUI support.

Kelsey is also a yoga instructor and has taught in New York City, Chicago and Hong Kong. Her yoga practice informs how she cares for her patients, and her intention is to provide a safe space for healing. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bike, exploring the restaurant scene with her husband, reading literary fiction, hiking, making soup and planning her next travel adventure.

Donna R. Hernández is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. She is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine MSTOM program. She now works at their New York campus as the Herb Dispensary Clinic Coordinator and as a Teaching Assistant in various Acupuncture/Points theory classes.

In 2017, Donna joined on as a Fellow/Apprentice at the NYU Lutheran Medical Center in the Neurology department with a focus on Stroke and Pain management.  Over the last few years she has participated in community acupuncture clinics in Guatemala, Harlem, and Brooklyn.

In addition to her primary focus on neurological disorders, Donna also addresses fertility, women’s health, teenage health, orthopedics, weight management, as well as overall general wellness. She is also well versed in auricular and therapeutic Tui Na massage and scalp acupuncture.

As a practitioner of Puerto Rican decent, and fluent Spanish speaker, she is dedicated to providing access to health and wellness in all communities.

Dr. Jeremy V. Pulsifer has been licensed as a NYS acupuncturist since 2005. For the past 14 years he has run a very successful practice in Union Square, Manhattan and is quite excited to bring his expertise to Yinova. A good proportion of Dr. Pulsifer’s work has centered around fertility medicine.

Jeremy graduated at the top of his class from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in December of 2005. After completing his studies at PCOM, ​​Dr. Pulsifer continued his training in Classical Chinese Medicine, studying classical needle techniques and a 3-year certification in Medical Qigong from the Institute of Classical Asian Studies, under the stealthy aegis of Dr. Steven Jackowicz, He is also a professor of Classical Chinese Medicine at PCOM-NY.

Jeremy has been a professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City for the last 11 years, teaching research and statistics, esoteric acupuncture, Extraordinary Vessel theory and biophysics. It is work as a professor in the Biological Aspects of Physics and the neurophysiology of acupuncture that allowed him to engage in part with Dr. Jill Blakeway’s acclaimed book ​Energy Medicine: The Science and the Mystery.

When he is not busy teaching, treating and mentoring many in the Metropolitan New York City area, he is an accomplished pianist, writer and improvisational comedian with a long history of extemporaneous speaking. He shares his life with his husband of 23 years, Gerardo, and their canine son Beauregard the bully bassett.

Aileen Moy is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a licensed massage therapist. She holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fischer College of Business. She started her medical journey working for the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program as a research assistant. 

Aileen has been practicing acupuncture alongside massage therapy for many years. She has a background in orthopedics and pain management which is helpful for both her general and prenatal massage patients and her acupuncture patients. Aileen likes to personalize her treatments with a variety of Eastern and Western modalities to create optimal health. To that end, she enjoys being able to utilize acupuncture and massage to support patients through their fertility journies and throughout all stages of pregnancy. She received her prenatal massage certification in 2015 and has been trained in Yinova’s reproductive health bodywork protocol.

Aileen is passionate about learning and education. Before joining the Yinova team, she was a teaching assistant and a clinical supervisor at her alma mater, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. She has trained in the Acusport Program, MeiZen Cosmetic Acupuncture, and is currently training with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield in her Gold Standard Facial Acupuncture Certification Program. 

Aileen has developed a unique treatment style where she tailors her skills towards each individual. She is known for her intuitive approach and grounding presence. 

During her spare time, Aileen can be found cozied up on a chair reading, knitting, or watching one of the many health summits she virtually attends.

Mary Kalil Hamawy came to Chinese medicine through her own journey of fertility and the birth of her daughter. After becoming a mom, she chose to leave the world of finance to focus on health and wellness, believing that Chinese medicine has important tools to help other women.

As a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), Mary has been mentored by medical experts from China, Taiwan, Europe and the Americas, and is skilled in all primary modalities of the field: acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal formulas, cupping, gua sha, tui na, and qi gong.  She has served as a complimentary medicine extern at NYU Lutheran Hospital’s Department of Labor & Delivery, where she gained additional insight on how Chinese medicine can support expectant and new mothers. Mary has a particular passion for postpartum care, and the need to protect the health of the whole family by caring for mothers first.

Mary’s goal is to offer a safe space for all her patients to listen to their bodies and to find their own best path to wellness.

Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Mary received a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Musicology.  She remains interested in traditions of resonance and how they might be used to treat chronic illness.  She is licensed in acupuncture by the State of New York and is recognized as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM.

Mary grew up outside of Boston, MA and now lives with her family in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Patricia Botet is a licensed Acupuncturist, NCCAOM board-certified herbalist, and certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist. She holds her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, a BS in Finance and International Business, and is the Clinic Director of our East Side location.

Dr. Botet has undergone a multitude of post-graduate studies in Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Physical Medicine and Neurology. She completed an intensive internal medicine externship at an integrated East/West hospital in Liaoning, China and is experienced in providing Acupuncture in hospitals throughout New York City. She has participated in research focusing on the effects of Acupuncture in stroke recovery at NYU Lutheran Medical Center conducted by Dr. Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, and at Montefiore Hospital treating chronic pain and osteoarthritis with Acupuncture and Acupuncture-related interventions. She is currently involved in a new pilot study involving the treatment of chronic pain patients with Acupuncture and yoga.

Patricia’s passion for Chinese medicine began 20 years ago when she discovered the benefits of Acupuncture with Chinese herbal and nutrition therapy. Her personal experience was the genesis for integrating her career in hospitality management with her healthcare profession. Through her extensive studies and practice, Patricia learned that the most profound improvements are made when the body, mind and spirit are in alignment. The focus of her treatments is to help individuals regain their sense of balance with themselves and their environment. Whether addressing physical injury or internal disharmony, Patricia provides individualized acupuncture and herbal treatments while also incorporating her advanced training in tui na medical massage, gua sha, integrative nutrition, and essential oils. In addition to her expertise in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, Patricia loves working with women’s health! She has worked with countless women to address their unique gynecological and reproductive issues, as well as helping them through the myriad of hormonal phases and changes throughout their lives.

When not treating patients, Patricia loves spending time in the beautiful mountains of upstate NY and cooking for friends and family! As the former Director of Food and Beverage for Canyon Ranch Miami Beach and Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach, she collaborates with a local NYC chef to prepare herbal bone stocks and medicinal soups made from local organic sources for her New York clientele. She also manages AcuSport Education, the top Sports Medicine Acupuncture certification program in the country. Patricia is super excited to join the Yinova Center team and share her unique experience and expertise.

Dr. Daryl Nicole Thuroff has spent almost two decades honing her skills as a health care facilitator and educator. She has a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, and is nationally certified as a Diplomat of Chinese Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Daryl’s goal is to facilitate healing based on individualized treatment for physical conditions along with emotional stressors. Treatments often include acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine combinations to ensure optimal results. The focus of her work has evolved into the emotional origins of pain, stress management, women’s health, fertility, and pediatrics.

Her massage work has grown into a patient-based blend of Eastern and Western modalities making her sessions the perfect accompaniment to any acupuncture appointment. She regularly incorporates Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point and Myofacial Release work. For Daryl, reducing everyday stress is a high priority and an important precursor to addressing additional musculoskeletal and emotional imbalance in the body. With attention to breathing and relaxation techniques, Daryl works to ensure that you are an integral part of your own healing process.

Daryl developed Yinova’s Reproductive Health Bodywork Program, alongside Yinova founder Jill Blakeway. This comprehensive approach to bodywork was designed to help our patients build a good reproductive foundation which can improve fertility and treat conditions such as irregular cycles, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, PCOS, endometriosis and more. Daryl has additional certifications in Pre/Postnatal massage.

Before moving to Yinova, Daryl held multiple positions at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan including Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Offsite Clinic Coordinator, Professor of both acupuncture and massage, and Clinic Supervisor.

Daryl has also participated in various clinical settings such as a National Institute of Health research study for chronic pain management (Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY), U.C. San Diego’s RIMAC center for student athletes and Seniors Clinic at Lutheran Church in San Diego. She does volunteer healing work in NYC community style treatment settings as well as internationally for the indigenous communities in Quiche, Guatemala and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

In her spare time, Daryl enjoys practicing Taekwondo, reading tarot cards and frequenting the beach with her rescue dog, Jake.

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