June News at Six Fishes


The big question on everyones lips is: What’s happening with Six Fishes Neighborhood Acupuncture?

So here’s the update:

The build out is nearly complete. I am simultaneously working on construction, décor, office software infrastructure, inventory, art, a new website and a new logo. It’s a lot of fun, a ton of work and, as all new undertakings are, just scary enough.

Perhaps most importantly, I have been building the team of acupuncturists who will be working along with me at the new Six Fishes location.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the two esteemed practitioners who are joining me in the practice.

Dr. Lynnae Schwartz, M.D., FAAP, M.Ac.

Lynnae Schwartz, M.D., MAc. is a board certified pediatrician and anesthesiologist with many years of academic medical center based clinical experience dedicated to the care of children and adolescents with complex medical conditions. Dr. Schwartz received her medical degree from Tufts Medical School (1977), followed by post-graduate training in pediatrics (Massachusetts General Hospital: 1977-1980), anesthesiology (New England Medical Center: 1980-1982) and pediatric anesthesia (Boston Children’s Hospital: 1982-1983). More recently, she completed mid-career neuroscience research training at the National Institutes of Health (2000-2007), and laboratory research that focused on mechanisms of inflammatory pain in HIV/AIDS. She continued that research from 2007 to 2013 as a research physician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Schwartz’s particular interest in treating children with complex chronic pain led to studies at the New England School of Acupuncture, where she earned her certificate (1993) and Master’s of Acupuncture degree (1996). This was, for her, very rewarding, and created the foundation for a more holistic, family-oriented approach to patient care delivered in the operating room, critical care unit and outpatient clinic.

With much enthusiasm, Dr. Schwartz will join the Six Fishes Healing Arts team, with a particular interest in providing acupuncture treatment to children, adolescents and other patients with neurological, musculoskeletal, and systemic inflammatory disorders, complex chronic pain, and pain related to neuroinflammation or trauma.

Dr. Schwartz will be practicing in acupuncture exclusively. It will not include the writing of prescriptions, vaccinations, or ordering laboratory or imaging tests. Patients needing these services will be referred to their primary care physician or pediatrician.

Rachel Wolf, L.OM. Dipl. OM.

Rachel Wolf is a licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified herbalist. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City with a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTOM), where she trained for four years in both acupuncture and Chinese herbs. She has trained with Claudia Citokvitz L.Ac. at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn in the labor and delivery department, where they use acupuncture for pain management. She is certified in Virginia Doran’s facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Further, she has a deep understanding of anatomical movement from years of dedicated yoga practice.

Rachel was raised in a family of medical professionals. Her mother’s focus was in mental health and her father’s was in physical health. Rachel’s interest in Chinese medicine was stimulated because of the connection it draws between the mental and physical aspects of being human, and the desire to help people achieve balance between the two. She felt Chinese Medicine was a uniting modality that weaves these different dimensions of human experience together.

Her treatments may consist of various techniques of acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, tuina, and nutritional advice. In addition to these hands-on modalities, she has a special interest in working with Chinese herbal remedies and food-therapy.

Rachel’s intention is to help her patients to be their best selves. She is a strong believer in the connection between mind and body, and loves being able to help with regards to both. As an attentive listener and a compassionate person, Rachel approaches her practice as well as her life with a sense of humor and an open mind. She is deeply honored to be a member of the Six Fishes team.

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