Leah earned a Doctorate in Acupuncture from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture. Prior to studying acupuncture, Leah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Child Development and a minor in accounting.
Throughout Leah’s undergraduate studies, she participated in several research projects on various topics relating to psychology, including cross-cultural counseling, the psychological effects of support systems on depression, and women’s health.
Leah’s areas of interest include helping those dealing with depression and anxiety, particularly panic disorder. At the New England School of Acupuncture, Leah also focused on acupuncture for fertility, menstrual issues, and pregnancy-related symptoms.
Dmitry might very well be one of the last surviving Samurai. Born in a tiny village in Eastern Europe, he quickly escaped his captivity, opting instead to be raised by wolves on the left side of the Atlantic.
After encountering a fallen star, celestial forces brought him to Cortiva Massage School – a profoundly magical place where Dmitry met and was inspired by wise ones who had been successful in their search for truth. He simply HAD to learn their ways, and learn he did…
His apprenticeship completed, Dmitry was blessed (with a diploma) by Karis-San and Coffey-San, and has been shaping the lives and minds (not to mention the muscles and fascias) of numerous people ever since.
Ashley holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture. She is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the Board of Medicine to practice in MA. Her education also encompassed training in various forms of energy work including Tui na, Sotai, and certifications in Reiki and Tong Ren Therapy.
She has practiced at Boston Medical Center, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and Malden hospital. In the course of her practice Ashley has learned to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine, believing that any disharmony within the body is best treated through an all encompassing approach to wellness.
Manuela is a Licensed Acupuncturist with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and holds Diplomate status with NCCAOM. She graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology from U. Mass, Boston in 2008. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree through a 4 year program in Chinese & Japanese Acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture in 2012.
Manuela has been practicing acupuncture for over 7 years. Shortly after graduating from NESA, she practiced at Healthworks Fitness in Chestnut Hill, and Renew Bodywork Center for Wellness in Watertown. She then ran a private practice in Arlington and Belmont for 2 years. In addition, she has worked as a teaching assistant at NESA, instructing first year students on needling techniques and other tools used during treatments.
Manuela decided to study acupuncture after receiving treatments herself and falling in love with this time-tested, ancient medicine. She was discouraged with the options Western medicine had to offer for her menstrual and digestive issues and wanted to explore a more holistic approach. After receiving a series of treatments, she was thrilled to find out how much acupuncture helped with not only the two issues she was getting treatment for, but so much more. Two added benefits were that her anxiety went down and her sleep and energy improved.
Manuela’s healing philosophy is rooted in her passion for a holistic approach to wellness. She believes everyone’s body is unique, beautiful, deeply inter-connected and has an innate ability to heal itself given the right tools. She works with her clients to help them restore their body’s natural balance with regular acupuncture treatments and personalized lifestyle recommendations that focus on food as medicine and healthy living. Manuela was trained to be a generalist and is able to treat a broad range of conditions. However, over the last few years, she has had success specializing in digestive issues, low energy, headaches/migraines, sleep issues, and women’s health and fertility.
Manuela spent her childhood in France and Venezuela and has lived in the Boston area for almost 20 years. She loves the outdoors, cooking and eating well, and going on adventures with her husband and son.
I have been a patient of Leah’s for almost a year. When I first saw her, I had never had acupuncture and was quite afraid of needles! She set my mind at ease and was very gentle. It made all the difference. With the right practitioner, it’s actually an enjoyable experience… and it WORKS! While I was skeptical at first, I kept coming back weekly.
Vivian S., Yelp
Point and Balance Acupuncture is the absolute best! Leah is warm, inviting, and extremely knowledgable. After my 1st visit I was hooked! It is a one stop shop for both mind and body healing. The office is tranquil and very clean, and Leah offers flexible hours that can accommodate and schedule. I recommend point and balance to all my friends and family!
Katelyn L., Facebook
I have been going to Leah for acupuncture on and off for over a year now. She is not the first acupuncturist I have seen, as a matter of fact I think I have been to around 10. I wouldn’t even consider switching and ended up working around her schedule which I don’t really do for many people.
Arthur D., Yelp
Point and Balance allowed me to get rid of heart medication for palpitations and help me be healthy and not have any asthma symptoms for 4 years. It is unbelievably healing!
Claudia R., Facebook
The entire team at Point and Balance Acupuncture is the best! I cannot recommend them enough.
Greg S., Facebook
I have been to other acupuncture places before but nothing compares to Point and Balance! Leah has helped me immensely with getting my health back on track. She is personable and truly listens to what the patient needs and takes the care to treat them accordingly! She will always make the time to see me no matter what day or time, even after hours when it is an emergency! Leah is simply the best!
Meghan Q., Facebook
I had never tried acupuncture before and I was lucky enough to find Leah through a referral from one of her happy clients. Leah was very warm and compassionate who listened to all my concerns and expectations. She explained the process and thoroughly discussed her plans with me. Thank you, Leah!
Sruti K., Facebook
One appointment is all you need to become a believer at Point and Balance Acupuncture. After my first visit, my years of built up aches and pains from avid running seemed to disappear. I also regained mobility I hadn’t even realized I lost. Leah is warm, smart, and effective. She takes a detailed health background and checks in with you every visit on things you had forgotten you told her. The atmosphere is inviting and judgement free.
Andy L., Yelp
I was really really skeptical of trying acupuncture, but Leah and Ashley have been great. My quality of life has greatly improved in the few months that I’ve been going to Point and Balance. When I decided to try acupuncture, I was expecting to have to fight my way through some weird mysticism and defend my medical choices. I was wrong. Leah and Ashley are totally happy to complement your other treatment methods. And if I came in with a broken bone or some distressing symptoms, they’d send me to the ER.