Beth Ann Schmitt, M.Ac; Lic.Ac.

                ●  Traditional Chinese Medicine

                ●  Japanese Style Acupuncture


Introducing Beth Ann Schmitt

Beth Ann Schmitt, Master of Acupuncture, is a 2009 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, Massachusetts.

Having received her license to practice acupuncture in New Hampshire she has joined the staff of Gentle Currents Acupuncture Clinic. We’re glad to have this opportunity to introduce her.

Beth Ann’s Master’s degree is a dual degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese-style Acupuncture. Recently, she sat down with David Phreaner, co-founder of Gentle Currents Wellness Center (and Lisa Rothermich's husband) for an interview. Here is that interview, lightly edited.

Interview with Beth Ann Schmitt

David: Let's plunge right in. Your degree includes Japanese Acupuncture as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine. What’s the difference, especially as far as patients are concerned?

Beth Ann: Japanese Acupuncture is based on the same approach as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of the points are a little altered. Otherwise, the theory is basically the same. The difference is that in Japanese Acupuncture we use a “root treatment”. To develop a root treatment I look at symptoms, feel the person’s pulse and do abdominal palpation. The use of abdominal palpation is one of the main differences. From these I get an overall sense of the chi in the body. With root treatments there are certain patterns that we find.

What I like about Japanese Acupuncture is its simple and elegant approach. It is simple, yet very powerful in its ability to affect healing. I also like to use Japanese Acupuncture with people who are afraid of needles. In general, Japanese Acupuncture tends to use fewer needles than Traditional Chinese Medicine. For people who have some fear of needles Japanese Acupuncture is a good first approach. And Japanese style needles tend to be even thinner than Chinese style needles.

David: Beth Ann, I think people, especially individuals who are new to acupuncture, wonder how someone decides to become an acupuncturist. Can you tell us how you first became acquainted with acupuncture?

Beth Ann: I first became interested in acupuncture after being a patient myself. I was suffering from work-related stress. The first treatment was effective and transformative. I became fascinated. I began reading up on it. I asked my acupuncturist all sorts of questions. I never thought I’d become an acupuncturist, but I had a natural curiosity about it.

Then I started reading everything I could about alternative health care and wellness. Actually, like lots of people before I began to experience acupuncture’s effectiveness, I was skeptical: “Is this really going to work?”

Even today as a practitioner, while I am no longer skeptical – I know it works – I still have that same sense of curiosity and amazement about how it works.

David: You used the word “transformative,” can you say a little more about that?

Beth Ann: As I said, I was suffering from stress. It manifested in different ways, none of them pleasant. Finally my doctor indicated that there was no more to do in terms of western medicine. Rather than prescribing pills he suggested to me that I “try the acupuncturist down the hall.”

I did. I was stressed. My energy was blocked. And it was strange but I could feel the energy, the chi [or “Qi”] the very first time. “Wow! What is happening?” I wondered. It was a surreal experience. Something was lifting up and out of me.

I explained my experience to the acupuncturist after the treatment. She was not surprised by the fact that I experienced what I did. She was surprised at the way I articulated it.

Thinking back, I have always been in tune with my own body. And this helps me know what patients are going through.

David: Before you became an acupuncturist you worked in the field of education for ten years...

Beth Ann: Yes, my first Master’s degree was in education. I worked primarily developing educational programs for museums. With acupuncture, I’m educating people about their body and health. And I’m empowering them. I’m using my training in the field of education as well as my acupuncture training.

I get energized by patients who want to be in a reciprocal relationship. I hope that I can help show someone how to be healthy. One of the keys to acupuncture is to find the patterns of disease and to treat them using acupuncture techniques. At the same time part of the work is to help individual see the patterns in their lives that are leading them towards health problems and to try to shift those patterns. That's where my education background may be especially useful.

David: Thank you, Beth Ann.

There is more to this interview and we will post it on the website or in an email newsletter. For now, we want to say how pleased we are that Beth Ann is joining Gentle Currents.

Open for Appointments

So... If you are considering acupuncture or know someone who is, call the office (603-436-6883) to schedule an appointment with Beth Ann. If you or someone you know is interested in Japanese-style acupuncture, call her at Gentle Currents.   She has appointment times available during the day and in the evening -- though call early for evening appointments, as they tend to book quickly. And, like Lisa, Beth Ann is glad to talk with you about any concerns or questions you may have about acupuncture.