NESA serves the public by offering accessible acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment at the NESA Clinic and at satellite locations in the Greater Boston area.
NESA satellite locations treat a variety of populations, including: those with substance abuse issues, the elderly and chronically ill, recent immigrants, adolescent and pediatric populations, the homeless and the socio-economically disadvantaged. There are also several clinics in Western medical settings where interns work closely with Western medical residents. Most of NESA's satellite clinics offer services at a reduced rate, on a sliding scale or completely free of charge, providing patients with affordable access to quality care.
Satellite clinics provide interns with opportunities to educate the public and other health care providers about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, it allows NESA and its students to reach out and provide care to patients not normally afforded acupuncture and Chinese herbal medical care. These experiences help interns prepare to open their own clinical practices or join an integrated team in traditional Western medical settings.
Several of these locations are open to the public. For more information about any of these please contact the NESA Clinic at (617) 558-6372. A complete listing of NESA's satellite clinical opportunities is found below.
Boston Medical Center
Integrative Medicine Service, Department of Family Medicine
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center, 2nd Floor
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118 - (617) 638-8000
Boston Medical Center (BMC), a teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, is the largest safety net hospital in Boston; with its network of community health centers, it serves more than a quarter million people annually regardless of ability to pay. In the busy clinics of BMC, NESA student interns encounter a rich diversity of ethnicities and cultures; the patients represent more than fifty countries. NESA students work alongside biomedical providers, contribute to electronic medical records, and represent the acupuncture profession to their colleagues in medicine. The innovative collaboration between NESA and BMC dates from 2004. Appointments are available only to current patients of BMC. This clinic is not open to the public.
Cambridge Health Alliance
Family Medicine Center
Malden, MA 02148 - (781) 338-0500
This state-of-the-art ambulatory care center is staffed through the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency to provide primary care, as well as women’s health and pregnancy care, and a variety of diagnostic services. In a neighborhood characterized by cultural diversity, the center is expert in culturally competent care. This site provides a valuable opportunity for NESA students to practice acupuncture in an Integrative Medical setting. NESA affiliated with the center in 2003. Acupuncture appointments are available to the public on a fee for service basis at low cost. This clinic is open to the public.
- Wednesday: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
- Thursday: 8:00am-1:00pm (Family Medicine)
Elder Service Plan of the North Shore
20 School Street
Lynn MA 01902 - (781) 715-2390
Elder Service plan of the North Shore is a non-profit organization based on the innovative PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) model of care that enables eligible seniors to remain in their own homes rather than being placed in long term care facilities. This agency provides a comprehensive range of preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services through a cost-effective, capitated funding model. An interdisciplinary team that includes primary care, nursing, physical therapy, social services, and acupuncture aims to keep members healthy and functioning successfully at home. NESA is proud to provide student interns an opportunity to participate in community-based care for elders in this setting, having established the affiliation since 2002. Appointments are only available to members of the PACE program. This clinic is not open to the public.
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
170 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 - (617) 522-8110
The Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a teaching facility of Tufts University School of Medicine, provides both in- and out-patient services in the vibrant Jamaica Plain community. Shattuck is known for its psychiatric care, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, for challenging patients requiring multi-disciplinary treatment and support.
Founded with a deep commitment to public health, Shattuck provides access to high quality care for underserved patient populations. NESA shares the Shattuck’s mission to serve public health and affiliated with the hospital in the 1980’s and again since 2005. This clinic is not open to the public.
Pathways to Wellness Health Resource Network
1601 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118 - (617) 859-3036
Pathways to Wellness, Inc. is a nonprofit provider of high quality holistic medical care, located in Boston’s South End. Founded as the Aids Care Project, the center is nationally known for its clinical care, research, and advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT community. Since its inception with the help of NESA faculty, alumni, and friends, Pathways and NESA have collaborated in offering acupuncture services and training, including student internships since 2001. Low and no-cost care is available for acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. This clinic is open to the public.
- Monday, Thursday & Friday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Winchester Family Medical Center
500 Salem Street, Route 62
Wilmington, MA - (978) 657-3910
Winchester Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital, serving Boston’s northwest suburbs in multiple locations, including the Winchester Family Medical Center in Wilmington. NESA affiliated with the facility in 2002, providing acupuncture to the public on a fee for service basis at low cost. This clinic is open to the public.
- Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm