3rd Annual White Coat Ceremony

March 21, 2015

Congratulations to NESA's newest Interns! 2015 marked the third annual celebration of the White Coat Ceremony. Members of the Class of 2016 received their White Coats on March 21, 2015 at a beautiful ceremony recognizing their transition from student to Intern. We are proud of all your accomplishments and look forward to seeing you in the NESA Teaching Clinic and satellite clinic!

The white coat ceremony is a common rite of passage marked by ceremony in many medical schools today. At NESA this includes a formal 'coating' of each new Intern and a reading of Sun Su Miao's Golden Principle.

This NESA community event marked the beginning passage from student to practitioner. Internship is not the final piece of training, rather a stepping stone to practice.

The program inspired the new Interns by speaking to the seriousness and responsibility of the new role of practitioner that will begin, but not end, with the hours spent Interning at the NESA Teaching Clinic and its satellite locations.

This ceremony was all the more meaningful in the presence of family and friends, future supervisors, and faculty and staff who continue to help the new Interns navigate through their education at NESA.

Graduates’ Reception & Commencement August 22 & 23, 2014

June 25, 2014


Graduate's Reception

Friday, August 22, 2014 4:30 - 6:30

The Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff  invite you and your family to join us the night before graduation for the Graduate's Reception, Friday, August 22 from 4:30-6:30 here on campus.  All of NESA will be open so that you can give your family and friends a tour and show them where you have been spending your time. Then join us on the third floor for a cocktail party as we celebrate all of your accomplishments.

Looking for more places to celebrate?

For hotels and restaurants around the area look to the links below.

Directions to our Newton campus can be found here:



Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:00 a.m.
(Doors at 9:30)

Join NESA in celebrating the accomplishments of the Graduating Class of 2014! 

The ceremony will be held at Bentley University, Lindsay Hall Auditorium, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA  02452. There is plenty of parking on campus. Handicap accessible parking is also available.

You can find a campus map here:

Bentley Campus

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. 

All Graduates will be dressing in Adamian Academic Center, number 56 on the above map. Please arrive between 10:00 and 10:15 a.m. (Class photo to be taken at 10:30 a.m.)

Students graduating can now pick up invitations at the front desk. Each student can take up to 5 invitations to mail out to guests. The number of guests are not limited to the number of invitations, however. There is no limit to the number of guests each student can have. 

NESA Research Department Selected to Present at International Conferences

April 1, 2014

NESA is proud to announce that both Lisa Conboy and Kai Yin Hsu of the research department are presenting work at multiple national and international conferences this Spring.  Dr. Conboy is sharing different aspects of our recently completed Acupuncture in 

the Treatment of Gulf War Illness at three conferences: 

1. the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in Savannah, Georgia in March.

 2. International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Miami, Florida in May.

3. Society for Acupuncture Research in Beijing, China in May.  Research Associate Kai Yin Hsu’s work examining the work done in the NESA clinics will be presented at both the Miami and Beijing conferences. It is a great honor to exhibit research at any of these conferences. It is an even bigger honor to be selected to present and speak to all attendees. 

Other analyses of acupuncture research will also be offered by Dr. Conboy, totaling 7 presentations across the three venues. NESA is proud of the hard work and dedication of the research department. It is most gratifying to have this work acknowledged by peers in the acupuncture and TCM community and beyond. 


Chinese New Year 2014 & NESA Community Awards

January 29, 2014

The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) celebrated Chinese New Year, Wednesday, January 29. 2014 marks the year of the wood horse- bringing fast victories and unexpected adventure.

The NESA community came together to recognize those who contribute greatly to our institution and whose work made (and continue to make) a difference throughout 2013. Suzahne Riendeau was awarded the NESA Faculty Member Community Award. Nate Langford received the NESA Staff Member Community Award. The 1st Year NESA Student Community Award went to James Lovinsky. Susan Neary accepted the 2nd Year NESA Student Community Award and the 3rd Year NESA Student Community Award was given to Lauren Gordon-Fahn. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your continued contributions to the New England School of Acupuncture! 

In addition we would like to acknowledge and commend all those who were nominated: Winnie Chow, Valerie Smith, Anastasia Hall, Robin Sessa, Maria Broderick, Cid Tamagno, Liz Anaya, Emilie Gerber, Julia Mabuchi, Sharon Stratis, Will Cribby, Susan Ros, Chris Tadeau, Alexis Frobin, Suzanna Bliss, Rachel Gorman, Hugh Turcotte, Ali Mersereau, Meghan McGonagle, Raffaella Pasquale, Mary Maresca, and Katie Murphy.

New satellite clinic with the Boston VA

November 15, 2013

NESA establishes our first clinical affiliation with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

NESA has exciting news to report regarding a new satellite clinic expected to open in January 2014 at the Boston VA Hospital in Jamaica Plain. We are proud to announce our first clinical affiliation with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, following a collaboration of more than two years with the Department of Anesthesiology and a pain clinic at this facility that formerly provided medical acupuncture. NESA faculty member John Coville will teach the clinic. To our knowledge, he is the first licensed acupuncturist to be hired as an employee and credentialed in the VA solely as an acupuncturist. NESA strongly supports access to acupuncture for veterans and hopes this clinic will help expand opportunities at additional facilities within the VA system.

Alumni Weekend 2013

October 4, 2013

Warm smiles and hugs greeted the 100 + alumni who ventured to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2013.  Friends old and new returned for a fabulous evening of alumni awards and educational workshops.

For those of you who joined us – Thank you for being such terrific guests.  Your positive energy, enthusiasm and participation in our events is greatly appreciated.  NESA would not be here without your contribution and involvement.

This year NESA recognized the hard work and dedication of three well-deserving alumni.  

The Alumni Award Winners of 2013 were:

Alumni Community Advocacy Award
Recipient: Kristen Porter ‘94

Alumni Leadership Award
Recipient:  David Sollars ‘00

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient:  Diane Iuliano ‘92

To read their full biographies follow this link


Please save the date for next year’s Alumni Weekend, 2014 now scheduled for October 17 & 18, 2014.  Class years ending in “4” and “9” will have special anniversary celebrations.  In the meantime please stay connected to your NESA Community by visiting us often. 

Use #NESAReunion to chat with your classmates and NESA about your Alumni Weekend experience!

Thanks again and see you real soon!


Commencement 2013

August 17, 2013

Congratulations to the Class of 2013! All your hard work was worth it. We look forward to what the future holds for all of you! 

On Saturday, August 17, 2013 the New England School of Acupuncture held Commencement for the Class of 2013. It was a beautiful and memorable day. Over 50 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. It was a packed house with over 300 people in the auditorium supporting the new graduates. 

7 NBC/Boston Medical Center Health & Fitness Expo

July 3, 2013

NESA attends the 7 NBC/Boston Medical Center Health & Fitness Expo!

NESA was prominently displayed at Boston Medical Center’s Integrative Medicine booth.  At this exhibit, attendees could learn more about integrative medicine and how it combines the best of conventional medicine with safe effective evidence-based complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga.  Attendees enjoyed seated chair massages and introductory acupuncture treatments.  

NESA’s faculty, staff and students shared information about NESA and its Teaching Clinic.  NESA provided ear acupuncture treatments this past Sunday for over 120 attendees – WOW! Nearly 400 Clinic brochures were handed out.  The Expo proved to be a great forum to spread the word about NESA and the Clinic. NESA looks forward to next year’s Expo!

Shakuju 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

March 22, 2013

On Friday March 22, 2013 the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) proudly celebrated the tenth anniversary of Shakuju classes taught by founder Shoji Kobayashi, LAc and NESA’s own Diane Iuliano, LicAc. Over the course of one weekend students were offered beginner and advanced Shakuju Therapy courses. Students were taught fundamental techniques and diagnostic skills. The NESA community held a reception celebrating this remarkable milestone after the end of day two. JAS faculty were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the curriculum. President Susan L. Gorman presented gifts to Mr. Kobayashi and all eleven of his colleagues. It was a wonderful evening of celebration and gratitude.

NESA Alumni Featured in Acupuncture Today

January 10, 2013

NESA Alumni Mike Arsenault '99 was featured in an Acupuncture Today article about the success of his practice and the development of his Emily Skin Soothers brand of topical herbal products.  He talks about how NESA's herbal program taught him the formulas that got him started.

Click here to read the article.

Gulf War Illness Study Interview

December 13, 2012

Here is a link to a video the US Department of Defense made featuring NESA's Lisa Conboy, Director of Research and Chair of Western Biomedicine Department, and Meredith St. John, Vice President and Academic Dean, about NESA's study of acupuncture on Gulf war Illness.

NESA’s First Alumni Weekend

November 14, 2012

Thank you so much for everyone who came to NESA’s First Annual Alumni Weekend!

Your support made Friday’s Kick-Off and Award’s Dinner memorable and the Weekend’s Lectures interactive and dynamic.  We are already looking forward to next year!

NESA Alum Weihui Li (’11) Funded to Study Hemodynamics of Acupuncture Manipulations

November 1, 2012

Weihui Li (’11) has received a grant from a private foundation to conduct measurements of traditional acupuncture techniques, “Burning Fire” and “Penetrating Cool.” According to acupuncture theory, these techniques for tonification and dispersion contribute significantly to the effectiveness of acupuncture; and patients often report confirmation of the appropriate sensation of warmth or coolness. The underlying mechanism may involve mechanoelectrical coupling between collagen piezoelectricity (electricity resulting from pressure) and electrophysiological response of the vascular bed. Weihui and her team will conduct experiments at NESA, using NESA students as subjects, in which the axial (in and out) motion and force of acupuncture manipulations, local and distal temperature and microvascular/macrovascular blood perfusion of local dermal tissue are recorded. She hypothesizes that “Burning Fire” is associated with greater local blood perfusion, higher local body temperature and larger peripheral blood volume compared to “Penetrating Cool” in within-subject repeated measurements. NESA has hosted previous experiments with the Acusensor technology used in this study, a device manufactured by Stromatec, Inc. of Burlington, VT that measures aspects of needling technique. Since graduating in 2011, Weihui has worked with Dr. Andrew Ahn at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. Weihui also plans a private practice in Natick.


NESA in the Top 3 of US Acupuncture Schools

September 25, 2012

NESA was named in the top 3 out of over 60 acupuncture schools in the United States.  Click here to read more.

2012 NESA Alumni Weekend - October 19-21

August 28, 2012

Join us for this Weekend of Reconnection!  October 19-21

Reconnect with your fellow alumni at the Friday Night Kick-off and Awards Dinner at the beautiful Boston College Club in downtown Boston.

Attend an exciting weekend of free lectures planned for you.  Guest speakers include:
Casey Truffo, author of Be a Wealthy Therapist;
Jeffrey Grossman, Founder of Acupuncture Media Works;
and Jill Shah, Founder & CEO of Jill's List. 

We hope to see you there!

Congratulation Class of 2012!

August 17, 2012

NESA graduated the Class of 2012 on August 17th.  

We wish them the best of luck in all of their endevours and we hope they come back soon to visit!

Dry Needling Update

July 24, 2012

We have GOOD NEWS!  This morning as a result of our efforts to oppose dry needling by physical therapists in Massachusetts, the Dry needling vote has been DROPPED from the agenda of the Board of Allied Health Professionals meeting for Thursday July 26, 2012.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the campaign to call and write the Allied Health Board, local legislators and officials!

However, this issue isn't finished.  We still need to engage the Board of Allied Health Professionals into a dialogue about what acupuncture is and who should practice it.  Therefore, we ask that you still please join NESA President Sue Gorman in attending the meeting to maintain pressure on this important topic.   Details of the meeting are below:

Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals
Thursday July 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM 
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710 Boston, MA. 

For directions and parking visit:

NESA is organizing rides and car-pooling.  If you wish to commute with us, please arrive at NESA no later than 7:30 am on that morning.
Please contact to offer rides or to sign-up for one.

Oldest School of Acupuncture in United States Inaugurates Sixth President

June 8, 2012

Newton, MA - In a ceremony full of old and new traditions, Susan L. Gorman was sworn in as the sixth president of New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) on Sunday, June 3, 2012. The Inauguration and Investiture ceremony began at 3 p.m. in Lindsay Hall on Bentley University’s campus and included a formal procession of trustees, distinguished guests, and faculty, with a reception following the ceremony.

“Embracing the Past; Inspiring the Future”

In her Inaugural address, President Gorman celebrated the past achievements of the school while laying out her vision.

“Our past has been exhilarating, meaningful, and momentous, but it is, nonetheless, our past.   Today belongs to the present and the future.  The question remains “What are we going to do in our time?”  “Where will NESA be in 10, 20, 30 years?”, and “How can We Inspire the Future?””

President Gorman identified the theme of her Presidency –“Building Bridges”.   Core to the theme is innovation – bridging traditional practices with new techniques and ideas.  As the oldest acupuncture school in the United States located near bustling medical facilities, NESA must continue to be the leader in both education and research. In order to retain our leadership, NESA will pursue regional accreditation and doctoral programs. 

NESA will build upon existing relationships with healthcare practitioners and providers to develop innovative partnerships and help educate the community as to the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“I want to continue to help educate biomedical providers on the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  There is a shift going on already; just this week I had two different conversations with friends who had a primary care doctor recommend acupuncture.” 

Many don’t realize that acupuncturists must complete a Master’s degree, over 3,000 hours of study including 600 hours of clinical practice in order to sit for the national exam to become licensed.

Finally President Gorman showed a picture of a potential future campus for NESA.  The vision is for NESA to serve more students with more services and offer a larger clinic.

While noting that her vision is both ambitious and difficult, President Gorman stated that it was the right thing for NESA to do.

“We’ve got what we need.  With the right vision and the right people we can determine our future.  We have passion, focus, creativity, and drive.  We only need a collective vision and the collective commitment to see that vision realized.”
“It’s our time now.”

President Gorman closed with asking the audience to try acupuncture if they hadn’t already and to advocate for the profession.

About New England School of Acupuncture

New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) was founded in 1975 by Dr. James Tin Yau So – one of the most influential figures in American acupuncture – along with several of his students.  Beginning as a one-year diploma program, NESA has flourished into an institution with two masters degree programs, a renowned Research Department, six satellite clinics and affiliations with many well-known biomedical institutions.

The oldest school of acupuncture in the United States, NESA has over 1,600 alumni.  With 200 students enrolled, the school offers training in Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, plus a program in pain, research, education, and policy with Tufts University School of Medicine.  Continuing Education makes available additional certificate programs, post-graduate programs and opportunities to learn from highly-accomplished practitioners.   

For more information, please contact: Kristin Greene at

NESA Welcomes Ted Kaptchuk for an Alumni Event

May 10, 2012

We were thrilled to offer our first Connections ~ Bringing Alumni Together event the morning of April 3 here at NESA.

With alumni from the class of 1977 through the current graduating class networking throughout the morning, the highlight of the event was a captivating and engaging dialogue with acupuncture and Oriental medicine luminary Ted Kaptchuk. In this truly inspiring discourse, alumni benefitted from Kaptchuk’s unparalleled experience and leadership in the evolution of acupuncture and OM in the West.

NESA Board Names Susan L. Gorman New President

March 6, 2012

New England School of Acupuncture
Announces New President

NEWTON, MA (March 6, 2012) New England School of Acupuncture (, the nation’s first institution of higher education for Traditional Chinese Medicine (both acupuncture and herbal medicine), is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Susan L. Gorman as its next president. 

“NESA’s board is confident that Sue’s experience in running an educational institution and her extensive business background, as well as her energy and vision will help lead NESA at this time,” says Laura R. Studen, Esq., Chair of the Board of Trustees of NESA.  “After an independent assessment of the school's needs by higher education consultants Mitchell Thiede & Partners, LLC we realized that Sue has the exact leadership skills necessary for NESA.”

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics have documented a dramatic rise in the number of adults visiting acupuncturists, increasing 32% between 2002 and 2007 (  NESA has also experienced increased interest in both its masters programs and its acupuncture clinic and herbal dispensary in Newton, MA.  Ms. Gorman comments, “I am excited to offer a vision for NESA that creates new opportunities to meet the growing needs of a population that is just discovering the efficacy of acupuncture.”

Ms. Gorman has held leadership positions at NESA since 2009 when she was hired as Executive Dean & Chief Operating Officer.  In November of 2011 she was appointed Interim President.  Previously she was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the Catherine Hinds Companies, the leading accredited school of esthetics in New England. She has also held senior management positions at Atlantic Data Services, Inc. and Systems Engineering, Inc. Sue has a passionate commitment to the local community and sits on the boards of Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Financial Executives International, and the Bentley Executive Club.  Originally from Lynn, MA, Sue holds a BS from Bentley University and an MBA from Suffolk University.

Founded in 1975, the New England School of Acupuncture ( is the nation’s oldest acupuncture school. Located at 150 California Street, Newton, MA, NESA offers masters degree programs in acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as well as a joint masters with Tufts University School of Medicine in Pain Research, Education and Policy. NESA is recognized for its academically rigorous programs, modern clinical and herbal dispensary facilities, and federally funded research.

Research Department’s Gulf War Illness Paper Published

March 1, 2012

The Research Department is proud to announce the publication of its first paper on Gulf War Illness: The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Illness

Co-authored by Lisa Conboy, Meredith St. John and Rosa Schnyer, the paper describes the ongoing study, including methodology.  This study is funded by the Department of Defense grant.  The study is still recruiting veterans.

Full text can be found here:

Acupuncture for Veterans

November 21, 2011

Were you deployed to the Gulf Theater of Operations?

Do you have extreme fatigue, mood disturbances and joint and muscle pain?

Did your service include deployment to the "Gulf Theater of Operations" between August 1990 and December 1992?

(Includes Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above all of these locations)

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study on Gulf War Illness (GWI). New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) is looking for volunteers to participate in a study on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of GWI. In exchange for your participation you will receive free acupuncture treatments and a small payment. If you are interested in learning more about this study and to see if you qualify, please contact NESA at 617-558-1788 x269.

This study is part of a research program funded by the Department of Defense.

Dr. So’s 100th Birthday

August 1, 2011

This year has proven to be a busy one here at NESA. In July, we celebrated the 100th birthday of NESA's founder, Dr. James Tin Yau So. Mrs. Isabel So gave a heartfelt speech about her late husband's incredible sense of humor, zeal for teaching, and compassion for his patients. Many of Dr. So's students spoke about the fond memories they had of their beloved teacher and many schools from around the world sent acknowledgements of Dr. So's accomplishments in America.   It was truly a special afternoon!