ZaKari LaPointe, M.Ac., R.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from Northwestern Health Sciences University (NHSU) in 2000, an institution internationally known as a pioneer in natural health care education and research. She is nationally certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, double majoring in psychology and American Indian Studies. Upon graduation from NHSU, she was hired by one of her previous professors, Lixin Qin (Traditional Chinese Medical, Doctor, China), and worked with her for two years at Twin City Acupuncture Center.
ZaKari moved to Florida in 2003 and worked for DACCO, one of the largest community-based providers of behavioral health services, where she managed the community acupuncture clinic for over five years, providing acupuncture for up to thirty to sixty clients a day, during this period she also received personal training from Dr. Li-Chuan Huang, who is world renowned as the master of Auricular Medicine, a form of medicine which utilizes acupuncture points on the ear. Auricular medicine can provide relief of chronic pain and can also treat asthma, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, depression, hypertension, tinnitus and other health conditions. Auricular treatments can include electrical stimulation, cold laser, massage, and seed therapy. She received her training from Dr. Huang at the Auricular Medicine International Research and Training Center in Orlando. ZaKari also became certified in acupuncture point injection from Dr. Shan Liang in Sarasota.
She recently completed the NAET certification course and is training with Dr. David Krofcheck. Ms. LaPointe is very committed to serve our community, providing both full body and auricular acupuncture. She also can provide other TCM modalities such as; cupping, and Tui-na (Chinese Medical Massage). She specializes is pain management, smoking and alcohol cessation, anxiety, depression, chronic conditions and women’s health. She enjoys sharing knowledge, partnering with her patients so they may take an active role in their health. Time proven Chinese Medicine offers safe and effective therapy for the treatment of good health for the entire family