Every member contributes to the vitality of the whole. Your participation gives to the group as the group nourishes your practice. In this way, we are in a reciprocal relationship with each other.
We are also graced with the participation of some great elders in our field who are moderating discussion forums, offering resources, mentoring, and teaching courses:
Andy Ellis, Nadine Zach, Eran Even, Caroline Radice, Toby Daly, Claudia Citkovitz, Nancy Lustgarten, Philip Suger, Brenda Hood, Keren Sela, Kumiko Shirai and many more…
White Pine Circle grew out of winter retreats, held by a group of East Asian Medicine practitioners. We met to eat, knit, hike, and cook while we pondered the question, “How can we support each other in our work with East Asian Medicine?” This group of women, the Medicine Women, is now the White Pine Circle Advisory Board.
Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983. She has studied many times in China with a focus on gynecology, obstetrics and, in the last 15 years, Classic Formulas. Sharon teaches internationally, publishes articles, translates much of her own course material and is the director of the clinic White Pine Healing Arts and the primary instructor of the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program.
Sarah E. Rivkin, MS, L.Ac, Dipl. OM Advisory board
Although the heart of her practice is women’s and children’s health, Sarah successfully treats a wide range of conditions. Her treatments go far beyond acupuncture, encompassing herbs, movement, massage, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling. She has completed extensive post-grad herbal training with Sharon Weizenbaum, Dr. Huang Huang, Feng Shilun as well as acupuncture training in Japanese acupuncture and Engaging Vitality.
In addition to more than thirteen years in private practice, Sarah is an experienced teacher, writer, and editor in the field of Traditional East Asian Medicine. She was on the faculty at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has served on the advisory board and as an editor for several publications including Easy Eats, The American Acupuncturist, the Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY), She lectures publicly on a variety of topics, including keeping healthy with Traditional East Asian Medicine, qi gong, and acupressure for infants. She is a TA for the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program.
I have been practicing acupuncture and East Asian Herbal Medicine since 1998. I graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in New York, after which I continued my education with many practitioners including Sharon Weizenbaum, Elaine Stern and Jeffrey Yuen. I am Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the NCCAOM. I trained at Lutheran Hospital (2007-08) in obstetrics, and subsequently became part of a study to reduce the number of miscarriages by using acupuncture during labor. I am a labor doula and a TA in the White PIne Graduate Mentorship Program.
Suzanne found her path to Chinese Medicine after having used acupuncture to recover from a chronic injury. After months of treatment, she found that not only could she live without pain, but that she felt better and stronger in almost every way. With a background in Chinese history and years of travel in China, Chinese Medicine fit into her worldview and became a life’s journey.
Suzanne graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine, completed the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program, where she is now a TA, and has been in private practice since then. Her goals are to provide a space for healing, relief from suffering of all forms, and help patients achieve their potential. Suzanne specializes in women’s health conditions and has dedicated much of her life to helping women through all of life’s transitions.
Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac. is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Acupuncture treatment for women during Labor and Delivery as well as patients recovering from Stroke.
Claudia Citkovitz began her Chinese Medicine studies in 1997, assisting in the practice of Tom Bisio while attending Pacific and Tri-State Colleges. She also studied at the Beijing Language and Cultural Institute in China, and through the White PIne Graduate Mentorship Program.
Maryanne is a New York native who is an alumnus of Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. She returned to New York in 1994 to teach at Pacific College. Her work has recently appeared in the book, Sand to Sky: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. She continued her studies in JiangXi, China and completed her Doctoral studies at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a specialty in geriatrics and women’s healthcare.
Maryanne maintains a practice in the flatiron district in NYC. She is part of the acupuncture service at Lutheran Hospital, providing both inpatient care and post -graduate training in hospital based acupuncture and is committed to the building of national and international service work through the Global Alternative Healthcare Project (GAHP).
Margaret trained at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, one of the nation’s oldest accredited colleges granting Masters Degrees in Chinese Medicine. She apprenticed with one of New York’s foremost experts in the field and continues to study and practice alongside the most respected names in the field.
She attends lectures and peer review groups, and studies independently to deepen her understanding of this amazing medicine. She’s deepened her practice with a two-year dermatology intensive with the globally recognized expert in the field as well as in the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program.
My path to becoming an acupuncturist started in a dance studio, where I spent hours as a kid and young adult using my body to invent new dances. Those hours led to many first-hand discoveries about the musculoskeletal system and how it worked.
To help me address those queries, I enrolled in a master’s degree program for Traditional Chinese Medicine. During my first semester, I got pregnant. By the time I was done with my schooling, I had given birth to both of my sons. So I was not surprised when most of my first acupuncture patients fell into two main camps: dancers seeking to keep their physical instrument finely tuned, and women seeking help navigating fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum issues. Sarah is a graduate of the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program.
Candace Jania is the owner and founder of the Acupuncture Center for Reproductive Health and the Acupuncture Center for Family Health. After receiving a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, she continued her studies with a post-graduate pre-med curriculum from Hunter College in NYC. She then attended the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for her training in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She also completed a two-year Graduate Mentorship Program with Herbal Master Sharon Weizenbaum.
Molly is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Vermont with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is also a certified Qigong instructor.
She is a past president of the Vermont Association of Acupuncture and through the association works to promote education for the public and encourage community among other acupuncturists. Molly is a graduate of the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program, where she is now the administrative assistant. She practices in Dorset, VT.
Sharon has been in clinical practice helping New Yorkers for more than 15 years. She specializes in fertility, perinatal and family healthcare, and all aspects of internal medicine. She has trained extensively with leading clinicians in the US and China, having graduated from the White Pine Graduate Mentorship Program and enjoys mentoring newer practitioners in the field.
In addition to her offerings rooted in classical Chinese medicine, Sharon takes a mindfulness approach with all of her patients and draws from her extensive background in botanical and nutritional supplementation, Buddhist meditation, doula care, martial arts, and yoga to provide a truly holistic approach to health and healing.
After receiving her B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Boston University in 1990, Caroline taught and traveled in Asia, exploring the philosophies of the East. She returned to San Francisco where she received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she had the great honor of training with Dr. Lifang Liang, a Chinese Gynecologist specializing in Obstetrics and Infertility. Dr. Liang is the renowned author of texts on Gynecology and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). Caroline also did post-graduate study in mainland China at the Nan Chang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and later completed her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City (now PCHS) where she is on the Faculty of the Department of Herbal Medicine. She has completed advanced training in Chinese Medical Dermatology with Dr Mazin Al-Khafaji and is listed on the International Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatology and is on the Board of the International Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology Association (ITCMDA). She completed advanced training with Sharon Weizenbaum in the two-year Graduate Mentorship Program, where she is a Teaching Assistant, and with Suzanne Robidoux in the 2-year Internship in the Feng-Shi Lun Jing Fang Herbal Medicine lineage. Caroline is also the co-founder and Vice President of a non-profit professional organization for practitioners of East Asian Herbal Medicine, the Shen Nong Society that sponsors an annual Conference for Herbalists in New York.
I’ve practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbology since 1997. I have substantial experience in treating women’s diseases, children, skin conditions, and painful conditions. While I am a general practitioner I have received advanced training in all of these areas. In addition to being a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist, I am a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Board certified in Acupuncture and in Chinese Herbology). In 2016 I completed my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.