Melissa Maki, LAc, AP
Melissa Maki was born & raised in Ithaca, NY. Melissa attended SUNY Plattsburgh, NY and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1994. Her first Master’s degree came from Syracuse University, NY in Marriage & Family Therapy in 1998. She worked for the Counseling Service in Addison County based in Middlebury, VT for 12 years in the roles of a clinician for the Emergency Team for children& families, an Adult & Youth outpatient clinician, a School-Based clinician for Middlebury High School, and a clinic supervisor.
Melissa received a second Master’s degree from The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in September 2012. She also received a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Studies in July 2013. The acupuncture and herbal studies program is a four year program that is 155 credit hours that encompasses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and biomedical sciences. The fourth year is spent in the classroom and the on-site clinic where 180 direct treatment hours were completed. After completion of this program four national exams are taken which focus on theory, acupuncture point location & usage, Western biomedicine, and herbs. Upon completion of these exams a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine is issued by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
Melissa’s favorite thing to do when she’s not working is to hike in the beautiful ADK’s with her partner & three shitzu’s. She also loves to cook and enjoys learning about new recipes from clients!
Melissa accepts BCBS Excellus Insurance. If your insurance covers acupuncture treatment please speak with Melissa about the option of a super-bill.
- Herbal Medicine
- Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
Acupuncture Acupuncture is the oldest professional and continually practiced medicine in the world, stemming back over 2,500 years. It involves stimulating energy meridians in the body using small needles the size of a human hair in order to heal the root causes of a disease. Symptoms of energy imbalances often start with subtle signs like poor sleep, general fatigue, or aches and pains that don’t go away or keep reoccurring. Acupuncture can be used proactively to keep your energy balanced in order to achieve optimum health. Both the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have endorsed acupuncture for a variety of physical and mental conditions.
Cosmetic Acupuncture (Facial & Neck Rejuvenation) Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture gained recognition and acclaim in the June 2010 issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine.” It is a style of acupuncture developed by Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. that has been shown to alleviate wrinkles by toning and firming skin through the use of specific acupuncture points. This technique increases blood flow to the face, relaxes facial muscles, and potentially stimulates the production of collagen and elastin (structural proteins in the body that provide structure and firmness to tissue). In addition to treating the skin and face specifically, Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture also utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat underlying internal conditions that may be increasing damage to the skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophizes that internal imbalances can affect us externally. Therefore, it is imperative to treat the internal imbalances as well as external signs of aging to reach optimal results of beauty and well-being. Cosmetic acupuncture is an all-natural, non-surgical approach to beauty. Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture also has a stomach protocol. Used for either supporting fertility or as an assist in weight loss.
Herbal Medicine- Chinese herbs can be a wonderful supplement to acupuncture treatment or as an individual treatment. Herbal formulas are used for many health issues including prevention of the common cold/flu, allergies, diabetes, premenopausal and menopausal symptoms, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and recovering from chemo/radiation. Patent formulas are available in the office and can be customized to fit clients’ specific needs.