Compassionate Alternative Medicine Associates
2023 Business Hours in Chestnut Hill

*We are always booking FREE new patient consultations over zoom.  Simply call.

Day                Time                        Staff                                 Therapy

Mon     5-8pm                          Elise Rivers                     Acupuncture 
Wed    2-5pm                           Elise Rivers                      Acupuncture
Thu      11:30am-2:30pm   Elise Rivers                      Acupuncture

Thu      9am-1pm                   Lottie Appel                     Massage 

Plant-Based Consults with Elise Rivers & Kirsten Puskar via Zoom Upon Request


CLOSED Tuesday, Friday-Sunday

 You can schedule an appointment online with any of our practitioners.

Please call 215-266-5757 for same day appointments.

Compassionate Alternative Medicine Associates sponsors these events to create community and an appreciation of our unique neighborhood. It is a shared experience of the history and beauty of our built environment.

Take a Walking Tour of Tourison 
An Architectural History of East Mt Airy

May 18th, 2024 10am-12:30pm

Ashton Tourison, Sr. was a Mt. Airy resident and real estate developer who constructed his own unique home on Ardleigh Street. In c. 1904, he set his sights on developing Sedgwick Farms, a large section of East Mt. Airy.

Ashton’s marketing plan described “stone-built homes, planned on an architectural idea that makes each different from the other, yet in
perfect harmony with all.”

Join us for the pleasure of viewing a pictorial history that vividly illustrates the role of Tourison’s Ye Sedgwick Farms Company in East Mt. Airy’s evolution. The company left a legacy of beautiful, enduring homes that we continue to enjoy and appreciate today.

Our Services

You can choose one of our holistic therapies
(Acupuncture, Plant-based Nutrition and/or Bodywork).

NW Center

March 26, 2024 – 7:30-9pm in Person in Chestnut Hill

Kitchen Rx: Restore your health in the kitchen with food as medicine

We’ll focus on the five most common health concerns: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, pain and weight loss, and how being proactive can prevent, diminish and even reverse the course of chronic disease. Learn how plant-based nutrition can empower you to dramatically improve and sustain your health.

(Note: Course is full. To add yourself to the wait list click here.)

Presented by: Elise Rivers, Esq., M.Ac., has been practicing Asian medicine for more than 20 years and is the founder of CAMA, serving the community since 2005, and offers classes through the Northwest Center for Food As Medicine. Elise is certified through the Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition program and has been a vegan since 2013.

Elise Rivers
Elise Rivers, M.Ac. Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell Univ.

All of our staff are fully vaccinated,
offering ALL of our healing modalities: Acupuncture, Bodywork and Whole Food Nutrition Counseling!

Click here for details on our COVID Safety FAQ.

Important lessons learned about nutrition as a result of the pandemic...

COVID, Your Immune System,
& Food and Lifestyle Choices

It’s not a coincidence that the co-morbidities that COVID-19 exploits: heart disease, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity are the same health issues that arise from animal-based eating! Our affordable, plant-based dietitian, Kirsten Puskar is available to help you transition to a more whole foods, plant-based lifestyle (many insurances accepted). If you’re just starting out, you can also book a $45 intro session online with Elise to arrange for a lifestyle/nutrition consult (or call 215-266-5757). This call is for people who want to discover how easy it can be to incorporate more plants in their diet, and why.

NW Center

CAMA Media Articles in the Chestnut Hill Local and the Weaver's Way Shuttle

Part 2 of 3
Community Closing, Private Practice Opening

Links to Vegan Resources:

Every month the Bux-Mont-Philly Vegan Meetup does in-person potlucks. Bring your favorite dish, enough for 5 or 10, and meet your peeps! To join click here (you’ll get invites each month)

Want help making delicious vegan meals in 10 minutes or less? Click here to watch Max Rivers cooking on Facebook.

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Something you’d like to see changed or added?

Let us know! (click on the box and email us now!)

Our latest, greatest testimonial!

I’ve been coming to Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy (CAMA) for about 8 months, for chronic pain, acid reflux and IBS which  were affecting my quality of life…The care I receive is excellent. I always feel that I am genuinely cared about as a whole person and that my health and well-being is as important to them as it is to me. I am especially grateful for Elise who has been a supportive, encouraging and loving teacher during my transition to a plant-based diet, through the death of my mother and through the ups and downs on my path to wellness. I still have a ways to go, but I feel better than I have in many years!
Acupuncture will always be a part of my life and part of my overall wellness plan because CAMA makes it affordable to do that. It is wonderful for specific ailments, for overall well-being and for feeling balanced emotionally which is significant in these uncertain times. CAMA is a beautiful place and wonderful environment to work on health and well-being. I can’t recommend acupuncture and CAMA highly enough!  –A.D.  March 2020

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How to Find Us

Contact Us

Chestnut Hill, Phila, PA 19118
(You’ll get the address in your appointment confirmation.)

Elise at 215-266-5757

For other contacts, click here

Stories From Our Clients

We’ve been serving the Mount Airy region for over 15 years and have been privileged to serve thousands of clients from all backgrounds. Hear what they have to say…

CAMA's Here For You! We are your affordable holistic health sanctuary on Germantown Ave since 2005!

We’re now open for appointments:  7 days, 3 nights including Sundays.

Use the online scheduler to conveniently make appointments.

Read more on our home page…

We Offer:

Energy Medicine: Acupuncture

Physical Medicine: 3 types of massage

Food As Medicine: Whole Food Plant-Based Counseling.