Our Staff by Department

We offer affordable, compassionate, effective, preventive, holistic care, including: acupuncture, bodywork, plant-based nutrition and self-care education.

Acupuncture is a 2500 year old healing art that is empirically effective--meaning over thousands of years, it has proven itself to be a method of healing that works.
Meet our Acupuncturists
Learn more about the Northwest Center for Food As Medicine that provides education and support to transform your health.
Meet our Plant-based Nutritionists
Bodywork is extremely effective at managing stress (which underlies most chronic diseases), repairing injuries, and calming the body.
Meet our Bodyworkers

Meet Our Bodyworkers

Bodywork is available in the Bodywork, Stress Management, Ditch the Diabetes and Cancer Support Care Plans.

What do we mean by bodywork? Bodywork is a term to describe multiple modalities that are used to help the body function better on the many levels described below, re-establish balance and promote healing.

Bodywork is one great way to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Stress creates low level inflammation that breaks down the body’s ability to function well over time.

Studies in 2016 at the Touch Research Institute at the Miami School of Medicine have shown bodywork to regulate hormones, boost immunity, improve attentiveness and ease symptoms of depression by raising serotonin and dopamine levels. It also assists lymphatic movement and supports the cardiovascular system.

It also balances the body’s energy system, the major system that is also addressed through acupuncture.

Many of us would elect to have bodywork more often if it was affordable. We’ve endeavored to make that the case for you at CAMA !

Cari Young, a massage therapist who offers several modalities for relaxation: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal and Sports massage, as well as cupping. Cari is a natural healer and deeply intuitive with her touch, and can dramatically reduce stress and discomfort.

Sarah Bettien-Ash practices reflexology, a therapy that involves the application of pressure on specific reflex zones on the feet that promote and restore the natural flow of body functions. It reduces the tension, stress and pain that we hold in our feet and induces whole body relaxation. Sarah is also well versed in aromatherapy and Reiki.


Kathleen is an energy/bodyworker for more than 21 years with a wide array of modalities. She started her healing journey part-time until 2009. It was then that she took the leap of faith with her intuitive healing art and went full time. She has never looked back! Kathleen has helped thousands of people find relief from stress and pain, most notably migraine/headache sufferers. Kathleen hopes to spread the benefits of healing hands to the communities at large.

Modalities: Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, Reflexology; to name a few, as Kathleen's work is a delightful combination of intuitive, healing therapies.

When not in session, Kathleen spends most of her time reading, writing poetry, and singing in a local trio.

Kathleen is available on Tuesday nights and Friday mornings.


Cari is passionate about helping people reach their wellness and healing goals. She is a creative and intuitive therapist who believes a holistic approach to bodywork can improve mind, body, and spirit.

After completing her B.S. at West Chester University, with a concentration in Bology and Psychology, Cari studied under the instruction of Chris and Xerlan Deery at the Institute for

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (ITMB) in Chadds Ford, PA. She credits massage therapy for choosing her, and believes that the body has an innate ability to heal itself--she’s just facilitating the process.

Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Sports, Cupping.

In her free time, Cari enjoys traveling, cooking, live music, and spending time in nature.

Cari is available Tuesday through Friday at the CAMA office.

Sarah Bettien-Ash

Sarah has been working in the health and wellness field for the past 17 years.

She is passionate about helping people increase their energy, health, and happiness by using drug free methods of healing that help people get to the root of their health challenges.

She specializes in Reflexology and Reiki. Sarah is a certified Reflexologist, and received her certification from the Baltimore School of Reflexology in Baltimore, MD. Sarah received her Reiki certification from The Academy of Massage Therapy and Healing Sciences in Lansdale, PA, in 2004.

During a Reflexology session:

Sarah works to remove congestion and crystallizations that build up on and around the nerve endings on the soles of the feet.

Congestion is the body's response to stress, illness, or injury.

A Reflexology treatment restores circulation to all organ and body systems, improves overall health in the whole body, while reducing or eliminating pain and/or other annoying symptoms.

Research has shown that the following conditions can all be helped by regular reflexology treatments:

anxiety, allergies, asthma, back aches, depression, menopause, PMS, infertility, insomnia, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease, constipation, migraines, sinusitis, and pregnancy

Reflexology has been shown to help people before and after surgery, to reduce pain and uncomfort associated with illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, AIDS, and many others.

Regular reflexology treatments are also helpful in relieving mental and emotional stress, and can be helpful in balancing the chakra energy centers in the body.

Sarah is excited to be a part of the CAMA community, around other holistic health-loving folks!

Reiki is a healing modality that provides the receiver with a great sense of peace and calm, while helping to eliminate tension or stress in the area is the body the Reiki is applied. A Reiki practitioner lays his/her hands on the person receiving the treatment, and focuses healing energy to a specific part of the body. A Reiki treatment usually take about 55 minutes, and the upper body, front and back, including the head is treated.

Sarah is available Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings at the CAMA office.

Emily Smith Telehealth MFR

Emily has 20+ years experience helping others move, feel and heal, helping others eliminate pain and remember how to breath, soften and strengthen as naturally as a baby.

She does Myofascial Release Therapy, nourishing movement as vital ingredients in the recipe for longevity.

She is licensed in Massage and Bodywork Therapy in PA with expert training in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach® and certified in Pilates with the Physicalmind Institute.

She offers Myofascial Release Therapy and individualized telehealth and therapeutic movement and self myofascial release treatments by appointment.

MFR is an an energetic and physical therapy that serves as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals and surgery for treating and preventing chronic pain, dysfunction and disease caused by fascial restrictions (still undetectable by medical scans).

Benefits of a telehealth visit:

  • Postural observation, health history, goal setting & personalized techniques includes video and/or photos
  • Simulate the therapeutic, sustained and gentle pressure of Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) to eliminate restrictions in fascia.
  • Gently stimulate the fascial system, mindfully relax tension and cultivate strength autonomously
  • Explore awareness, movement and breath while shifting shape on all levels and planes.
  • Move through a series of yin/passive and yang/active shapes for softening, lengthening and strengthening posture for vertical alignment
  • Learn ways to make your house your own health spa using household furniture as exercise, meditation, myofascial release and massage apparatus
  • Unwind without an agenda
  • Develop the art of communicating with your body
  • Rest while awake, reset body and mind and restore yourself to homeostasis
  • For scheduling please call Elise 215-266-5757. Emily's service are included in our bodywork Care Plans and discounted accordingly.

    Meet Our Acupuncturists

    Elise Rivers

    Elise Rivers is the founder and owner of Community Acupuncture of Mt Airy. Elise specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is also a Certified Asian Bodywork Therapist (Shiatsu). She has been practicing Asian medicine for more than 19 years.

    A top graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters in both Japanese and TCM-style techniques, she is also a certified practitioner of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), requiring completion of a comprehensive training in auricular (ear) acupuncture, and a ten month curriculum in addiction behavior and treatments. As part of her training she worked at the Dimock Community Health Center in Jamaica Plain, MA and the Wellness Center in Boston, MA.

    Elise enjoyed sharing her knowledge for 15 years ago as part of the staff of the Won Institute for Graduate Studies to teach point location, a foundation course for acupuncturists.

    She feels very strongly that acupuncture is ancient medicine for modern times and should be made accessible to as many people as possible. This led her to found CAMA, Philadelphia’s first community clinic in 2005, based on the model started in Portland, Oregon. It is her sincere wish that many people will partake and benefit from this model of affordable, accessible care.

    Elise is seeing patients on Monday evenings and Wednesdays.

    Emily Loomis, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

    (click name or photo above to make an appointment with Emily)
    Emily Loomis is a licensed Acupuncturist in Pennsylvania. She has a Masters of Acupuncture degree from the Won Institute and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University. She also studied acupuncture abroad in Iksan, South Korea at Wonkwang University, where she received both hospital and university training in Traditional Korean Medicine.

    Emily treats both acute and chronic conditions by fostering the body’s innate ability to heal itself by bringing balance to the body. As an acupuncturist, she has experience treating orthopedic pain, neuropathy, digestive complaints, smoke cessation, women's health and infertility, general wellness, insomnia, and stress. She works with patients of all ages and especially enjoys working with children.

    Emily is a member of the Association for Professional Acupuncturists (APA), and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her two daughters, walking in nature and photography.

    Emily works on Wednesday and Friday days and alternating Sundays.

    Lisa Graham, M.Ac.

    (click name or photo above to make an appointment with Lisa)
    Lisa was inspired to become an acupuncturist after personally experiencing the benefits of acupuncture on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Lisa left a lengthy career in research and the biotech industry to follow her passion because she was amazed at the healing power of acupuncture. Serving the community by bringing relief from pain and disease, along with teaching patients about their own strength and ability to heal, brings her a lot of joy. Her goal is to support her patients in moving from a place of pain or disease to a place of feeling more healthy, balanced, and vibrant. In her free time, Lisa volunteers at the local food bank and hospice. She also enjoys spending time with her pets, friends, and family.

    Lisa works on Thursdays and alternating Sundays

    Heather McGinniss, M.Ac.

    Heather McGinniss is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies with her Masters degree in Acupuncture Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from Temple University. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, she spent 16 years in the corporate realm.

    Heather believes that the relationship between practitioner and patient is a partnership intended to support you in your healing journey, whether you are on the first step, or have been walking it for years.

    Heather’s clinical experience exposed her to a wide variety of health concerns, including chronic pain and orthopedic problems, a variety of women’s health issues, digestive disorders, emotional stress, sleep issues, trauma recovery, and general wellness support. She has treated patients aged from five to seventy-five. She spent time volunteering in her school’s addiction recovery clinics, and has experience treating patients for smoking cessation. She has a particular interest in expanding her knowledge of trauma informed care.

    She is the proud mom to two dogs and one cat, happy to be known as the “fun aunt” to many nieces and nephews, and enjoys a number of crafty hobbies in her free time.

    Heather works on Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Sunday

    Alicia Shulman, M.Ac.

    Alicia chose to study acupuncture and East Asian medicine because of a lifelong fascination with natural medicine, believing the body, mind, and spirit are innately capable of self-healing when properly nourished. She first sought acupuncture for the same reason many people do—during a particular health challenge for which Western medicine failed her. The needles helped her experience first-hand that we are essentially energetic beings. Her healing with acupuncture inspired her to pursue the study of East Asian medicine, after working for 15 years in medical publishing.

    In 2016, Alicia earned a Masters in Acupuncture Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. She is also nationally certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She is excited to bring her skills and experience to the CAMA community.

    Alicia works on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.