Our Staff by Department

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

Our Care Consultants' sole job is supporting you. They offer free Care Plan consultations, phone and email support and education about using our alternative therapies efficiently and effectively.
Meet our Care Consultants
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.

Pete Gerold, a myofascial release (MFR) therapist, whose work focuses on pain reduction and range of motion. Injury, inflammation, repetitive stress, and even emotional trauma have great potential to be repaired and released through his work.

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.

Cari

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.

Pete Gerold

Pete Gerold is a licensed massage therapist has been practicing for more than 25 years. In that time, he has taken several thousand hours of trainings, in more than 45 different modalities.

He specializes in somato-emotional therapies, especially: myofascial release,
cranio-sacral therapy,
Process Acupressure and
the Jean-Pierre Barial's cutting edge Visceral Neuro-Meningeal
and Vascular Manipulation therapies.

Pete understands through experience that trauma in any form will always involve emotions. These emotions are held in the body's fascial or connective tissue and in the organs of the body. Over time the emotional strains placed on the fascial system result in pain and dysfunction in the physical body, very often in places far removed from the actual trauma site.

Pete's therapies track down (both externally and internally) where these fascial restrictions are--frees them and thereby releases the emotions held in the tissues. Unless and until theses emotional holding patterns are released, one can expect to return to physical pain and dysfunction.

The therapies Pete provides work on physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual planes. In 25+ years of practice, Pete has returned 1000's of people to pain free lifestyles by reducing/eliminating the load of fascial restrictions within their bodies, and addressing the long-held, often unconscious residue of sexual trauma, spousal abuse, auto/workplace accidents, repetitive stress, etc.

His website, kneadingyoutherapy.com provides details on the major therapies he practices on a daily basis.

Pete is at CAMA on Thursdays and Fridays.

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.

Meet Our Acupuncturists

Our Founder: Elise

Elise Rivers is the founder and owner of Community Acupuncture of Mt Airy

Elise Rivers, Esq., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

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.

Education

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.

Ancient Medicine for Modern Times

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 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.

Jessica Weaver, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac

Jessica is a board certified licensed acupuncturist in Pennsylvania. She completed her B.F.A. at New York University and earned her Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, PA. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who worked in Niger, West Africa for two years. As an acupuncturist, Jessica has experience treating a wide variety of health conditions, such emotional issues, insomnia, sports injuries, pain management, women's health, metabolic imbalances, and many others. She especially enjoys working with young adults. Jessica is passionate about helping people in their journey to become their best selves. She understands that healing and acupuncture originates in treating the whole person, not just certain ailments or diseases. In addition to travelling, Jessica loves exercising and being outdoors. She has been a runner since she was a teenager and has practiced vinyasa yoga for the past 10 years. When she is not practicing acupuncture, she can be found at the park with her husband and son.

Jessica works on Wednesdays, morning and early afternoon.

Lisa Graham, M.Ac.

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 Tuesday evenings and alternating Sundays

Kelly McErlean, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Kelly McErlean, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Kelly is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed in Pennsylvania. She earned her Master's Degree in acupuncture from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Her clinical experience taught her how to tailor each treatment to the individual, depending on a variety of factors that are classic to the practice of Chinese medicine. In addition to acupuncture, Kelly is utilizes supportive techniques to further healing such as Gua Sha and cupping. She is delighted to support and educate CAMA patients on how to promote their overall well being with a holistic frame of mind. In her free time she enjoys hiking, outdoor activities and exercise.

Kelly works on Wed afternoon and evening, Fridays and alternating Sundays