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.

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.

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

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 Thursdays.

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

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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.

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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