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PHOTOS: Concord Community Acupuncture

  • Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Jennifer Woolf gets ready for her patients at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, November 11, 2012. In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Jennifer Woolf gets ready for her patients at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, November 11, 2012. In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Karen Hicks rests during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Hicks has been seeking treatment to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. She has been seeing Woolf, along with her mother Cathy Burnett, for the past two months and says that it has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy as well as keep her blood counts up and her immune system strong. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Karen Hicks rests during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Hicks has been seeking treatment to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. She has been seeing Woolf, along with her mother Cathy Burnett, for the past two months and says that it has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy as well as keep her blood counts up and her immune system strong.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend, and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, back injury, thyroid and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way for her to avoid pain medications. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend, and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, back injury, thyroid and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way for her to avoid pain medications.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. When Woolf came to remove Robb's needles, he asked her how many needles he had received, she told him 17, he smiled, and told her that was, "too many." Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years, he said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of treatment with acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. When Woolf came to remove Robb's needles, he asked her how many needles he had received, she told him 17, he smiled, and told her that was, "too many." Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years, he said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of treatment with acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Jennifer Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass's forehead at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday January 12, 2013. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress free, and also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Jennifer Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass's forehead at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday January 12, 2013. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress free, and also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started  going to treat, "general aches and pains," and help with her overall wellness. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started going to treat, "general aches and pains," and help with her overall wellness.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Like many of Woolf's patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time, otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Like many of Woolf's patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time, otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Karen Hicks rests during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Hicks has been seeking treatment to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. She has been seeing Woolf, along with her mother Cathy Burnett, for the past two months and says that it has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy as well as keep her blood counts up and her immune system strong. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Karen Hicks rests during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Hicks has been seeking treatment to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. She has been seeing Woolf, along with her mother Cathy Burnett, for the past two months and says that it has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy as well as keep her blood counts up and her immune system strong.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Jennifer Woolf gets ready for her patients at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, November 11, 2012. In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Jennifer Woolf gets ready for her patients at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, November 11, 2012. In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Like many of Woolf's patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time, otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Like many of Woolf's patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time, otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started  going to treat, "general aches and pains," and help with her overall wellness. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started going to treat, "general aches and pains," and help with her overall wellness.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Lowe seeks treatment for her arthritis, she says that she feels, "head to toe," relief, and found that her walking gait opened up after her second treatment.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Lowe seeks treatment for her arthritis, she says that she feels, "head to toe," relief, and found that her walking gait opened up after her second treatment.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Jennifer Woolf reaches to move Smith's collar in order to place needles on her neck at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as maintaining her general well-being.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Jennifer Woolf reaches to move Smith's collar in order to place needles on her neck at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as maintaining her general well-being.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Jennifer Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass's forehead at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday January 12, 2013. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress free, and also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Jennifer Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass's forehead at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday January 12, 2013. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress free, and also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. When Woolf came to remove Robb's needles, he asked her how many needles he had received, she told him 17, he smiled, and told her that was, "too many." Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years, he said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of treatment with acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. When Woolf came to remove Robb's needles, he asked her how many needles he had received, she told him 17, he smiled, and told her that was, "too many." Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years, he said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of treatment with acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend, and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, back injury, thyroid and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way for her to avoid pain medications. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend, and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, back injury, thyroid and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way for her to avoid pain medications.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Jennifer Woolf reaches to move Smith's collar in order to place needles on her neck at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as maintaining her general well-being.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Jennifer Woolf reaches to move Smith's collar in order to place needles on her neck at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as maintaining her general well-being.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Lowe seeks treatment for her arthritis, she says that she feels, "head to toe," relief, and found that her walking gait opened up after her second treatment.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Lowe seeks treatment for her arthritis, she says that she feels, "head to toe," relief, and found that her walking gait opened up after her second treatment.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Jennifer Woolf gets ready for her patients at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, November 11, 2012. In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Karen Hicks rests during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Hicks has been seeking treatment to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. She has been seeing Woolf, along with her mother Cathy Burnett, for the past two months and says that it has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy as well as keep her blood counts up and her immune system strong. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend, and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, back injury, thyroid and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way for her to avoid pain medications. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. When Woolf came to remove Robb's needles, he asked her how many needles he had received, she told him 17, he smiled, and told her that was, "too many." Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years, he said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of treatment with acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Jennifer Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass's forehead at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday January 12, 2013. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress free, and also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started  going to treat, "general aches and pains," and help with her overall wellness. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Like many of Woolf's patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time, otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Karen Hicks rests during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Hicks has been seeking treatment to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. She has been seeing Woolf, along with her mother Cathy Burnett, for the past two months and says that it has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy as well as keep her blood counts up and her immune system strong. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Jennifer Woolf gets ready for her patients at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, November 11, 2012. In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Like many of Woolf's patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time, otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Needles in Juanita Field's head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, "phenomenal."  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started  going to treat, "general aches and pains," and help with her overall wellness. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Lowe seeks treatment for her arthritis, she says that she feels, "head to toe," relief, and found that her walking gait opened up after her second treatment.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Jennifer Woolf reaches to move Smith's collar in order to place needles on her neck at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as maintaining her general well-being.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Jennifer Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass's forehead at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday January 12, 2013. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress free, and also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. When Woolf came to remove Robb's needles, he asked her how many needles he had received, she told him 17, he smiled, and told her that was, "too many." Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years, he said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of treatment with acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend, and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, back injury, thyroid and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way for her to avoid pain medications. <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Jennifer Woolf reaches to move Smith's collar in order to place needles on her neck at Concord Community Acupuncture; Saturday, January 12, 2013. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as maintaining her general well-being.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture; Friday, January 11, 2013. Lowe seeks treatment for her arthritis, she says that she feels, "head to toe," relief, and found that her walking gait opened up after her second treatment.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Jennifer Woolf of Concord Community Acupuncture once struggled with the traditional business model of an acupuncture practice; treating one patient at a time with sessions that cost about $75, which insurance would rarely cover. Many of her patients who had acute pain needed to see her more than once a week, but they often could not afford it.

In Oregon in 2002, acupuncturists Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter also wondered how they could make acupuncture more accessible so that more people could take advantage of its healing benefits. They looked to Asia, where acupuncture began, and used practices there as the first model for community acupuncture in the United States.

Following Rohleder and Van Meter’s business plan for community acupuncture, Woolf is able to treat as many as seven or eight patients per hour on a busy day, though she usually aims for no more than six per hour. By being able to treat so many patients at once, Woolf is able to offer a sliding pay scale for her patients, anywhere from $15 to $35 per session. As a result patients who need to can afford to see her several times a week. But it is not just the price tag that keeps her patients coming back, many of them express their appreciation of her empathy as a healer. They say that she listens to them and cares about them.

Woolf explains that treating patients in a group setting is quite different than working with them one on one. She watches them from the moment they walk through the door, she listens to them as they update her in whispered voices on how they feel as she takes their pulses and gently touches areas where they tell her they have pain or discomfort. She then deftly places the needles wherever her patients might need them. Some of her patients will close their eyes and fall asleep, others will read the newspaper or a Kindle or thumb through their smartphones, sitting anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour.

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Kim Lowe rolls her jeans up as she prepares for her treatment at Concord Community Acupuncture. Lowe, who has, arthritis, says that she feels “head to toe” relief, and she found that her gait improved after her second treatment.

Juanita Field relaxes during her treatment. Field said she learned about acupuncture from a friend and has been using acupuncture to treat her arthritis, a back injury, a thyroid condition and blood pressure. For her back injury, Field sees acupuncture as a way to avoid pain medications.

Beverly Smith closes her eyes as Woolf reaches to move Smith’s collar in order to place needles on her neck. Smith seeks acupuncture for back and neck issues, as well as to maintain her general well-being.

Harlan Robb cringes as Woolf places a needle on the top of his head. When Woolf came to remove Robb’s needles, he asked her how many needles he had received. She told him 17; he smiled, and told her that was, “too many.” Robb has been getting acupuncture for about two years. He said he has been deaf in his right ear since he was 14 years old, and that after a year of acupuncture, meditation and seeing a chiropractor, he has begun to regain some of the hearing in that ear.

Woolf places a needle in Laurie Littlefield-Bass’s forehead. Littlefield-Bass says that regular acupuncture treatments help her remain stress-free. She also feels that it helped speed up her recovery from neck and back surgery.

Carole Burnett receives needles in her hand at Concord Community Acupuncture. Burnett learned about acupuncture from her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law and started going to treat, “general aches and pains,” and to help with her overall wellness.

Juanita Field has only been coming to Woolf for a short time but finds Woolf to be a kind and understanding practitioner. She also describes the sliding pay scale as, “phenomenal.”

Karen Hicks rests during her treatment. Hicks has been using acupuncture to help offset the side effects of her chemotherapy. Hicks was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2012. She started receiving chemotherapy four months ago after a double mastectomy. Hicks and her mother, Carole Burnett, have been seeing Woolf for the past two months and says that acupuncture has helped prevent the fatigue that is common with chemotherapy. She also credits it for keeping her blood counts up and her immune system strong.

Like many of Woolf’s patients, Carole Burnett will often fall asleep during her sessions at Concord Community Acupuncture. Woolf explains that she will gently wake her patients if they tell her they need to be somewhere at a certain time. Otherwise she might let them sleep for up to two hours.

In the group acupuncture setting, Woolf says she is able to treat an average of six patients an hour, but can treat up to seven or eight per hour on Saturdays which are often her busiest days.

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