Amanda Sutter-Francis, LicAc, Dipl.OM, MAOM
Amanda is the owner and operator of Nashua Acupuncture Center (formerly Acupoint of New Hampshire and Nashua Acupuncture). She is a New Hampshire licensed acupuncturist, board-certified Chinese Medicine herbalist and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She holds two graduate degrees; a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), the oldest acupuncture school in the country, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. While pursuing her degree at NESA, Amanda furthered her Chinese herbal medicine knowledge through additional clinical experience based on the teachings of Dr. Tao Xie, MD (China), a master herbalist. She learned Chinese herbal formulas to treat chronic and acute conditions, with extensive focus on women’s health, including infertility and menopause, and gastrointestinal disorders. Amanda is a member of the New Hampshire Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Association.
Amanda’s goals when opening Nashua Acupuncture Center were multi-faceted. She wanted to create a practice where patient’s clinical needs could be addressed as effectively and comprehensively as possible. Hence, Nashua Acupuncture Center is a hybrid acupuncture practice – incorporating both community and private acupuncture treatments. As a patient and practitioner, she sees the value in both styles of acupuncture treatment when it comes to clinical care and believes that patients do as well. Secondly, Amanda brings her background in counseling psychology to the acupuncture setting. She knows the importance of building rapport with patients and puts this as a pillar of the practice, alongside delivering the highest level of clinical care that we can.
Amanda’s acupuncture and herbal medicine areas of interests include women’s health, female and male infertility, pain management, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma and allergies.
Kara M. Bonner, LicAc, Dipl.Ac, MAc
Kara is a New Hampshire licensed and board-certified acupuncturist and a Diplomat of Acupuncture. Her interest in acupuncture was piqued while studying biology at Wheaton College. That led her to a summer internship at Xi'an, China where she learned about the art, science and culture of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. After graduating, Kara lived in Thailand and traveled throughout South East Asia before attending the New School of Acupuncture. In addition to the coursework at NESA, Kara took Master's courses at Tufts Medical School in Pain Research, Education and Policy and worked on the administrative side of pain at the Institutional Pain Management Program at Boston Children's Hospital.
Kara's acupuncture areas of interest include acute and chronic pain management, orthopedic acupuncture, autoimmune diseases, allergies, stress and sleep disorders. Kara is also interested in nutrition from the prospective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kara joined Nashua Acupuncture Center, formerly Acupoint of New Hampshire, in March 2014.
Jaimie Champagne, LicAc, Dipl.OM, MAOM
Jaimie graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine after earning a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University. She is nationally board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Jaimie has continued her education with a variety of training, including focus in the fields of pain management, women’s health, mental health, and advanced study in prescribing herbal medicine safely to those taking pharmaceuticals.
Jaimie has been practicing since 2003 and is skilled at treating a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to infertility, anxiety, gastrointestinal conditions, allergies and pain. Her scope of practice includes both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Prior to joining NAC Jaimie was in private practice for several years both in Boston, MA and in Londonderry, NH. In an effort to increase accessibility to acupuncture care, she owned and operated a community acupuncture clinic in Salem, NH. Jaimie endeavors to provide quality individualized care in a safe, compassionate and respectful environment. Jaimie joined Nashua Acupuncture Center in January 2016.
Sarah Kushner, LicAc, Dipl. OM, MAOM
Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s studies in 1998 from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (formerly North Adams State College). Sarah anticipated continuing her education in psychology and eventually working as a therapist. However, the surge in giving prescription medications as primary treatment left Sarah feeling discouraged and limited. Sarah began to realize she wanted a more natural approach to treatment, thereby lessening harmful side-effects, and began to look into acupuncture and herbal medicine. Even though Sarah has a fond appreciation for psychology and the powerful effects cognitive and behavioral therapy can have, she realized for her acupuncture and herbal medicine was what she truly wanted to study. She enrolled in school at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2002. Sarah looks forward to incorporating all her studies, psychology, women’s studies, acupuncture, and herbal medicine into her practice treating patients naturally so their mind and body can begin healing naturally and without side-effects.
Sarah also believes that acupuncture and herbal medicine play a key role in one’s overall health and outlook on life.
Sarah developed a passion for studying and treating women’s health issues including fertility, menopause and menstrual disorders. With this passion, Sarah currently sees many patients with these issues and has dedicated herself to helping others achieve a healthy body and mind through treatment and support. Sarah understands the struggles and loves to share her experience and expertise so that everyone can find balance and ultimately happiness and confidence in themselves.