Shelley Kelley Sullivan
Doctor of Acupuncture- RI
Licensed Acupuncturist -MA
Dipl. Asian Bodywork Therapy
Shelley Kelley Sullivan earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, MA and a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, MA . She had the honor to have studied under Dr. James Tin Yao So, the “Father of American Acupuncture” and founder of NESA, the oldest college of Oriental Medicine in the United States.
In 1982, Shelley studied Macrobiotic Cooking and Theory at the Michio Kushi Institute in Brookline, MA. Pioneering the field of acupuncture in the US, She began her private practice in Scituate, MA in 1984. In 1996, after a seven month apprenticeship at the Sage Mountain Herbal School in Orange, VT, Shelley received a certificate from Rosemary Gladstar, world-renowned herbalist. In 1998, following the study of several Asian body work therapies including Sotai, Medical Qigong, Shiatsu, Reiki, Shinkiko, Tong Ren, and Tui Na, she was recognized as a Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy by the National Certification Commission in Asian Bodywork in Washington, DC. In 2000, Shelley co-founded “Bittersweet Botanicals“, a small company that creates natural herbal products using only the finest ingredients and essential oils. In 2005, she co-founded Yogapuncturetm, a workshop-based program that combines Yoga & Acupuncture to produce a profound synergy. Yogapuncturetm elicits an enhanced state of relaxation, encouraging the body to heal and restore itself. In 2000 & 2006, Shelley won awards at the International Herbal Symposium held at Wheaton College in Norton, MA for Best Herbal Formulation & Most Creative Herbal Formulation. In 2010, she was certified with “Acupuncturists without Borders” to practice in the field following traumatic events in the community and around the world. In 2011, she became a Doctor of Acupuncture in Rhode Island and was appointed by the Board of Medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve as a member on the Committee on Acupuncture. From 2013-2016, Shelley worked as a Research Acupuncturist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at the Center for Translational Pain.
Shelley brings years of experience to her practice and continues to allow intuition to be her greatest guide when assisting others in the healing process. She specializes in pain and stress management, fertility, Lyme's disease & Lyme's co-infection syndrome, facial rejuvenation, and injury prevention & restoration therapy for yoga practitioners, martial artists, athletes, and dancers. She combines many modalities in her practice while listening to that inner voice and stepping aside to hear the unspoken. Shelley has always referred to acupuncture needles as “keys” that open doors rather than sharp objects that inflict pain. Interestingly enough, many of the Chinese names assigned to acupuncture points are referred to as doors, windows, and gates. Acupuncture assists the body, the mind and the spirit in opening these portals otherwise blocked or closed by internal stagnations. Once the flow of blood and energy are re-established, healing ensues.