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Shelley Kelley Sullivan

Doctor of Acupuncture- RI

Licensed Acupuncturist- MA

Licensed Pharmacist- MA

Diplomate Asian Bodywork Therapy

Shelley Kelley Sullivan earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, MA. She completed her Pharmacy Internship at Cape Cod Hospital; Hyannis, MA, York Hospital; York, ME, Maine Medical; Portland, ME, Boston University School of Medicine~ Drug Epidemiology Unit & Boston University School of Medicine~ Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program. Her Pharmacy experience included work as a Retail Pharmacist, Long Term Care Pharmacist, Item Writer for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination and as a Research Pharmacist for Boston University School of Medicine.

Shelley received her Masters degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, MA and had the honor to have studied under Dr. James Tin Yau So, “Father of American Acupuncture” and founder of NESA, the oldest college of Oriental Medicine in the United States.

In 1982 she studied Macrobiotic Cooking and Theory at the Michio Kushi Institute in Brookline and in 1984 established her private practice in Scituate, MA, pioneering the field of Acupuncture in the United States. In 1996 Shelley was employed at the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Braintree, MA as a Staff Acupuncturist with inpatient and outpatient privileges and completed an apprenticeship at Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary in East Barre, VT, receiving a certificate in Western Herbal Medicine from Rosemary Gladstar, world-renowned herbalist.

In 1998, following many years of study in Asian body work therapies including Sotai, Medical Qigong, Shiatsu, Acupressure, 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, an herbal apothecary that crafts natural herbal products. In 2001, she worked as a Staff Acupuncturist at Dr.Glenn Rothfeld's Center for Integrative Medicine in Plymouth, MA. In 2005 she co-founded Yogapuncture, a workshop-based program that combines Yoga & Acupuncture which produces a profound synergy, eliciting an enhanced state of relaxation and encourages 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. From 2006-2009 she was appointed by the Boston College High School Mother's Guild to serve as Co-Vice President, Co-President and Co-President Advisor.

2006-2011 Shelley was employed at the Good Samaritan Occupational Health Center in Avon, MA and specialized in work-related injuries. 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 Shelley 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 and the Licensing Subcommittee. 2013-2016 she worked as a Research Acupuncturist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA at the Center for Translational Pain.

She is currently a member of United Plant Savers, Acupuncturists Without Borders, Scituate Historical Society, Plimoth Patuxet Museum, Heritage Museum & Gardens, Scituate Arts Association, South Shore Art Center, North River Arts Society, Duxbury Art Association, Plymouth Center for the Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Shelley Kelley Sullivan brings many years of experience to her Acupuncture 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 treatment, post-chemo and radiation treatment, Lyme's disease & Lyme's co-infection syndrome, injury prevention & restorative acupuncture for yoga practitioners, martial artists, athletes, and dancers. Shelley combines many modalities in her practice while listening to that inner voice and stepping aside to hear the unspoken. As many of the Chinese names assigned to Acupuncture points are referred to as doors, windows, and gates, she refers to Acupuncture needles as "keys" opening up those invisible portals to release internal stagnations. Once the flow of energy and blood are re-established, the body, mind and spirit have the opportunity to heal, restore and regain balance.


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