Why did you become an acupuncturist?
"As a young child in Bucharest I saw how people relied on natural medicine as for all sorts of ailments. Here in the US, many think of natural therapies as a last resort, after more aggressive medical approaches fail. I want to help change that. I want people to know they have safe, effective first-line options. Your body knows how to repair, and it seems like common sense to enhance your natural healing functions first, and use drugs and surgery only when necessary. When I learned about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I was hooked! It resonated with me, and I knew I'd found my life's work."
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
"I love helping people get relief from pain and supporting their natural body repair, so I’m always working on honing my knowledge and skills to get rapid results in this area. I incorporate acupuncture “dry needling” of Trigger Points as well as motor point stimulation which can do wonders for people with pain. I’m a decidedly modern Acupuncturist and view the time-tested wisdom of this medicine through the lens of our growing understanding of neuromodulation. I also draw quite a bit from Functional Medicine, which is a systems-oriented approach that seeks to address the underlying causes of dysfunction. It’s like a modern-day iteration of Chinese Medicine concepts that includes using specialized lab testing to let us "peek under the hood", so I like to consider testing when I think it would be helpful."
What are some misconceptions people have about acupuncture?
"That it can instantly erase years of poor health, or that you have to "believe in it" for it to work. It is a treatment approach that has endured because it activates real healing! And there’s a “dose” effect, just like with medication or physical therapy, so following through a course of treatment is important if you want the best results."
What do you enjoy most about your work?
"I love connecting with people and helping them on their journey. My mission is simple... to support health and wellbeing. I love being able to provide an approach that is safe, drug-free and helps people feel and function better."
In private practice since 2005 with a passion for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Anca Marinescu completed her Master’s Degree at the renowned Tri-State College of Acupuncture with extensive hands-on training under master practitioners of several acupuncture styles. After graduating with honors, she interned at the International Acupuncture Training Institute in Beijing, China with rounds in hospital acupuncture clinics, and later earned the Doctoral Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego.
She was selected by the Chinese Medical Science Foundation and St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC for one of the first hospital-based Acupuncture Fellowships to serve inpatients here in the US. The year-long integrative program served the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, hospital staff as well as outpatients with musculoskeletal and neurological complaints.
Dr. Marinescu is an NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturist licensed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Acupuncture Society of NY
NJ Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Association for Professional Acupuncture in PA
American Academy of Pain Medicine