Why did you become an acupuncturist?
"As a young child in Bucharest I saw people rely on natural medicine as for all sorts of ailments. In the US, my home since the age of eight, 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. The body is made to heal if we give it what it needs. It's just common sense to enhance our natural healing functions, 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 value ancient wisdom, and I also value modern research. In recent years, I’ve been drawn to Functional Medicine — a systems-oriented approach that seeks to address the underlying causes of disease and dysfunction. This includes using cutting-edge, specialized lab testing that lets 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's not a belief system! It is a treatment that has endured because it can activate real healing. And just like with medication or physical therapy there's a cumulative or dose effect, so following through a course of treatment is important if you want the best results."
What do you enjoy most about your work?
"My mission is simple... to support health and wellbeing. I love being able to offer a healing-oriented approach that is safe, drug-free and helps people feel better!"
In private practice since 2005 with a passion for Integrative Medicine.
Anca Marinescu earned her Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She completed her Master’s 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.
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 neuromuscular complaints.
Dr. Marinescu is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is an NCCAOM National Board-Certified Acupuncturist.
Association for Professional Acupuncture in PA
American Academy of Pain Medicine