Why did you become an acupuncturist?
"As a young child in Bucharest I saw people choose time-honored natural medicine as first line treatment 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 what acupuncturists in the distant past were able to discern about the workings of the body, and I also value modern insights. Most of my studies in recent years have been in 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 magically, instantly erase years of poor health, or that you have to "believe in it" for it to work. It's a therapy, not a belief system! It's amazing that you can shift what your body's doing with a few, well-placed points, but just like with exercise, physical therapy or medication, there's a cumulative or dose effect, so you have to be willing to invest yourself in the process a bit."
What do you enjoy most about your work?
"My mission is simple... to support health and wellbeing. I feel strongly that people deserve access to safe, drug-free options, and I love helping people feel better!"
In private practice since 2005, Anca has a passion for Integrative Medicine.
Anca earned her Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and completed her Master’s at one of the most renowned schools in the U.S., Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she received extensive training under master practitioners of several acupuncture styles.
After graduating with honors, Anca completed an internship at the International Acupuncture Training Institute in Beijing, China with rounds in two hospital acupuncture clinics.
She was later selected by the Chinese Medical Science Foundation and St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC for a year-long Acupuncture Fellowship in an Integrative program serving the Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine Departments.
Anca Marinescu is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is a National Board-Certified Acupuncturist (NCCAOM).
- Association for Professional Acupuncture in PA
- American Academy of Pain Medicine