Each month we feature someone from the True Health and Fitness team on this blog. This month we interviewed Emily Andrews, LAc who is an acupuncturist and co-owner of True Health and Fitness.
How long have you been practicing acupuncture?
I graduated from an acupuncture graduate program in 2010. I have been in private practice for 9 years. I have been practicing in Greensburg, PA since we opened in May 2012. While I was a student, I had varied clinical opportunities and with that experience I have been practicing acupuncture for over a decade.
How would you describe your style of acupuncture?
I practice Traditional Chinese acupuncture but incorporate some Japanese, 5 Element, and Microsystem techniques when appropriate. I use many adjunctive therapies as part of the scope of acupuncture including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, tuina, qi gong, TCM dietary therapy, and aroma acupoint therapy. Acupuncture is a highly individualized medicine and my treatments reflect this and are tailored to each individual patient and how they are presenting the day of their treatment.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Helping people and spending so much time in a calm, healing space surrounded by a wonderful team.
What do you recommend to your patients for the day of a treatment?
I recommend that they drink plenty of water (especially after cupping) and avoid caffeine and rigorous exercise following a treatment.
What do you do for your own self care?
I receive acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and facials regularly. I also love to lift weights in our fitness facility.
Quiet downtime on the weekends is important for me as well as spending time in the kitchen. I love to prepare kombucha, bone broth, congee, and sourdough bread; not only do I find the process to be relaxing but it creates nourishing foods for the rest of the week.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my husband, best friend, and dogs. I also enjoy spending time with like-minded women and have a wonderful group of friends. In the summer I like to visit my family in the Finger Lakes to swim and kayak as much as possible. I also love to take advantage of our awesome little city and enjoy visiting the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and having dinner at Sun Dawg Cafe.
Tell us about the AcuPhotoProject.
The AcuPhotoProject is a collaboration between myself and award-winning Greensburg photographer Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography. Together we create beautiful images of acupuncture to help spread awareness of this powerful medicine and for other acupuncturists to be able to use for their clinics and websites. We started the project in 2015 and debuted it in a simple blog post, this post had a world-wide audience and reached over 15,000 people. I am excited to announce that next Spring our work will be included as a pop up exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Please follow our Instagram page (@AcuPhotoProject) to see our most recent work!
Although Emily is not currently accepting new patients, our office will be accepting new patients for acupuncture in 2020, please call 724-205-6377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.