Doctoral candidate and licensed acupuncturist Samantha Buchanan is bringing her acupuncture experience from California to Grosse Pointe.
Pointe Acupuncture, an Integrative Health Care practice, offers treatment in women’s health, stress management, weight loss, addiction, sports injuries, pain management and many other ailments.
“The idea is to provide Integrative Health Care for everyone,” Buchanan said.
She has been practicing acupuncture in California since 2012, but moved to Grosse Pointe in March to be closer to family.
Her new practice opened June 1, and Buchanan was excited to announce the “first whole week is booked out.”
Services include acupuncture, nutrition consultations, cupping and facial rejuvenation.
At Pointe Acupuncture, patients can expect customized treatment plans using combinations of new and old methodologies Buchanan has learned throughout her studies.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition, with an emphasis in holistic health, from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the U.S. Additionally, she studied ancient Chinese techniques in acupuncture at the Zhejiang Medical University in Hang Zhou in Eastern China.
She also continues to work on her doctorate through the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Through her studies and interest in herbal treatments, she also is launching Pointe Medicinal, which is her own brand of Chinese herbal formulas, CBD-rich pain cream and CBD tincture.
Since moving to Grosse Pointe, the state of Michigan has started recognizing licensed acupuncturists as deemed medical personnel and insurance will start to help cover certain services.
“It’s like it was meant to be,” Buchanan said of the timing of her move and insurance adjustments.
Since she started practicing acupuncture, she has recognized that affordability and accessibility are a main reason people don’t try the treatment and she is eager to accept insurance at Pointe Acupuncture.
She explained that acupuncture is still growing, but expects it to “be huge in the next five years.”
Buchanan also said acupuncture is meant to be used as a preventive care and “most people can benefit from it.”
Through her treatment combinations of acupuncture, cupping and herbal remedies, she makes customized plans for each individual patient.
To build her patient base and give back to the community, she is offering 500 free treatments to frontline workers at local hospitals. She already has started the process of gifting the treatments.
Due to the pandemic, she currently is not planning to have a grand opening party.
Pointe Acupuncture is located at 17770 Mack, City of Grosse Pointe. Appointment booking, services and pricing may be viewed at pointeacupuncture.com.