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Acupuncture is now for People of Ordinary Means

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Andy Wegman is a licensed acupuncturist in New Hampshire. He graduated from Stoughton High School, Stonehill College and The New England School of Acupuncture all located in Massachusetts. He is very lucky to have worked as an acupuncturist in Manchester for the past 14 years.

Andy established Manchester Acupuncture Studio (MAS) in 2007 as a way to offer affordable health care in the Greater Manchester, NH area. By employing a community acupuncture social-business model,  MAS has been able to accommodate people of broad financial means, while maintaining effective and safe treatment protocols.  However, they are hardly alone in this endeavor towards increasing availability of affordable acupuncture.

POCA (The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture), is a multi-stakeholder cooperative owned by patients, practitioners, clinics, and supporters of community acupuncture. POCA’s goal is to make acupuncture available and accessible to as many people as possible and to support those providing acupuncture to create stable and sustainable businesses and jobs. POCA Tech  - the educational arm of POCA - just recently received approval for operations through the Department of Education in Oregon.  POCA tech's first goal is to create entry-level training programs for acupuncturists that are affordable to prospective students of ordinary incomes.

Andy is the author of Our easy to read, award-winning book  -  Why did you put the needle go there? The most common questions asked by people new to acupuncture.  The book is available on Amazon.com and for free as an e-book and audio-book on the MAS website.  He and his colleagues at MAS gave over 20,000 acupuncture treatments in 2013 alone and are soon to celebrate clinic birthdays in Manchester (#7) and Nashua (#1) clinics.

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