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Sharon BacigalupiSharón Bacigalupi (founder of Turning Leaf Acupuncture) is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and the state of California Acupuncture Board.  Sharón began her studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA and graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in Newton, MA where she obtained her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine.  Prior to attending NESA, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Pre-Medical Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Health in San Diego, CA.

Sharón is extensively trained in both Chinese and Japanese styles of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  She continues to expand her expertise and has studied Balance Method Acupuncture with Dr Tan and Herbal Medicine with Master Herbalist Dr Tao Xie and Sharon Weizenberg.   Her style of acupuncture is known to be very gentle and surprises even those who are initially fearful of the use of needles.  Sharón’s wide array of treatment styles allows her to treat each patient in a way that will be most suitable to improving their health.

Having a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Sharón has the unique ability to integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine with her understanding of social and lifestyle implications, which often affect a person’s health. This background allows her to better assist her patients in achieving and maintaining their ultimate health goals.

After 4 years of intensive study, completion of her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and national licensing exams, Sharón established Turning Leaf Acupuncture, creating a clinic where her patients would receive quality care from compassionate and dedicated practitioners. In order to provide her patients with the best care, she continues to attend seminars on both eastern and western medicine so that she may stay informed of new advances and discoveries which may be of benefit to her patients.

Sharón treats a wide array of health conditions with special interest and expertise in Women’s Health, Fertility, Digestive Disorders, Mental Health and Acute/Chronic Pain.

Sharón sees patients in the Brookline Office and can be reached by phone at 617 274 8754 x1  or by email at sharon@turningleafacupuncture.com


Heidrun Jacobi holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture and is a Diplomate of Acupuncture certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She is licensed in Massachusetts by the Board of Registration in Medicine, and currently working towards her license in Chinese Herbology.  As part of the curriculum, Heidrun completed 750 hours of clinical internship in Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine with expert Chinese medical practitioners at NESA as well as in several diverse clinical settings.

After graduating from Universität Bielefeld, Germany with an MBA, Heidrun worked in the corporate field for over 15 years.  In order to better balance her work and personal life, especially after her son was born, she discovered yoga and soon noticed its many health benefits – physically, emotionally and mentally.  A particular style of yoga called Yin Yoga in particular stood out for her as it builds on the principles of Chinese Medicine and seeks to stimulate the flow of energy through the body’s energy channels, or Meridians, to promote self-healing.  Heidrun firmly believes that our body has the innate ability to heal itself and that we can tap into this potential through the food we eat, through movement and mindfulness techniques as well as, of course, acupuncture and herbs.

Heidrun is also a yoga instructor and martial artist, and in her spare time enjoys running, cycling and swimming.  She is currently going through a 200 hr teacher training in Medical Qi Gong, which she finds fascinating as it blends the concepts of Chinese Medicine she learned in acupuncture school with movements that can be customized to mirror the needs of an individual.  Heidrun teaches her patients these techniques to use in between acupuncture treatments to help encourage lasting health results.

Heidrun sees patients for a wide range of conditions including digestive issues, insomnia, women’s health, acute or chronic pain.  She has additional special interests in psycho-emotional imbalances such as anxiety and depression as well as in pediatrics.

*Heidrun sees patients in the Melrose office and can be reached email at heidrun@turningleafacupuncture.com

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