I am Shannon Freeman, LAC, EAMP, LMP, and I first became a Certified Nursing Aide in 1992, then a Licensed Massage Practitioner in 1999, earning my East Asian Medicine Practitioner License in 2013. Currently, I am attending Five Branches University, Doctor of Acupuncture Program. I have worked in a variety of setting, including cosmetic plastic surgery, pre/post-surgical recovery team as a massage therapist, physical therapy setting providing orthopedic massage, on-site medical massage for Lexington, KY region professional equestrian jockeys and their managers/farm owners, women’s health and fertility clinic as an acupuncturist. I graduated from MiddleWay Acupuncture Institute in Mt. Vernon, WA, in 2012.
My acupuncture/massage clinic is A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture providing acupuncture, massage, point injection therapy, and nutritional support. While I see numerous clinical conditions, my areas of interest include pain management, emotional issues, fertility, and adrenal/fatigue exhaustion.
It is not in the scope of practice for an acupuncturist or massage therapist to provide western medical diagnoses or prescription medications for patients. However, I am allowed in the scope of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and state licensure to provide diagnoses in Chinese Medicine and provide herbs, acupuncture, and other TCM modalities applicable to the patient’s condition. Combining western and eastern medicine is optimal for a patient to heal in many cases.
On a personal note, I am a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (Ojibwe/Cree/Metis) in Belcourt, ND. My heritage and upbringing are much of the reason I do what I do. I also carry a North Dakota Acupuncture License. I am a mother to an elementary schoolboy, and we have a retired Military East German Shepard named Izzy in our tribe.