About Christina Dea, Lic.Ac., MAOM
Welcome to Back Bay Acupuncture! My name is Christina Dea and I am a licensed acupuncturist. I have a passion for empowering people to take control over their health. I enjoy listening to peoples stories and trying to figure out how these pieces connect to their health concerns. I’m amazed by the body’s innate healing capacity and enjoy bringing this awareness to others so they may reach their highest level physical and mental health.
I am Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Dipl. Ac.) and licensed by the Board of Registration in Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (Lic. Ac.). I received my Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) in 2006 from the New England School of Acupuncture, the oldest school in the US. During my last year I participated in the Hari Program with Koei Kuwahara Sensei, where I learned gentle pediatric acupuncture techniques called Shonishin. I continued my acupuncture and herbal studies with respected teacher Dr. Jeffrey Yuen in three years of post-graduate training. Through this I learned safe and effective remedies to treat pain conditions, allergies, anxiety, immune, and digestive disorders. It also provided me with a greater appreciation of this elegant medicine’s ability to produce such powerful effects.
In addition to my private office I have been a clinician at a holistic public health clinic since 2007. This has provided me with an immense amount of clinical experience working with diverse individuals who experience chronic pain, compromised immune systems, mental and emotional stress. I am humbled and inspired by the experiences they share with me. As much as I may guide my patients, I equally learn and benefit from the wisdom that they have to share as well.
I have a background in biotechnology, and transitioned into acupuncture after working as a research assistant in a lab at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This was a wonderful experience, but I realized that I wanted to help people directly and not from behind a lab bench. I was introduced to acupuncture through a classmate in my Tai Chi class. The principles of Chinese medicine amazed and inspired me. It acknowledges that our bodies are impacted by the environment, food, and relationships, in addition to physical traumas. It fills in the gaps left by western medical explanations, and empowers us to make changes in our own lives so that we may reach our highest potential.