“My greatest teachers are my patients.” — Mary Beth Hassett, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Mary Beth Hassett graduated from the Masters Degree program at Five Branches Institute in 1997. She has a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine which includes Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Mary Beth also holds a BA in Art History and Spanish from Boston College.
In addition to formal schooling Mary Beth apprenticed with Holly Guzman in Santa Cruz and Ken Pang in San Francisco and later Palo Alto. Holly taught Mary Beth the true subtleties of acupuncture and moxabustion (where an herb, moxa, is burned on or above the skin at acupuncture points). Holly’s work was influenced by Kiiko Matsumo and the benefits of abdominal palpation; as part of a study group, Avi Magidoff furthered Mary Beth’s instruction about Kiiko’s style.
Mary Beth studied more about Japanese acupuncture with a group of blind acupuncture masters from the Toyohari Association in Japan, and through this experience was able to hone her pulse-taking and palpation skills. She completed the Toyohari training program in Washington D.C. in 2001.
In 2006 Mary Beth studied with Sharon Wiezenbaum in Amherst, MA where she completed her two-year Advanced Herbal Studies program as well as a Mandala Acupuncture Program which she now incorporates as part of her treatments. Most recently she is earning a certification in German Auricular Medicine, ear acupuncture, through the Vital Principal Institute.