Julie Suarez Cormier
Julie Suarez Cormier, Lic. Ac., MAOM, is an NCCAOM board-certified Diplomate in Acupuncture, as well as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbologist in Vermont. She holds a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the New England School of Acupuncture. During the intensive 3 1/2 year program at NESA she studied Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, Chinese herbology, nutrition, and Qi Gong. Since graduating Julie has continued her education, most notably with the late Dr. Richard Tan, from whom she learned distal needling techniques and the Balance Method of acupuncture; Peter Holmes, L.Ac., owner of Snow Lotus Essential Oils; and Michael Peluso, L.Ac., with whom she is currently studying Medical Pulse Diagnosis (c).
Julie apprenticed with several acupuncturists in Central Vermont in the late 90‘s, and opened her first practice in New York City in 2001. She co-founded Acupuncture on Park, LLP, in midtown Manhattan with two of her colleagues from acupuncture school. While treating a variety of disorders, they specialized in infertility and held weekly support groups and informational seminars for their patients. Julie opened New York City’s first community acupuncture clinic in Astoria, Queens in 2007. After starting a family she and her husband Lester, who you will sometimes see working at the clinic, returned to Julie's home state of Vermont in 2010. Since founding Vermont Community Acupuncture in Burlington, Julie has personally provided over 23,000 acupuncture treatments to Vermonters. At VCA Julie's focus has been on the management of chronic pain and illness, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Julie began her career in wholistic medicine after graduating with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, where her focus was Genetics and Developmental Biology. She finds that her background in scientific research is a useful complement to her Traditional Chinese Medicine approach, especially when working with clients' primary care physicians. Integrating Western and Eastern medicine is her specialty!
Marlena is a licensed Acupuncturist in Vermont, Connecticut and New York state. She is board certified through NCCAOM in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, is an awarded diplomat of Oriental Medicine and Yi Ren Qi Gong practitioner and level 1 instructor.
Having practiced as a massage therapist for 12 years, Marlena decided to deepen her knowledge by attending Bastyr University to complete a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Collectively, Marlena has been in the alternative healing arts for over a decade. Marlena has worked and volunteered in international Acupuncture clinics and seminars around the world, providing her with a more global perspective on health and wellness.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine resonates with Marlena because of its foundation based on the observation of nature and its holistic approach. Drawing on all her skills and experience, Marlena specializes in pain management, internal medicine. chronic disease, stress reduction, facial rejuvenation, and overall wellbeing. She’s very excited to have the opportunity to serve the community.
Hanna Curry DeFuria
Hanna Curry DeFuria, L.Ac, received her Master's of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Subsequently, she acquired national board certification and is now licensed in both NY and VT.
In 2013, Hanna elevated her education in the fields of acupuncture, herbology, Chinese nutritional therapy and tui na massage while working in Chinese hospitals in both Chengdu and Shanghai.
Soon thereafter, she volunteered with a nonprofit in rural Nepal treating isolated communities in the Himalayas. Returning home, Hanna is excited to share the knowledge and experience she gained abroad, here in the states. Her love for the medicine and nurturing others inspires Hanna's individualized treatment plans and ability to help place health back in the hands of her patients. Hanna is happy to be able to give back to the Burlington community.
Julie Bibleheimer is a Vermont and Oregon licensed acupuncturist certified by The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She attended the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. With acupuncture, Julie treats a variety of conditions including headaches, back pain, sleep disorders, weight management, anxiety and depression, colds and flu, digestive disorders, chronic and acute pain, reproductive and gynecological issues. Her goal in using Chinese Medicine is to remind each patient of what it feels like to be their original, whole self. In treating the root, rather than the symptom, of disease in the body, Julie brings her patients back to their natural birthright of health and integration.
Julie also utilizes Chinese herbology, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching to assist her clients. She works with each client to create a personalized treatment plan. She offers a nurturing and attuned presence to ease the healing process.
Matthew Stone, Lic. Ac., MSOM, received his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM and is currently a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Vermont.
During his 3-year program, Matthew was introduced to Classical Chinese Medicine, a theoretical framework built upon the teachings found in ancient Chinese texts, which is often left out of the curriculum in modern acupuncture schools. As a result, Matthew participated in a year-long mentorship, outside of his graduate studies, with a practitioner who specialized in Classical Chinese Medicine. This mentorship involved over 135 hours of classroom and clinical observation where Matthew learned how to utilize alternative acupuncture channels and pathways in order to effectively treat chronic illness, emotional issues, and pain.
Matthew received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in 2009. His senior thesis focused on music as a sense of place, which involved thru-hiking the Long Trail and writing original musical compositions that weaved his own experiences with the history of the trail. Chinese Medicine is a truly natural science that is grounded in spirit and the heart, a combination that resonates greatly with Matthew and how he views himself as a practitioner. He is very excited to be back home in Vermont, and is humbled and honored that he is able to give back to a community that has given him so much. It is his goal to create a safe environment and provide effective clinical services to his patients, enabling them to envision and live a life free of illness.