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NESA faculty (from left to right): Stephen Cina, Maria Broderick, Collins Allen

NESA Faculty Honored at Annual Appeal

  • During the New England School of Acupuncture’s (NESA) 2019 Annual Appeal, three members of the school’s faculty were celebrated for excellence in acupuncture education. Meredith St. John, NESA’s Dean, honored (pictured above from left to right) Stephen Cina, MAOM, LicAc, ATC, MASM CES, Maria Broderick, EdD, MAOM, LicAc, and Collins "CJ" Allen, MAc, LicAc, Dipl CH, for their dedication to educating the next generation of Chinese Medicine providers.

    “Whether demonstrating advanced skills to colleagues in interprofessional classes with Physical Therapy, establishing exciting new clinical placements, or supporting students’ achievement of academic success, our faculty fulfill NESA’s promise,” says Dean St. John. “Our acupuncturists are well prepared to serve in independent practices, or as part of team-based care in integrative medicine.”

    Dean St. John praised all three educators for continuously inspiring and mentoring students as they demonstrate acupuncture’s power to relieve pain and suffering and promote health and wellbeing.

    The first of the three faculty members, Steve Cina, focuses on creating interprofessional educational opportunities in which NESA students simulate treating chronic pain cases with physical therapy students. “In these experiences, NESA students share their knowledge and skills, and students representing other disciplines learn the value of acupuncture in team-based care,” says Cina. In the future, he hopes to establish similar programs collaborating with other University programs.

    The second honoree, Maria Broderick, is Director of both Clinical Education and the Doctor of Acupuncture & Integrative Health (DAIH) program at NESA. She works with clinical affiliates to ensure that students have access to rewarding placements.

    “Those placements provide some of the most inspiring learning experiences of NESA’s programs: treating pediatric pain, managing chronic pain in elders, and improving resilience in cancer care providers,” says Broderick.

    Clinical placements in some of the leading hospitals in the region also help attract prospective students who are selecting a top quality program that helps build their future resume.

    CJ Allen, the final honoree, has been teaching for 14 years. He loves getting to know students individually and supports them through academic and personal challenges, with the goal of helping each student succeed. CJ is also a frequent guest lecturer for students and faculty in other programs.

    “I have a passion for my role as a healthcare practitioner of Chinese Medicine,” says Allen. “I enjoy sharing its traditions and clinical practice with students and colleagues.”

    Interested in a future in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine? The New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS prepares students for meaningful careers in healthcare.