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Allison Camire in her practice.

Visually Impaired NESA Alum Opens Acupuncture Clinic in Beverly

  • During her sophomore year at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Allison Camire began losing her vision. She was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a rare, genetic disorder that affects the cells in the retina - the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. Though her vision is failing, she has never lost sight of her goal to become an acupuncturist.

    Always interested in health, Allison tried acupuncture in college to find relief for some health issues unrelated to her RP diagnosis. "I went to a chiropractor, who recommended acupuncture," she said. "I never expected it to be a miracle cure, but eventually, my health issues stabilized."

    After earning her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Saint Joseph's, she decided to enroll at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' New England School of Acupuncture. Graduating with a Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine last August, Allison recently opened North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine in Beverly, Massachusetts.

    What makes her clinic so unique? Allison is the only visually impaired practitioner on the east coast. She uses her extensive training with blind practitioners in Japan to strengthen her other senses and practice under a heightened scope of healing.

    Read more about Allison and her clinic. If you're interested in learning more about our acupuncture programs, check out our undergraduate Health Sciences/Acupuncture, dual degree pathway or our masters and doctoral programs.

    Photo Credit: Wicked Local Photo David Sokol