Kathy Tamilio-Awed, MAcOM
Since the early 1990s, Kathy has been recognized as an expert in integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture’89, becoming one of the first graduates of the Masters program of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.
Owner/Director of Acupuncture Associates of Worcester/Leominster
Community Acupuncture Program Coordinator for Holy Cross College & WPI
Contributing Acupuncturist for NESA/Department of Defense on "The effectiveness of acupuncture for Gulf War Illness (GWI)" Program
Since the early 1990s, Kathy has been recognized as an expert in integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture’89, becoming one of the first graduates of the Masters program of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In 1991 she established Acupuncture Associates of Worcester and in 2013 merged her practice with Acupuncture Associates of Leominster. Expanding into two locations has been an exciting endeavor and with the hopes of reaching more people she plans to achieve a life long goal to educate and promote the use of Natural Medicine.
Why Kathy became an Acupuncturist:
At some point in our lives, anyone of us may find ourselves touched by illness, either our own or a loved one’s, as I learned when I was 15 years old, my late mother fell ill to Multiple Sclerosis and a year later I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. This experience opened up a whole new world to me. A world that I would not have sought or wished for, but one that taught me so much. Both of these experiences and all I learned from them awakened to me to what is missing from mainstream health care, and it inspired me to become the healer that I am today. It inspired me to join others in the movement to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western Medicine. There is no doubt that at the moment of crisis and vulnerability, conventional medicine is critical in treating many diseases, but our science does not embrace the spirit of wholeness essential to authentic caring for patients and their families. Every one of us needs and deserves true caring at those times. Through sitting at my mothers bedside and being the patient with friends and family at my bedside, I discovered that even a few simple acts of healing can soften and transform a painful experience into one of comfort and hope. Just being present to listen and share concerns is so powerful. Whether it’s offering the scent of a therapeutic oil, the healing touch of reiki or an acupuncture treatment, there’s much we can do and must do for people facing illness.
At one time or another, the people we love and care about may need this kind of care and we may need it ourselves. When we take time to be present, the results are physical and tangible and also emotional and spiritual. MS caused severe leg pain and spasms. Massage and prayer gave my mom physical relief as well as spiritual comfort, calmed her anxiety, centered her mind and eased her pain. I am inspired to offer this type of care to others. I will continue to promote these services in hospital and community healthcare settings where people need it most.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been the guiding philosophy not only in my life, but also in the lives of my children. During the home births of my children I used Acupuncture for pain relief. As my children continue to grow they have incorporate the 5 branches of Chinese Medicine into their lives, studying TaiChi ChiGong, Chinese dietetics and herbal medicine. It has been extremely rewarding to know that they have a natural affinity to Chinese Medicine. I will never forget the life experiences that led me to this amazing profession and feel fortunate to have stumbled upon the healing art of Chinese Medicine. I especially feel gratitude for all the patients that I have worked with over the years. To experience their courage, strength and determination to heal despite the many challenges that they have had to overcome has truly been an inspiration. I work with the same enthusiasm and dedication as I did over 25 years ago. I welcome the opportunity to be your healthcare partner and invite you to explore the profound effects that acupuncture can have on your life.
Erika Ehnstrom-Carr BSN, RN, M. Ac, Lic
Erika has dedicated her life to healing in both Western and Eastern medical models. She Graduated in 1998 from UMASS Amherst with a BS Nursing.There she was introduced to Eastern therapies such as TaiChi and Ayuvedic Medicine. She moved to NYC to work at NYU and started to practice and study yoga. In 2000 she returned to Boston and worked in Nursing at Mass General Hospital. Her curiosity and interest in Eastern Medicine led her to study Acupuncture at the New England School of Acupuncture. In 2002, after giving birth to her first child she began her Masters degree in Acupuncture. She is a licensed by Board of Registration in Medicine to practice Acupuncture and Lifestyle Counseling. She has a comprehensive understanding of the human body, having trained in both systems of medicine. This allows her to share her medical knowledge of Western diseases with her patients and help them understand when it is appropriate and necessary to incorporate a complementary treatment plan of Acupuncture to help them reach their health care goals.
Since 2007, while raising her three children, Erika has been practicing acupuncture in the Leominster, Fitchburg, Worcester area as well as working as a nurse at MGH.
Contact Kathy Tamilio-Awed
Acupuncture Associates of Leominster
DIRECTIONS: 42 LANCASTER ST. LEOMINSTER, MA 01453
Routes 12, 13, and 117 all lead into the center of Leominster to Main Street.
From Rte 2: Take exit 31A and follow Rte 12 South to North Main Street towards downtown Leominster.
At the corner of Main Street and Monument Square/Park St, turn left onto Monument Square/Park St and continue onto Central St.
Turn left onto Lancaster St (Rt 117). Our office is located on the left, at the corner of Lancaster St and SteepleView Way.
Ample parking is available in the rear of the office (via SteepleView Way).