Yoga by the Sea


Susana Byers is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She earned a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. In addition, Susana is also certified in Clean Needle Technique by the Council of Colleges and Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Susana is licensed to practice acupuncture in California, Massachusetts, and New York.
Susana has extensive clinical experience treating a wide variety of conditions ranging from the simple common cold to advanced cancer. At the Pacific College Acupuncture Center she completed more than 950 clinical hours and treated hundreds of patients. She also has experience caring for women with multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases Initiative for Women with Disabilities. In addition, Susana has treated numerous patients for chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center of New York.
For most of her life, Susana has been interested in the field of natural healing and holistic medicine. She first discovered acupuncture and oriental medicine when she was a busy television producer in New York City looking for balance and stress reduction for herself. Later, when a close friend was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, she saw how the power of acupuncture and oriental medicine relieved pain and improved quality of life. These experiences convinced Susana of the effectiveness of Oriental Medicine to both treat illness and maintain wellness. Encouraged by her enthusiasm, she decided to dedicate her life to the practice of acupuncture and the study of Oriental Medicine.
To best serve her patients, Susana regularly attends classes. She is certified in Constitutional Facial Renewal by the Chi-Akra Center. In 2008, she completed a one-year program in Chinese medical aromatherapy taught by Jeffery Yuen. In addition, she has successfully completed courses in Zheng Gu Tui Na, SUJOK® hand and foot acupuncture, Master Tung Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine weight loss and cellulite reduction, Acupuncture in Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, and Trauma and Wilderness First Aid.



I started my studies of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2000.  For three years after graduating in 2003, I had a private practice in Poulsbo, WA.  I moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2006, and was thrilled to find a space in Sharon Weizenbaum’s practice, White Pine Healing Arts.  And not just any space, it came with an extensive herbal pharmacy which allowed me to continue my practice and study of Chinese Herbal Medicine, and I quickly realized that the space was large enough to accommodate the sliding-scale community clinic that I had been waiting for the right time and place to open.  Shortly thereafter, in 2007, I started up Amherst Community Acupuncture.  The mission and vision of this clinic has always been to allow as many people as possible in the community to benefit from good, thorough, attentive care with Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Cupping, and Moxibustion.  We’ve kept the price low all these years….

I have continued my study of this medicine since graduating from SIOM in 2003.  I am regularly taking part in workshops and seminars with the likes of Kiiko Matsumoto, Nigel Dawes, Huang Huang, Chip Chace and Dan Bensky.  My practice is always evolving, building on lessons learned from these great teachers, and lessons learned every day in my work with patients.  I believe in a very interactive style of acupuncture practice, in which I am listening very carefully to my patients bodies, and adjusting and building the treatment around their needs, as I feel them in my hands.  I do not specialize in the treatment of any particular conditions.  On the contrary, I really enjoy the diversity of people and concerns that find their way into the clinic.