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Catherine E. Allen, LicAc, MAOM, MSc

Catherine Catherine earned a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2007, where she studied Japanese Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. In addition to treating a variety of chronic disorders and pain, her clinical education included working with women in a residential treatment facility for substance abuse, as well as HIV-positive patients at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital.

Catherine graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2009 with a Master of Science in Pain Research, Education, and Policy, making her one of a handful of acupuncturists in the country with this specialized pain management degree. As part of her Master's thesis at Tufts, Catherine was the acupuncturist and co-investigator for the first acupuncture research study to be approved by the Maine Medical Center Institutional Review Board: Using Acupuncture to Impact Pain and Quality of Life in a Community-Based Pediatric Palliative Care Program.

Her post-graduate education includes training in Shonishin, a Japanese acupuncture style developed specifically for pediatrics, as well as acupuncture for side effects of cancer and chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She is also trained in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, a centuries old technique used with great success by emperors and other wealthy elite in China. Little known or publicized in the United States, cosmetic acupuncture, like all Chinese medicine treatments, works on balancing the body as a whole as well as treating facial wrinkles and sagging, and is a healthy alternative to more invasive techniques like plastic surgery or injections.

In December 2013, Catherine traveled to Africa with The PanAfrican Acupuncture Project and assisted in training healthcare workers at Kisoro Hospital in Kisoro, Uganda to use acupuncture. She has guest lectured at Southern Maine Community College and Maine Region Ten Technical High School, and has presented at workshops for Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Catherine is a member of the Maine Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the Society for Acupuncture Research.

White Peony
The white peony root, known in Chinese as bai shao, is commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine to relieve pain. Catherine chose the white peony for her practice name because it has significance for both the Oriental medicine and Western pain management aspects of her training.

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