OUR MISSION is to provide our community with access to affordable, quality acupuncture and to create living wage jobs for our workers. Together with community acupuncture clinics and (POCA) co-op members across the North America, we are making affordable acupuncture commonplace.
ALL OF OUR ACUPUNCTURISTS have completed the required training and certifications for acupuncturists and are licensed by the state of Rhode Island to practice. Please note: RI’s licensing titles for acupuncturists: “Doctor of Acupuncture” or D.Ac. and “Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine” or DACM, are unique. In most states our title is simply Licensed Acupuncturist or L.Ac. We are NOT medical doctors.
PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE has been providing affordable acupuncture in Providence since 2006. Our peaceful, welcoming clinic provided almost 154,000 treatments since then; that’s over 2 million needles!!! We are a social business and depend solely on our patient fees to support the clinic. Help us keep providing affordable acupuncture by spreading the word about us and the community acupuncture movement across the country.
At PCA, we practice Liberation Acupuncture and Trauma Informed Care. Liberation Acupuncture affirms that individual health and disease do not exist, and cannot be understood or addressed, apart from social conditions – particularly injustice, inequality, and the pervasive influence of traumatic stress.
Trauma Informed Care recognizes that traumatic experiences terrify, overwhelm, and violate the individual. Trauma Informed Care is a commitment not to repeat these experiences and, in whatever way possible, to restore a sense of safety, power, and self-worth.
PCA? POCA? WHAT?
It can be a little confusing, but our clinic, PCA (Providence Community Acupuncture) is part of POCA (The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture.) POCA is an international, cooperative made up of clinics, acu-punks, and patients who want to support the spread of community acupuncture. For more information and the benefits of joining POCA click here.
PCA as a clinic is completely supported by patient fees. POCA, on the other hand is supported by membership dues, which are paid annually. You do not need to join POCA to be a patient at PCA, but if you do, you can take advantage of periodic POCA related specials, and the knowledge that you are supporting people all over the country getting access to care at clinics just like this one.