I’m Sally Rappeport. I have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine since 1998.
I graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in New York, after which I continued my education with many practitioners including Elaine Stern and Jeffrey Yuen. I am Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the NCCAOM. I trained at Lutheran Hospital (2007-08) in obstetrics, and subsequently became part of a study to reduce the number of miscarriages by using acupuncture during labor. I am a labor doula.
A background in dance and Continuum movement enhances my understanding of movement dynamics in relation to musculoskeletal issues and body energetics. Prior to acupuncture school, I practiced shiatsu; and in 2003 I began using Bowen therapy. Bowen involves very gentle manipulations over muscles and other tissue to shift structural alignment. Also, because of my interest in the subtleties of Chinese medicine, I focus much study and effort on developing my pulse-taking skills.
After graduating from PCOM, I opened a private practice and worked part-time as an acupuncturist for two years in substance-abuse clinics and at the Brooklyn Women’s Shelter and for six years at an HIV clinic. I have taught workshops in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and courses at PCOM and The New York College of Health Professions.
For years I have had a particular affinity for medicinal herbs and support the movement to grow Chinese herbs organically in the U.S. This year I’ve joined the board of the High Falls Foundation which promotes this effort. In 2009 I began on my own to deepen my understanding of herbal medicine by delving into texts from the Han dynasty (2000 years ago). These books form the basis for all herb prescriptions since that time. In January 2011, I delved further into the relevance of ancient texts to contemporary medicine by studying with Yaron Seidman. This has greatly enhanced my practice of herbal medicine. I have continued studying with Sharon Weizenbaum in her Graduate Mentorship program and Dr. Feng Shi-Lun. I am now teaching in the herb program at Tri-State College of Acupuncture.
Before practicing Chinese medicine, I ran a daycare program in Brooklyn. In addition to my masters degree in TCM, I have a masters from Bank Street. College for Education, I love treating children.
In my off hours, I practice kyudo (zen archery), pilates and yoga. Gardening, cooking and knitting/crocheting are among my passions.