Trish is licensed by the State of Minnesota.  She is a graduate of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN; Idaho State University, School of Pharmacy in Pocatello, ID and Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine  in New Orleans, LA . She worked at Southpoint Community Acupuncture in Minneapolis before opening SPCA.  Now that she has decided that there will be no more degrees she enjoys talking to her cats, reading, walking and gardening.  Other interests include Star Trek, Doctor Who and any other sci-fi movie, show or book.


Why I do what I do
Working in the healthcare system for many years as a pharmacist and seeing changes that were not always beneficial led me to look into alternative methods of healing.  I learned of a new group called the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) that was bringing acupuncture to the public in an accessible way: affordable and convenient. I knew that providing accessible holistic healthcare was  my future . Over the years CAN  became  the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) of which we are proud to be a member.   POCA , a multi-stakeholder co-op, is designed to build a long-term, stable economic relationship based on fair treatment for everyone.  If you are interested in learning more about community acupuncture read Fractal available through POCA or at the clinic.

Private v. Community – What’s the Difference?

In private settings, the practitioner will typically spend 30-45 minutes on an intake, assessment and consultation. The client is then treated in a private room, usually on a massage table. Sometimes there may be needles inserted both on the front and the back of the body. The private acupuncturist may provide additional therapies, such as cupping, massage, and moxibustion, and may recommend lifestyle changes. The needle retention time is usually precisely limited in this setting, as the private room may need to be available for the next appointment.

Our community acupuncture clinic is set up similarly to acupuncture clinics in many Asian countries. Because we have a high-volume clinic, we get a lot of practice giving a wide variety of treatments every single day. We are very skilled in making a quick and efficient assessment and providing an effective personalized treatment. We specifically study acupuncture methods well-suited for delivering results in a community setting in order to offer skilled care at affordable rates to more people. However, we are usually not able to offer any one client extra consultation time or additional modalities, except for occasional cupping when warranted.

We encourage our clients to take a deep rest during their acupuncture sessions and to decide on their own how long they wish to relax after needle insertion. Many of our clients report significant benefits from being allowed to self-regulate the length of time for resting with the needles.

For those who prefer more privacy and more “talking time” along with their acupuncture, there are many excellent practitioners in the Twin Cities offering private treatments.

Contact Information
You may call us at 651-207-6865. We will call back as soon as possible.  Please note that because we are closed Wednesdays and Fridays so you might not get a return call on those days.


Interested in Learning More:
There’s An Acupuncture Co-op! – Co-Option: researching the worker cooperative model