Ariel Wachowiak, MSAOM, L.Ac., grew up in New Hampshire. She competed in ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer. A lifelong athlete, Ariel understands the unique challenges that athletes face in achieving optimal performance and injury recovery. Ariel's ice hockey career continued at the University of Vermont, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Speech Disorders. Here, she became a mentor, advocate, and leader for sexual abuse survivors, which continues to motivate her professional practice in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Ariel received two Masters of Science degrees in Acupuncture (MSA) and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College. After graduation, she continued her studies at an integrative hospital in Hangzhou, China. She began her career at the New Hampshire seacoast before expanding her practice to Buffalo, NY. She maintains her national accreditation status from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as well as dual licensure in New Hampshire and New York.
As a graduate student, Ariel become suddenly ill with a rare, potentially fatal disease known as Guillian Barre Syndrome, resulting in acute ascending paralysis. She received daily treatment of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and, slowly but surely, regained the strength to walk.
She is continually inspired by the transformation and healing that she witnesses from patients in her clinic. Ariel emphasizes addressing the body’s constitution, or state of the body before illness, to find the origin of the disease.
Ariel has a passion for using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to support individuals with Lyme Disease, autoimmune disorders, reproductive health, trauma survivors, supportive oncology care, and complex medical conditions.