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Mara Carlini L. Ac

Mara Carlini L. Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) began her journey of Chinese medicine when she explored the balance of Yin and Yang through art (see www.artdesignsbymara.com). The Yin and Yang theme represents balance of physical and spiritual aspects. While exploring the balance of Yin and Yang in art, she also explored Yin and Yang through the practice of yoga and meditation to reduce stress in her own life.  Through exploring yoga, dietary nutrition, and Chinese medicine philosophies, Mara thus began her journey of Chinese medicine at the Finger Lakes School for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) where she received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM).  Mara now practices as a PA Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, tuina Chinese massage, and qigong/meditation techniques.  She also continues to create art, including mandalas, and offers Mandala painting workshops at the Brain Health Center.

Mara and her husband, Dr. Brent Carlini, offer free meditations & free-service "happy hours" at the Brain Health Center in Wexford. See their website for more information about dates & events: www.mindfullivingpittsburgh.com
  Services Description

TCM  - Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete healing system developed over 2000 years ago that can be used alone or in conjunction with other medical systems.  Along with its long and well-documented history, it continues to evolve with research and modern clinical experience. TCM theory states that when blockages and imbalances occur in the body, these blockages need removed by bringing the body back into balance.  Its principle focus is to strengthen the body's natural defense system to enhance healing and maintain quality health.
TCM is known for its five main modalities to treat disease and strengthen the body. 
This includes Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui na (Chinese medical massage), Chinese dietary therapy, and qigong.  Using these modalities together, a specific treatment is developed to meet the individualized needs of the body presented. TCM is a medical model that focuses on treating the root problem, not only the branch symptom that may occur. This approach is holistic as the body is intimately interconnected, and each modality strives to heal at all levels.Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses very thin, single use, sterile needles, which are inserted into specific points on the body. Insertion is relatively pain free and many patients may feel warm, heavy, tingly or gentle achy sensation at the site of the needle.   Most treatments use 6-12 needles and are retained for 20 minutes.  This gives the acupuncture time to promote the body's natural healing response.  This treatment is generally relaxing and the patient often times may leave the office with immediate symptom relief.   Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine therapy puts individual herbs together to make formulas. These formulas are tailored specifically for the individual and their condition. These formulas are taken internally as a pill, granules, or decoction (similar to tea).  The function of Chinese herbs supports the body in between acupuncture visits.  Chinese herbs are useful for almost all conditions. Tui Na Chinese Massage

Tui na is a type of Chinese therapeutic massage that incorporates stimulating acupuncture points and channels on the body with vigorous rubbing, kneading, and pressing.  Tui na is used for most physical conditions, as well as internal conditions, and It is especially effective for children. Rates
See www.mindfullivingpittsburgh.com for service rates. Contact Mara
Call: 724-493-9749
Email: mindfullivingpittsburgh@gmail.com
Book Online: www.mindfullivingpittsburgh.com


Sharon Gallagher Dipl., Ac. is a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist in the Pittsburgh area.   For over 2 decades, her vibrant practice has helped literally thousands of people.   Sharon has a Baccalaureate of Fine Arts from Stevens College and her Masters in Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Center of Naples, where she mastered the gentle Japanese style of acupuncture (known as painless acupuncture).   Her advanced education and licensure consisted of comprehensive study of Eastern and Western medicine and an intensive three-year clinical internship.

Sharon has continued her study of acupuncture with a focus on woman's health issues.   She has been trained and mentored by the distinguished Dr. Yitian Ni, considered to be one of the world’s most renowned practitioners (OB/GYN, physician to the royal family and featured on Discovery health channel prior to her untimely passing).   Sharon has been able to continue the unique Dr Ni method of facilitating fertility and hormonal balance.

Sharon is committed to promoting health, balance, longevity and preventing disease.   Featured on local television (KDKA evening news, morning show and radio and WPXI evening news), she’s a keynote speaker and the subject of numerous print articles.   Sharon is currently accepting new patients by appointment, for more information please call 724-513-9029.

Conditions she treats:

Woman's health concerns (fertility)
Gynecological problems
Arthritis and chronic pain - headaches and migraines
Sports related injuries
Tobacco smoking cessation
Cardiovascular issues - high blood pressure- poor circulation- angina
Digestive issues
Muscular skeletal - back pain - carpal tunnel syndrome
Nervous system- bell’s palsy- respiratory urogenital