The year was 2008, the place was Olympia; on a quiet street off a busy street, the Community Acupuncture Studio opened its doors, and in its first week treated just 12 people. Since then, and with enormous help from our patients and from our community, we have gone through mountains of cotton balls, and we've given tens of thousands of acupuncture treatments.
Tacoma residents have been asking for affordable acupuncture options for years. With phone calls on a weekly basis from folks in the Tacoma area inquiring about nearby affordable acupuncture options, we've decided to do something about it. In August, 2013 we opened a second location in downtown Tacoma. We are thrilled that they no longer have to drive to Seattle or Olympia to get the care they're seeking for a price they can afford.
Gianna Prill (McManus) is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. Originally from the Northeast, she fell in love with the mountains and wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 almost immediately after finishing school, she took root in Olympia and opened the doors to CAS. When she's not working at the clinic, you might find her mountain biking in Capitol Forest, snowboarding in the mountains or enjoying a movie at the Theater downtown.
Brian Cooper is a licensed acupuncturist who received his Masters from the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston. Brian enjoys using a variety of styles and making Chinese medicine more available to the public. After practicing for a couple of years in Texas he chose to relocate to Washington for its natural beauty and people. He looks forward to further exploring the various mountains and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest in his free time.
Alex Flores graduated with a Masters degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. He is board certified by the NCCAOM and is a NADA certified detox specialist. After graduating, Alex spent some time in Seoul, South Korea studying Oriental Medicine. He loves working to make these treatments more accessible and enjoys the Community Acupuncture setting. When he’s not poking people with needles, Alex is out there living and loving life. You might see him on his Harley or sipping on a drink in the local coffee shop.
CAS is a proud member and supporter of the POCA co-op.