Join Our Cooperative !

PCA is part of The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. And, NOW, YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER of our cooperative!. The more of you sign up, the stronger we’ll be as a clinic and as a now international movement to make acupuncture more affordable and effective. If you’re still wondering why you should become a member, our top ten reasons are below. 

In short, you are the reason we exist, and we want to do more for you and give you the opportunity to have more of a say.

1) To keep acupuncture affordable here in Providence.
2) To get connected to a now international movement and join one of the most fun
and hard working bunch of people you’ll ever meet.
3) To help us create community acupuncture clinics in parts of the country that desperately need them.
4) So that you can have more of a say in how we do things.
5) To help create more jobs for acupuncturists in Rhode Island and beyond.
6) To get three “First Treatment Free” cards for use at any clinic.
7) To receive a free birthday treatment every year.
8) To participate in occasional fun-having at the clinic.
9) To find volunteer opportunities within our clinic and within the larger organization.
10) To help provide a working model for sustainable, ethical, and affordable healthcare practice.
11) To receive a subscription to our monthly newsletter, Sticking Together.

I know that’s actually eleven reasons. And, there’s actually lots more. You can find all the info
and sign up at the clinic.

 By becoming a member you’re not committing yourself to any extra work or participation, but you are giving us a huge hand in resource and spirit by supporting us in doing what we do.

Why get treated with other people?

In “Strength in Numbers”, a community acupunk asks the question “why would you want to receive acupuncture alone? This is a small article from the website of Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture.

And, if you’re interested in that kind of thing, here’s a decidedly further out article from one of our own that talks about “group qi”.

H a P p Y b I r T h D a Y
Providence Community Acupuncture

Come one, come all! On Friday, February 24th, from 2 to 6 pm, we’ll be celebrating 5 years of healing at Providence Community Acupuncture. We’d like to say thank you to all the wonderful people (you) who’ve helped us grow and allowed us to treat thousands upon thousands in the R.I area. We’ll provide free treatments in a festive, live-music filled clinic.

Multi-instrumentalists and singers Cathy Clasper-Torch and Ellen Santaniello will breathing beautiful sounds into the space. Healthy snacks will be available. And, all your favorite acupuncturists will be there, eager to visit with you or answer questions.

Stay tuned for more details.

And, all this month, be sure to get your Frequent Recliner card at the front desk. You’re just 5 treatments away from a free treatment! That’s five years of PCA, 5 treatments, high five!

Ever Thought About Becoming an Acupunk?

We get asked all the time about what it it takes to become an acupuncturist. How long is the schooling, etc? And, many patients who come to community acupuncture get really interested in the idea of going to school, themselves, and becoming a licensed acupuncturist. We are flattered to the extent that these patients’ experience at our clinic led them to a love of acupuncture or a curiosity about being a community “acupunk”. There is so much information we’d like to share about these questions in order to help people think about whether it makes sense for them to pursue an acupuncture education.

We’ve been talking and blogging about how PCA is now a member of The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. This new coop which will help to create new and nourish existing community acupuncture clinics also has a goal of radically changing acupuncture education in this country. We want to make acupuncture training accessible and affordable to working people and students from families with working class or middle class incomes. Currently, many students come out of acupuncture school with $100,000 worth of debt and statistically bleak prospects for earning a living as a full-time acupuncturist. We think this can and will change as we create more and more community acupuncture clinics which will create more and more living wage jobs for acupuncturists, and as we create a more rational and less profit-driven system of training and licensing competent and caring acupunks.

If you’d like some more information about the current state of affairs around acu education, and about the direction we’d like to move in as a national organization, please explore these two articles written by owners of of other community acupuncture clinics.
“So…You Want to Be an Acupuncturist” from Turning Point Community Acupuncture in Frederick, Md.
“I Want to Become an Acupuncturist” from Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, Or.