Who We Are.
Stuck Community Acupuncture, Inc is Federal 501c3 Nonprofit Organization. What that means is that no one person owns the clinic, the clinic is owned and supported by the community and overseen by a board of directors. We decided to become a nonprofit to separate the issue of money from healthcare. We believe acupuncture should be available to everyone as a routine health care option. For this reason, we practice community-supported acupuncture, a communal style of treatment with a sliding scale of payment affordable to most every income.
Stuck Community Acupuncture is committed to providing effective and affordable acupuncture to the residents of Northern Arizona and to educating the public on the use of acupuncture and its related healing modalities as accessible healthcare options.
Why Community Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been a community based medicine for most of its long history. In Asia, acupuncture has traditionally been practiced in group rather than individual settings. For acupuncture to be most effective, patients need to receive it frequently and regularly—far more frequently and regularly than most people can afford to pay. Treating in a group setting makes it available to the people, the way the medicine was meant to be.
Stuck Community Acupuncture is part of a growing movement of full-time community acupuncture clinics that are returning to this tradition. Community acupuncturists focus on using “distal” points (below the knee and elbow, and on the head and neck) so that patients can remain fully clothed during treatment. We use comfy recliners instead of treatment tables and meditative music plays while you rest. As a result many patients find themselves falling into a relaxing sleep during the treatment waking up feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Learn more about the Community Acupuncture Concept:
People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture – A multi-stakeholder cooperative of practitioners, patients, and supporters whose goal is to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible by promoting the practice of offering acupuncture in community settings. Anyone can join!
POCA Locate a Clinic – Not in Flagstaff? Find a community acupuncture clinic near you!
Acupuncture for All – Article about community acupuncture in the Winter 2008 issue of Yes! Magazine.
Meet Stephani Sarnoski, Stuck’s Head Sticktress
Stephani Sarnoski has graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University and the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Arizona and a NCCAOM Diplomate in Acupuncture.
When she’s not poking people, she can usually be found with her family on their little micro-farm milking goats and growing food.