Sharon McIlwaine, M.A., L.Ac. is a nationally licensed acupuncturist with over 30 years of experience. Her depth of knowledge as a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner has been attained by treating thousands of patients and working with some of the most advanced doctors of Chinese medicine from around the world including Ted Kaptchuck, Bob Flaws, Kiiko Matsumoto, Jeffrey Yuen, Giovanni Machiocca, Leon Hammer, Whitfield Reeves, Julien Scott and others. She feels most indebted to her original teachers, doctors from mainland China, Joanna Chao, Jeffery Pang and Sharon Feng, whose understanding, patience and ability to impart this profound medicine are at the foundation of her practice.
Sharon has advanced certifications in Chinese Herbal Medicine. Sports/ Medical Acupuncture, and Women’s Health. She has practiced in New York, California, Vermont, and Massachusetts and has been on faculty at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine teaching at the graduate level.
Sharon’s introduction to acupuncture was through injuries she experienced as a professional modern dancer. Once her dance career ended, she embarked on the study of Chinese Medicine and never looked back, graduating from both the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston and Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California. She has kept one foot in the studio by teaching Pilates for the past 20 years, and has found it to be an unparalleled tool for maintaining strength and flexibility, postural health, and resistance to injury. She lives with her partner of 41 years, whom she met in a dance class, and her son, a member of American Ballet Theater in Manhattan (who should be touring the world, but instead is grounded, and stuck at home with his parents), their labs, and one very patient kitty.