Sharon McIlwaine is a nationally licensed acupuncturist with over 30 years of experience. She has practiced in New York, California, Vermont & Massachusetts and was on faculty at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the University of CA/Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA., where she lived for 15 years.
Her many years of experience give her work as a TCM practitioner, a depth of knowledge attained only through working with hundreds of patients. Her background as a professional dancer and instructor of dance, pilates and yoga, as well as her advanced trainings in postural analysis and sports medical acupuncture inform her work with those in physical duress and pain.
Sharon’s advanced training and work with women in the areas of infertility, PMS, menopausal disorders and breast cancer support make her an excellent acupuncture therapist for women seeking support in these areas. As well she trained with the founder and creator of Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, Martha Luca, Ph D., L.Ac. and provides this specialized facial protocol at Burlington Acupuncture.
Sharon practiced for 20 years in Montpelier, VT, while raising her children in the tiny village of Worcester, VT. When her son was invited to train at American Ballet Theater in Manhattan, she moved there with him, and started a practice in NY which she maintained for 5 years. When her son turned 18, he was invited to be a part of the American Ballet Theatre. Sharon sold her NY practice and moved back to VT. She and her long term partner decided to make Burlington their home. She opened Burlington Acupuncture in the fall of 2018.
Sharon has trained personally with some of the world’s leading Chinese Medical doctors and authors including Bob Flaws, Jeffrey Yuen, Kiiko Matsumoto, Leon Hammer, Lillian Bridges, Whitfield Reeves, Stephen Birch, and Martha Lucas. She is deeply honored to have been able to study with each of these practitioners and feels incredibly lucky to have honed her skills with their guidance. She is also indebted to her original yoga teacher, Dharma Mittra, whose teaching changed the course of her life 40 years ago.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Burlington community.