The number one question I get asked is: “What made you decided to become an acupuncturist?” It’s true, Acupuncture is definitely a unique choice for a career, but for me however, it was a “no-brainer.”
Many acupuncturists get into their careers through amazing personal experiences they have had with the medicine. They might have had a severe injury or illness and acupuncture was the one thing they could rely on more than any other medical approach.
This has inspired many acupuncture careers and it makes for a great story of hope for many people, but that’s not what happened with me. In fact, I can count on one hand the amount of acupuncture treatments I had received when I started my Masters in Acupuncture.
My exposure to the medicine was through my grandfather who was both a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. He was also a child at heart and LOVED to tease anyone and everyone for his own amusement.
Imagine walking into your grandparent’s house for a visit at four or five years old, and your grandfather is on the couch with needles sticking out of his arms, legs, and head. Instead of saying hello, he would say “It’s your turn next!” in a tone that sends chills down your spine. Let’s just say that by the second or third occurrence, I had my hiding spots picked out in that house. I can still hear my grandmother chiding him for scaring my siblings and I and remember him getting a good chuckle out of it.
You would think that would stick with me and make me stay away from needles, but my grandfather also loved to take us to his office and show off his grand kids to his patients. This made a real impression on me. He had an entire community very well taken care of, who loved him and would tell stories of all the wonderful things he helped them with. He made a huge difference in many people’s lives during a time when acupuncture wasn’t always that well received.
Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away when I was six. His loss was felt in a very big way by his community, and this too made an impression on me.
I knew even at six years old, that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives just like he did. I was fortunate to have friends and family that always encouraged me to follow that path and that’s what I did!
To this day, I still hear stories about “Doc” when I visit my grandmother and after all these years, he still inspires me to do my best in my lifelong dream. I consider what I do a great honor and responsibility and wake up every morning grateful for the path I took.
I am the luckiest person in the world to be doing what I love, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for stopping by my website. If you have any questions regarding your specific ailment or need additional information, please feel free to call me at (715) 716-5909.
Dr. Wasson attended Northwestern Health Sciences University after undergrad at University of Minnesota-Duluth with B.S. in biology and completed her Masters of Acupuncture in 2013. Along with her classroom education she completed 690 hours as an intern in various clinics, including private and public health clinics and at the University of Minnesota - Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, MN where she had the opportunity to treat post-surgical pain (to lessen the use of opioids after surgeries) and various conditions causing high risk pregnancy.
Dr. Wasson has also received specialized training in stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, women’s health, and pediatrics at the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin and Tianjin University for Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.
In 2015, she opened her acupuncture clinic, River Point Family Acupuncture in Hudson, WI and continues to serve Hudson and the surrounding communities with quality healthcare.
To better serve her community, Dr. Wasson continued her education and received her doctorate in 2017 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA and is now a Doctor of Acupuncture. Her focus is on the family, as she loves treating people of all ages with a variety of conditions.
BS in Biology – University of MN-Duluth
Master of Acupuncture – Northwestern Health Sciences University-Bloomington, MN
Advanced specialized training in stroke rehabilitation, women’s health and pediatrics – Tianjin University for Traditional Chinese Medicine
Doctor of Acupuncture – Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – San Diego, CA
Private Acupuncture Clinics in Bloomington and Burnsville, MN
Pillsbury House Integrative Health Clinic – Minneapolis, MN
University of MN Medical Center-Fairview – Minneapolis, MN
Courage Center – Minneapolis, MN
First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University – Tainjin, China