About Us

The Clinic

The Portland Veterans; Acupuncture Clinic ( PVAC) is :
A group of licensed acupuncturists in Portland are providing a free acupuncture clinic to veterans of military service suffering from combat fatigue and other associated health issues. This free, weekly clinic is also available to family members of veterans who desire the healing benefits of acupuncture.

The Clinic is held every Tuesday night from 6-8 pm at:

Congregation Bet Ha'am Synagogue
81 Westbrook Street
South Portland, Maine 04106

To allow for maximum relaxation and security during the treatment session, all participants need to be seated by 6:30 pm.

Practitioner Bio’s PVAC
  1. Lisa Bouchard, LMT, LAc
    Lisa's first chance encounter with oriental medicine was through an adult education shiatsu class in 1989. In 1991 she graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy with diplomas in both Massage Therapy and Shiatsu. Oriental medicine has always been intriguing to her because of its broad understanding of human experience and its wisdom in regards to health. In 2001 Lisa earned a Master of Acupuncture degree from the New England School of Acupuncture. In 2005 Lisa became certified with the National Acupuncture Detox Association, (NADA) following training in the NADA protocol used at the Portland Veteran's Acupuncture Clinic. Lisa practices full time at MassageCraft & Acupuncture Clinic in Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach, a clinic she established in 1991. She is currently refining her manual skills at Collége d'Études Ostéopathiques in Montréal.

  2. Mary C. Chaney, M.Ac. L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
    Mary Chaney is a licensed acupuncturist in private practice in Portland, Maine. She received her Masters of Acupuncture degree at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia) in Laurel, MD in 1989. Mary is a past president of the Maine Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM). In 2004, as head of MAAOM, she was instrumental in the successful effort to pass legislation expanding the scope of practice of all Maine acupuncturists. She was a founding board member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, and volunteered twice to go to New Orleans to help with the Katrina Relief Effort. Her experience with AWB has eased the way in helping PVAC get organized as a clinic.

  3. Coleen Connolly R.N., M.Ac.
    Coleen earned a Masters degree in Acupuncture in 1990 from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now TAI Sophia) in Laurel, Maryland. She has been certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists and is a member of the Maine Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Coleen is on the faculty of the Academy for Five Element acupuncture and is part of the Division of Integrative Care at Mercy Hospital. She is a charter member of Acupuncturists Without Borders and a founding practitioner member of True North Health Center in Falmouth, where she maintains her private practice.

  4. Terri Langaas, L.Ac.
    Terri is a 1994 graduate of The New England School of Acupuncture as well as a Diplomate of The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In 1997 she was certified in the NADA protocol which is used at The Portland Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic. For many years, she has provided acupuncture in the public health sector and currently has a private practice in York, Maine.

  5. Jodi Makai, MSOM, L.Ac.
    Jodi's first exposure to Oriental Medicine was in a shiatsu class at massage school in 1984. She started getting treated by the acupuncturist who was teaching and the rest is history. Graduating in 2001 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM she had the opportunity to study for two of the four year graduate program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. This allowed her to study with her mentor Matt Callison. Her Master's in Oriental Medicine is comprised of Acupuncture and Chinese herbology training. In 2003 she received her NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) acudetox specialist certification at Lincoln Hospital's Recovery Clinic in NYC. This protocol became invaluable for treating West Yellowstone Smokejumpers for 3 yrs in Montana. She is a nationally certified Diplomate of NCCAOM and licensed to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbology in Utah and Maine. She is particularly intrigued with the treatment of scars.

  6. Susan Reed, L.Ac
    Susan is one of the founding acupuncturists in PVAC. She is also a national trainer for Acupuncturists Without Borders, and served as AWB's Manager of Disaster Relief efforts after the Iowa floods (2008). Susan has been in practice for 14 years. As a teacher of acupuncture, she served as third year clinical supervisor for several students in three different acupuncture schools. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, did post-graduate studies in education at the University of Maine, Orono, and is a graduate of The Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture, and the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK). Susan is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

  7. Marshall Woodward, L.Ac.
    Marshall is a founding member of the Portland Veterans Acupuncture Clinic. She has been practicing acupuncture for ten years and is a graduate of The TAI Sophia Institute. She lives and works in Portland, Maine. www.mmwoodward.com.

  8. Alexandra Gilmore, LAc., MAcOM
    Alexa received her master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. She is nationally board certified, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and licensed to practice both acupuncture and customized Chinese Medicine. After 10 years in Texas, Alexa's New England roots finally won out and she relocated her clinic from Austin to Maine in March of 2013. Since then she’s been happily setting up a life and new practice in Portland, and is pleased to join the PVAC staff in servicing this great community. More information on Alexa and her practice may be found at www.atxacu.com

  9. Ellen Ellis, M.Ac. L.Ac.
    Ellen Ellis received her Masters in Classical Five Element acupuncture at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Colorado. Currently she has a private practice in S. Freeport, Maine. In her practice she specializes in managing anxiety and depression, stress reduction and women's health and wellness. She has a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and worked as a pediatric therapist before completing her acupuncture training. Ellen teaches meditation as well as being a certified practitioner of Rolf/Structural Integration. www.ellenellis.org



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