Erica Castellini, LAc, LCSW

Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education

  • Monmouth University: Bachelor’s of Social Work-Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Fordham University: Master’s of Social Work
  • Tri-State College of Acupuncture: Master’s of Science in Acupuncture

About

Erica Castellini M.S. LAc, LCSW is a board certified and licensed acupuncturist. She is also a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Master’s of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. Erica has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field for over a decade as a social worker. She came to practice acupuncture after experiencing how beneficial acupuncture can be for not just physical pain but emotional well-being. Erica uses an integrative approach and combines both Eastern and Western modalities in order to be the most beneficial in helping her patients.

Erica was trained different styles of acupuncture including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Japanese and Auricular Acupuncture.

Styles of Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM)
Utilizes specific acupuncture points on the body to treat a wide range of signs and symptoms. Tongue and Pulse diagnosis is commonly used.

Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM)
Developed by Mark Seem, founder of Tri-State College of Acupuncture, APM uses extensive palpation to find where the patient has become constrained leading to pain and tight musculature. APM mixes meridian acupuncture with Western techniques, most notably trigger point dry needling, which was taught by the late Janet Travell, MD.

Japanese Acupuncture
Utilizes palpation of the abdomen, radial artery and meridians to guide diagnosis and treatment. Japanese Acupuncture uses finer needles and requires less stimulation than traditional Chinese acupuncture.

Auricular Acupuncture

This theory uses the ear as a representation of the entire body. This can be used alone or in conjunction with body acupuncture. Ear acupuncture is used extensively in smoking cessation and with drug and alcohol addiction treatment utilizing the NADA protocol