I am an NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist, licensed by the State of South Carolina. I have been helping my patients "Feel Better With Acupuncture Today" since 2007.
My Credentials include:
~Bachelors in Professional Studies from New York College of Health Professions' Graduate School of Oriental Medicine - 2008
~Masters in Science and Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbology) from New York College of Health Professions' Graduate School of Oriental Medicine - 2008
~NCCAOM Board Certification in Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.)
I specialize in Japanese acupuncture, TCM Gynecology / Infertility, Pain & Stress Management through Acupuncture and ancillary techniques such as moxibustion, gua sha, shoni shin and cupping.
I am also the owner of Anderson Holistic Health. Here you can experience many different healing modalities to help you reach and maintain your optimal health. Services include Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Holistic Chiropractic, Holistic Nutrition Counseling, Esthetics, Body Work Therapy including Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization, Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Kinetic Chain Release (KCR), Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Hypnotherapy and Reiki.
I feel that the true healing power and unique wisdom of Chinese medicine lies in its ability to treat any issue that arises in the physical or emotional body in order to create balance and healing in any patient. This genuine holistic practice can create a path towards true wellness and health by piecing together the parts that are so often separated by Western medicine alone.
I strongly believe that your healing comes through deep nourishment of the spirit and by alleviating not only the suffering of the body but also the heart. I have a deep respect for the relationship between patient and practitioner and how when there is full trust, understanding and communication, true healing can take place.
~an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
~that healing should be accessible and achievable for all people, and that by better understanding our bodies, we can empower ourselves to take charge of our own health.
~you should leave my office feeling better than when you walked in.
~you know your body better than anyone else ever will. As your acupuncturist I want you to feel empowered to take care of your own health, understand the process of healing and all the available paths to wellness.
~in medicine that looks at you as a whole person and not a collection of separate symptoms and that everything is connected.
~your happiness, fulfillment, and ability to feel relaxed and at-home in your body are vitally important and inseparable from your physical health. Mental and emotional health are intricately linked with physical symptoms.
~in medicine that addresses root causes and not only symptoms. By treating the root cause, you will achieve lasting results and not be dependent on someone else for your health.
~drug-free health! While some prescription medications are life-saving and necessary, many only treat symptoms and carry risks and side effects that can be avoided with a functional approach.
~we have immense power to self-heal, and that the current healthcare system often doesn’t support taking an active role in our own care. I encourage questions and critical thinking.
Thank you for allowing me the honor of being with you on your path to health and wellness!
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I am an NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist, licensed by the State of South Carolina.
I was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York. I participated in gymnastics and volleyball competitively for many years. My interest in the human body and how it works lead me to pursue a career in a health-related field.
I attended the University at Buffalo and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Health and Wellness. After graduating, I started acupuncture treatments and began shadowing an acupuncturist. Inspired by how Chinese medicine takes all aspects of a person’s life into account and personally feeling the positive effects on the body, I decided to enroll in acupuncture school.
I graduated with Honors earning a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2019. I worked in the school’s herbal medicine pharmacy for 3 years where I developed a passion for herbal medicine.
I have 3,000+ hours of clinical training in several outpatient health centers treating students, community members of all ages, and veterans at the local VA hospital. I am committed to providing individualized care to promote wellness of the body, mind, and spirit using Traditional Chinese Medicine.
What Is an Acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice in which tiny needles are placed on specific points under your skin. These needles are used to stimulate certain points of the body. People choose acupuncture both for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
There are two kinds of acupuncturists, professionals who practice acupuncture:
A licensed acupuncturist is someone who is a professional who has studied acupuncture and eastern medicine in order to maintain the health of their patients, and completed three academic years (around 3000 hours) of education at the Master’s Degree level in an Acupuncture Program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
A certified acupuncturist is a licensed doctor or dentist who has completed a training program equivalent to at least 200 hours and 100 hours of supervised experience.
Program and certifications may vary, though, depending on the state that you live in. Acupuncture is now a popular practice in the western world.
The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK uses acupuncture in some of its general practices, as well as pain clinics and hospices.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that the number of people using acupuncture for pain management is on the rise.
About 35 million Americans regularly use acupuncture treatments, so the need for acupuncturists is high.
My wife and I have movement disorders and we have been using Denise since 2016 and she has been very helpful. Her new location is very comfortable and quiet and full of energy. Denise knows a lot about Acupuncture, Moxa, Essential Oils and other natural care methods. The Primary Care Acupuncture Center is also expanding to include other related services from well qualified people. She is a good listener and takes the necessary time to make you comfortable and appreciated as a customer. Before moving to SC I received Acupuncture in TX for 12 years and have utilized it for many conditions. My movement disorder is inherited and according to doctors is untreatable, but I am still walking at the age my Father and Uncle were in wheelchairs. Don't hesitate to meet with Denise for a consultation and learn what could help you without taking drugs.
I have been receiving treatments from Denise for about a year now. I have numerous pain issues and have had great success in relief due to acupuncture. The compassion and concern Denise shows reveals her passion for her practice and her clients. I would highly recommend Primary Care Acupuncture to anyone with pain issues as a holistic approach for relief.
I recently received acupuncture from Dr Denise Rusnak at Primary Care Acupuncture Center. I have had acupuncture at previous places in Anderson and in other states and Dr. Rusnak is far superior. I had treatment for plantar fasciitis and shoulder pain. I highly recommend her.
I have been going to Denise for about 5 months now. I have some chronic issues and acute issues that have popped up along the way. I am very pleased with her flexible yet comprehensive approach to make sure she is able to address all of my concerns. She also listens and hears my concerns as she give me time to express them. The atmosphere of Primary Care Acupuncture Center is very peaceful and I find my experiences relaxing and peaceful.
Mrs. Rusnak is amazing! Such a calming and sincere person. Every acupuncture session I have had has done me so much good. I am going specifically for fertility purposes and to reduce inflammation in the body but it has done so much more for me!
My husband and I have been treated by Denise Rusnak for various health related issues and have been quite pleased. Denise is friendly, professional and knowledgeable. She is a great researcher as well regarding Chinese herbal medicine for various different things that may be affecting one's health. I was experiencing vertigo and purchased a herbal pill formula that made that vertigo go away. I was and am truly grateful. Keep up the great work of healing Denise! You rock!
Great friendly treatment! I would recommend Denise for acupuncture to anyone looking for a more holistic way of healing. She really seems to know what she is talking about and takes the time to try to treat the whole person and not just the symptom.
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