Today we’d like to introduce you to Aimee Poirier.
Aimee, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I recall that during my childhood, for many years, there was just our neighborhood local pharmacy. A small mom and pop shop that we could walk to. Then all of a sudden, many big chain pharmacies began to open up. The first one was CVS made it a grand impression on me. I remember how my mother and I would shop in this brand new brightly lit store with excitement. She would spend $100 on things, just in case we would need them. We hadn’t ever seen so many products all at once.
The shampoo aisle and hair care products alone required us to read labels to familiarize ourselves with all these things we could try. We would spend lots of time buying cotton balls, band-aids, cough syrups, cold medicine, headache medicine, cosmetics etc, we combed the isles. I mean we weren’t even sick, but the commercials at that time told us we needed this stuff. We bought it to keep on hand just in case. Our cabinets were stocked. Eventually, I questioned the need for so much stuff.
I wondered why so many pharmacies were being built one right after the other? There was a CVS, and then a Walgreen, Rite Aid etc. all closely located. My skeptic eye, at an early age, led me to question the cultural shift in pop culture medicine. Over time I developed an interest in learning about natural healing modalities.
As a teenager, I wanted to learn meditation, Tai Chi, and energy healing. So I did. As a young adult, I obtained a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College where I learned to question many things. Questioning our cultural habits regarding our use of western medicine, self-care, and the concept of preventative medicine, I decided to explore many complementary healing modalities. I began to try on the idea of which profession suited me the best.
These experiences brought me to complete a Masters Degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine from The New England School of Acupuncture. I was fortunate, at this time, to find a mentor early on in my studies with a healer/acupuncturist in Boston named Tom Tam. When we first met in Chinatown, Boston, he introduced me to the work he was developing which was exactly what I had been looking for. A true clinical approach to East meets West.
Today I use the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a modern approach. My patients come with advanced illness in the areas of cancer, autoimmune and neurologic conditions most often. People come when they need care for basically any health challenge that has not yet been resolved. These illnesses have been most often, but not always, previously diagnosed by their western medical physicians. My job is to get at the root cause of these illnesses. To stop them from progressing, and to help them remit.
For almost 18 years I have been cultivating an effective clinical practice. I focus on learning from science, how to make healing effective, individualized and repeatable.
Has it been a smooth road?
Educating the public about what we have to offer is a daily challenge. There are still so many people who do not know what we do. They often do not know the scope of our practice, and the possibility of their healing potential.
We have to tell them from our experience the kinds of things we feel confident addressing and enroll them in the possibility of mind/body healing. Providing education about what we do is something I do often, one on one or in a group setting. It is important to show people what is possible for their health and well-being.
I learned early on the power of word of mouth. You help one person and then they send their family and friends who also need healing. This brings me great joy.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Collective Healing Center – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
At Collective Healing Center, we are a complementary medicine family practice. We see a wide variety of illness, from A to Z in terms of the severity of illness. Allergies to Cancer, for example, and everything in between. We specialize in working with cancer patients, immune & autoimmune conditions, neurological disease, & women’s health.
Of course, many people associate acupuncture with pain and muscular skeletal issues.
We help those on a regular basis, so that folks may find more ease and grace in their lives. We also offer, Cupping as an adjustive therapy, Reflexology, Tong Ren Therapy and TuiNa massage.
I really enjoy working with pregnant women, or women who would like to become pregnant. We also have trained in the area of increasing ovarian reserves and treating patients who are undergoing a process of IVF. Cancer treatment is a longstanding specialty of ours. We have unconventional and conventional training in the area of oncology. We are always continuing to study in this area to keep our knowledge current in the field.
We offer weekly classes that are open to the public in Tong Ren Therapy. There is no need to register, these are a drop in classes. These classes offer mind/body healing experiences to all in our community. We also offer workshops that are listed on our website in the section on events. Come and join us for the experience, and let your mind be free.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The Greater Boston area is a super busy and vibrant place. We love this energy. People come here for their medical care from all over the world, We enjoy being a part of their provider team.
Working in clinics located immediately off 128 and 495 allows us to give care to people from many communities. We also work with folks from other states, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, to name a few most common outside of Massachusetts. They come in search of complementary medical advances in care.
When I first moved to the Boston area, from Connecticut, I found it hard to get oriented on a town by town basis. There are so many towns and communities tucked near each other. Sometimes with traffic, it can be a challenge to go only a few miles.
We often find that people do not always know how far they are from our clinics, but once they map it out, nothing is really that far away. After an appointment, they find it’s worth the trip.
- Address: 61 Main Street, Stoneham, MA
85 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA
- Website: www.collectivehealingcenter.com
- Phone: 781-729-0495
- Email: AimeeCHC@gmail.com
- Instagram: @collectivehealingcenter
- Facebook: @CollectiveHealingCenter
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/collective-healing-center-stoneham