Kerith Kilhenny, L.Ac.
Kerith Kilhenny is a New York State licensed acupuncturist, a Nationally Board Certifed NCCAOM Diplomat and a Board Member of the Acupuncture Society of New York. Kerith earned a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she was taught several styles of Acupuncture; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) with Myofasical Trigger Point Release and Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KM), along with Tui Na Massage. She is able to use a combination of these styles to tailor each treatment to the specific needs of every patient. This knowledge gives her an endless acupuncture palette from which to work, and the ability to change the course of treatment as needed.
Kerith is also a certified Yoga Teacher (OM Yoga) and Reiki Practitioner. She finds it essential to bring these and other modalities she has learned into her acupuncture sessions in order to create personalized treatments. She finds it important to focus on nutrition, lifestyle and movement/exercise in order to inform and support the patient through the treatment, until the next one. She understands that each person has their own story and very different needs. Due to the comprehensive education she received and her experience with patients, she is able to work from one spectrum using muscle trigger point release for a physically based treatment, or utilize a 5 element based approach for a more emotionally focused treatment.
Growing up, my mother was a nurse and we talked a lot at dinner about the different things she would experience at her job and how grateful her patients were for her help. This made an impression on me. First, the amazing things that western medicine does and how it heals. Secondly, to see the difference she made in the lives of others and their health.
My knee went out when I was 16 years old during a dance competition. This injury started years of physical therapy, surgery and more physical therapy. I am grateful for how the therapy and surgery helped me because many years later, I am happy to say my knee is still in good shape, but I was introduced early to the effects of arthritis. Besides being a dancer, I was also active in other activities such as softball, hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Due to being so active, I discovered in 2007 that I had torn the cartilage in my hip, and arthritis was setting in there as well. Here I also had surgery to fix the cartilage tear and physical therapy to help me get strength back, and again years later I am feeling great. The arthritis is still there though, but this pain brought me to discover how helpful acupuncture could be. Acupuncture helps to ease the pain in my joints, has raised my awareness about what I was eating and how food could affect my arthritis. Most importantly though, it has opened my eyes to a different way of looking at the body, and to know that there are more ways to take away the discomfort and ease the pain. My experience has inspired me to follow in the footsteps of my mother, and help others on their healing journey. I am grateful I get to do this on a daily basis.