Below, in alphabetical order, are short biographies of the licensed acupuncturists who serve Common Ground’s Community Acupuncture Clinic. All practitioners are fully licensed, insured and have graduated from accredited acupuncture schools. Virginia licensing requires all acupuncturists to update their knowledge and skills through continuing education.
All practitioners treat a broad spectrum of conditions and ailments, including stress and pain of all types.
Cali Gaston earned her Master of Acupuncture degree from The Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) in Columbia, MD in 2000, and her BA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 1984. She practices Five Element acupuncture and has a particular interest in “how treatment can help someone come home to themselves.” Cali is also an RN with experience in psychiatric nursing. Her private practice, Great Bell Acupuncture, is in Charlottesville.
Robert A. Hoffman has been practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine for twenty years. His goal is to provide a healthcare experience with a focus on body, mind and spirit. He likes to say, “The 8 limbs of Oriental medicine seek to foster the innate gift of health within, while resisting dis-ease from the outside.” He has traveled extensively throughout the world to study and learn universal truths that support and create healing from within. Robert enjoys coaching people to become active participants in the healing process. His style of treatment relies on the 8 limbs of Oriental Medicine to support the highest state of health and virtue innate and within each person. Robert also teaches and supervises students at Kings Park University School of Acupuncture School Clinic in Annandale, VA.
Sarabeth Whedbee is a 2000 graduate of the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Hallandale, FL. She also received ordination from the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary (NY, NY) in 2008. She was a certified alcoholism counselor in Maryland (1991) and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College, Maryland (1987). She maintains a private practice in Charlottesville.