ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is a system of Chinese Medicine in which extremely thin sterile needles are inserted into the skin at key points across the body, to stimulate good health and relieve disease, pain, and chronic conditions. At Common Ground, our Community Acupuncture clinic provides a setting in which multiple clients can receive treatment simultaneously, thereby keeping the cost down for our clients and making the best possible use of our acupuncturists’ time

Book a Community Acupuncture appointment today! Common Ground has an incredible team of Practitioners offering Acupuncture sessions for Pay-What-You-Can between $20-60. Scheduling Acupuncture in advance is required, so please book online or call us us at 434-218-7677. 

If it is your first appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early for first-time paperwork. This first-time paperwork is also available online from hereAdditionally, here are 11 things you need to know before your first Community Acupuncture appointment at Common Ground

Acupuncturists

Ashley Forbes

A native Washingtonian, Ashley Forbes completed her 4 year graduate program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. This comprehensive medical program focused on acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and biomedicine. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology was a great foundation to shape her knowledge as an Acupuncturist. Ashley is licensed by the State of Virginia Acupuncture Board to practice Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Ashley has extensive experience treating chronic and acute pain, migraines and other neurological conditions, pre and post-operative pain management, addiction, anxiety and stress, depression, insomnia, and women's health and wellness - including fertility, perinatal, postpartum, and menopause support. Ashley approaches her treatments to include more than just the acupuncture. She values the choices that patients make in their homes and daily lives to include diet, emotional well-being and exercise. When Ashley if not working, you can find her outdoors with one of her three rescue dogs, cooking a new recipe or rearranging furniture in her home, as she is a lover of interior design.

Ki Ennes

Ki started his healing career in 1989 after graduating from Massage School. He practiced and taught bodywork and related topics for 12 years. He then attended Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and graduated in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Certification in Chinese Herbs. He continues to teach both subjects at AFEA. Ki chose Five Element Acupuncture because he wants to help people heal on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Ki believes in the innate power within all of us to heal. He says, “When we separate from our true nature, when we disrupt our body’s natural processes, we begin the path to illness. Five Element Acupuncture helps people see how everything in them is connected and to take control of their own health. Then we can live life to the fullest and be the brightest light we can be in this challenging world.” Besides Chinese medicine, Ki’s other passions are nature and music.

Sam Pierceall

Sam Pierceall’s path to acupuncture began as a humble offshoot while studying organic farming when he developed a deep interest in herbal medicine and the healing properties contained within plants. After successfully completing a three year certificate course in herbal medicine offered at Sacred Plant Traditions in 2011, Sam’s devotion to holistic modalities deepened further. In researching and discovering what was possible through acupuncture, he knew that it was something that held great promise and that he needed to learn more. After three years of school and one year of clinical internship, Sam graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC in 2016. Sam enjoys sharing the benefits of this ancient medicine with those in his community, and helping clients find their own personal path to health and wellness.

Sarabeth Whedbee

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Sarabeth Whedbee attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and, following a passion for creative writing, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Shortly after graduating, she pursued her interest in counseling, studying psychology and chemical dependency with the University of Maryland and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. After obtaining certification in addictions counseling, she spent ten years working with addicts, primarily within inpatient treatment settings. After becoming an acupuncture client herself, she decided to study Chinese medicine, and received a Master of Acupuncture Degree in 2000, along with a Certificate in Herbal Studies from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (AFEA) in Hallandale, Florida. She is also a certified instructor for the Pan Gu Shengong Moving Form by Master Ou, Wen Wei. Pursuing interests in spirituality and diversity, she attended seminary and was ordained an interfaith minister in 2008. Since 2004, Sarabeth has maintained an acupuncture practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, using her areas of specialty to address wellness of the body, mind, and spirit, as well as supporting addiction recovery within the community.