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!


Our goal is to welcome everyone who comes to Common Ground regardless of their ability to pay. Pay-What-You-Can is only possible when we all help. It costs $100 an hour to keep the lights on and our door open. No one is turned away – just let us know if you need financial assistance.


The amount that sustains Common Ground for New Clients is $45.

The amount that sustains Common Ground for Returning Clients is $20.

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 here

***Additionally, here are 11 things you need to know before your first Community Acupuncture appointment at Common Ground



Gryphon Corpus

Gryphon earned her masters degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida, and has been studying Shen-Hammer pulse diagnosis for two years. Her varied background includes molecular biology, yarn dyeing, and audiobook narration. For Gryphon, acupuncture is about helping people find their deep, underlying root of health and learning to radiate it all levels of their being to find wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Gryphon is new to Common Ground and excited to be joining the organization.

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.

Xiong Chang's Photo

Dr. Xiong Chang, LAC

Dr. Xiong Chang got his Bachelor's degree in Medicine from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) with a major of Acupuncture-Moxibustion in 1997. BUCM is China’s premier national and an internationally-recognized medical university dedicated to advancing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He also has a Master's degree in Medicine with a major in Integrated Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. From 2000 to 2003, he was a full-time post-graduate at the People’s Liberation Army Postgraduate Medical School, one China's of the top medical schools. Since 2018, he has been learning from Dr. Andy Rosenfarb (a world-renowned expert in the field of Chinese Medical Ophthalmology) and from Dr. Wei-Chieh Young (an internationally renowned scholar and researcher in Chinese Medicine and Philosophy, an educator and clinician with 40 more years of clinical and teaching experiences, and author of more than 40 books published in many countries). Being part of a team of physicians, scholars, and researchers working on several important projects, he published 5 articles. Entitled as a Medical Doctor in China, he has 9 years of working in the General Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army (PLAGH), which is one of the top three hospitals in China. Dr. Chang also spent many years working in Switzerland and the United States. Since the inception of his practice in 1997, and starting on his own in January 2017, he has helped many patients successfully. His specialties include: Pain Management, Allergies, Eye Disorders, Side Effects of Cancer Treatment, Nervous System Disorders, Cardiovascular Disorders, Respiratory Disorders, Digestive System Disorders, Gynecology Disorders and Infertility, and Mental disorders. Along with his clinical work, he has been learning Tai Chi from Hiromi Johnson, a disciple of Grand Master Wang Fu-Lai, the lineage holder of Cheng-Ming School in Taiwan since 2018.