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.
Nic Pitts, L.Ac. is a board certified acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist. She holds a Masters Degree of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC. There, she studied classical Chinese medicine under the tutelage of of Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Daoist priest of the Jade Purity tradition. She’s always believed that life guided her to the path of Chinese medicine. Her grandmother was Cherokee and spent a lot of time in Japan. Because of this, she grew up in an environment where she had early exposure to Asian culture and natural medicine and spirituality. She came to the study of classical Chinese medicine through her study of Asian religions and medical systems. What started as childhood interest in feng shui and meditation, continued into study of Buddhism, Daoism, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English. She has a passion for community acupuncture and affordable healthcare, and has learned that she has a particular affinity for working with depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma. Her practice, Onward Acupuncture, is based in Richmond.
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 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.