Maria Mandarino, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), L.M.T. is a licensed acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist. She received her Master of Science Degree in Acupuncture from Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from Hofstra University and an A.O.S. degree in Massage Therapy from the New York College of Health Professions on Long Island. Maria is also a certified Spiritual Director, and graduated from the Benet Hill Spiritual Formation program in Colorado Springs.
Maria has specialized training in AMMA Therapy®, a form of Asian bodywork brought to the United States from Korea by Dr. Robert Sohn and his wife, Tina Sohn. This 5,000 year old system of healing also incorporates Chinese nutrition and gentle movement exercises such as T'ai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong. Maria taught AMMA Therapy® at the New York College of Health Professions and also supervised the student clinic there. She continues to teach this ancient healing art privately.
Additionally, Maria is trained in Craniosacral Therapy and the John Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release and she integrates her knowledge of advanced bodywork into her acupuncture practice. Maria continues to regularly update her training with John Barnes.
Maria is also certified by the Nelson Bach Foundation in the Bach Flower remedies. She has a strong interest in plants as healing agents and has also studied Aromatherapy and Aromatology, and has received training in Chinese Herbal Liniments. She makes her own liniments, which she uses and sells in her practice.
Maria's personal journey into the holistic healing arts began after a serious car accident in 1997. An 18 month exploration into healing and alternative medicine ultimately led her to an open house at what was then The New York College of Wholistic Health, Education, and Research in Syosset, NY. Within six months of that fateful evening, Maria became a full-time student in their two year A.O.S. degree program. After graduation, she developed a practice which focused on somato-emotionally based therapies. She later returned to school again, and obtained her master's degree in acupuncture.
Honesty and authenticity are at the heart of Maria's approach with all her patients. She firmly believes that healing requires not only a personal commitment, but also a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.
Having been a patient first, Maria knows the fear that can accompany pain, injury, and illness and how scattering this can be to the spirit. As such, Maria's goal is to treat her patients with the same level of patience and respect that her own healers have given her. At the heart of every session she gives, Maria places an emphasis on compassion, intuition, and body-mind awareness.