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Lynn MacKesson, Doctor of Acupuncture

Nationally certified in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Zen Shiatsu, Lynn is a Rhode Island Doctor of Acupuncture, and a Licensed Acupuncturist in Connecticut.  The clinic’s president, Dr. MacKesson also treats at the Mystic Wellness Center in Mystic, CT.  She holds a Master’s of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the prestigious Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin and is a member of the Rhode Island Society for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and Newport Chamber of Commerce.

“I believe my greatest strength is in combining customized, highly effective Chinese herbal formulas with acupuncture, and tailoring each individual’s treatment, incorporating dietary, homeopathic and energetic therapies when beneficial. I utilize all of my diverse training to find the most effective treatment for my patients.”

Lynn MacKesson was a professional sailor for 17 years, captaining the 1907 wooden Herreshoff yacht Neith for ten years, sailing as mate on a number of sail-training schooners and research vessels. It became obvious that she needed a new career when she could no longer become exited about the job offers coming in, and so she began to think in terms of “doing good,” looking for a mission after years of perfecting her techniques at sailing and maintaining unique antique vessels.

It was after a series unrelated health problems cropped up that Lynn wondered why Western medicine was unable to either connect these symptoms or reverse them. Her doctors sent her to a different specialist for each of the ailments, and each one prescribed 2 to 4 drugs that she should take for the rest of her life. So, after being healthy for years, she suddenly found herself on $800 per month worth of drugs for minor complaints that couldn’t be cured. Surely this was all reversible?
Having been through acupuncture therapy, Lynn knew that Chinese medicine could connect her diverse symptoms, and likely cure them as well. She read up on Oriental Medicine, and it all made sense. Thus she began to realign her life to study this work, and make it her own.

Dr. MacKesson researched numerous schools, and settled on the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (Texas), for their exceptionally strong Chinese herbal program. She underwent an intensive four year master’s program, amassing more than 3080 Hours, including a three-year internship.
After graduation, Lynn moved back into the Northeast, immediately taking up practice in Newport, Rhode Island and the Groton, Connecticut office of Kathleen Poole.

Lynn MacKesson continually studies Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Homeopathic applications, as well as keeping abreast of scientific findings in nutrition and herbal supplementation. She has completed extensive education in Master Tung’s Points, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient.

Dr. MacKesson is additionally certified in:

  • Zen Shiatsu
  • Reconnection
  • Reconnective Healing
  • Tong Ren Therapy
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Laughter Yoga

“People come to my care for any number of ailments. Simple relaxation brings some. Migraines, sleep disorders, dizziness, palpitations or panic attacks, allergies and asthma, sequela of stroke, fertility, gynecological complaints, digestive and urinary difficulties, neuropathy, spinal problems, injured joints, muscular aches and pains. Sufferers of chronic pain, Lyme disease, and auto-immune ailments find deep relief with Chinese Medicine.”