Candice Paragano, L.Ac.

 

acupuncturist, herbalist, healer, mystic, teacher, weightlifter, and guinness and cider lover.

Candice has been the owner of The Wellness Haven since 2012.  She didn’t waste anytime and opened her practice less than a month after graduating.  Since opening in 2012 she has treated over a thousand people from New Haven County and given thousands of treatments.  She believes that her strengths as an acupuncturist include pain relief and infertility.  She also enjoys treating weird/odd/or difficult cases; the cases that doctors have no answers for.

Why did she become an acupuncturist?

Many moons ago when Candice was 15 (she was born in 1986, so that makes her 31 as she writes this! She wants to clear up any confusion because she gets asked about her age a lot.  She looks ten years younger than the average 31 year old- it’s an acupuncturist thing!) she was introduced to Chinese Medicine through her boyfriend.  Her boyfriend was getting acupuncture for headaches due to a concussion.  Candice thought that using needles to heal the body made absolutely no sense and she could not justify why it would help, so she went with him to an appointment.  The acupuncturist did an examination on her for fun- he looked at her tongue and felt her pulse.  He told her things that took doctors years to figure out.  She didn’t have to tell him anything, but he seemed to know it all.  Candice was intrigued and started to read ALL the books on Chinese medicine. When she entered college, she still wanted to pursue western medicine.  Her interest in going to acupuncture school was sparked by her own need for healing.  After having mono for over a year- bronchitis infection after sinus infection after eye infection and strep throat and the list goes on and on, she decided to try something else.  She always wanted to try acupuncture; after all, she had been obsessed with it for about 4 years at this point.  Right before her first session, she was in a car accident, hurting her right shoulder.  What doctors said would take months to heal, only took a few weeks with regular acupuncture.  Also, her mono symptoms were gone and she didn’t get sick for years after that.  Because of her positive experinece with acupuncture and her fascination with the human body and her natural inclination to help others, she decided to go to graduate school for acupuncture and the rest is history!.

Professional Credentials

Candice holds a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), the oldest acupuncture school in the nation. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Connecticut, and has passed the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) exams for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Licensed Acupuncturists like Candice, have the most rigorous educational standards for the study of oriental medicine, requiring more than 2500 hours of training and education.

Her passion is to provide effective and affordable healthcare to local communities and help patients achieve optimal wellness through their body’s natural ability to heal.

During her 3 year course of study at NESA, she trained extensively in both Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  Outside of school, she studied with Kiiko Matsumoto, a world renowned Japanese Acupuncturist.  ”Kiiko style” is unique from other forms of acupuncture in that it uses palpation of the abdomen and distal points to diagnose root imbalances in the body.  Candice uses a mixture of classical training and her apprenticeship with Kiiko in order to help her patients achieve wellness.

Candice has extensive clinical training as both an acupuncturist and herbalist.  She has trained in hospitals, clinics, and private practices.   She trained at the NESA intern clinic, Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center in Roxbury, MA, and the Pathways to Wellness clinic in Boston, MA.

Candice holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences  from Rutgers University.