MISSION & PHILOSOPHY
Applepuncture's mission is to empower individuals and families in the integration of physical, emotional, and spiritual life in order to promote greater life mobility and the realization of love.
KRISTIN GREY APPLE, MFA, MS, LAc, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Owner
LICENSURE AND EDUCATION
Kristin Apple is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, certified by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. She completed her clinical training and received her Master of Science degree from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in NYC.
Before discovering Acupuncture, artistic exploration was my life's work. I majored in Studio Art at Davidson College with a concentration in Painting. I went on to receive my MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where I eventually became fascinated with time-based media. As an adjunct professor at Lehigh University and Penn State, my interest was in facilitating first the focus and then the translation of the nebulous, ethereal, perhaps elusive into the palpable. I still feel very passionate about assisting others in the realization of desires into tangible reality.
When I first experienced Acupuncture, I knew immediately that it was an extraordinary and consequential medicine. Not only did I find out that it really works to harmonize the whole person and to alleviate symptoms; I also first-handedly experienced its invitation to participate in the therapeutic process. Perhaps you can understand the resounding parallel between creative interests and what it means to be an Acupuncturist. The creative interface and process is just as present between the patient and the practitioner, and between one’s own health and oneself.
I knew I needed to enter the field of medicine and specifically practice Acupuncture because life itself is a creative process and inherently involves periods of chaos and order. Our own bodies are the most substantial and intimate artworks we encounter. Each body is a live artwork, both subject to a mysterious unfolding and also ready and able to participate and make choices.
SPECIALIZATION: Musculoskeletal Pain, Sports Medicine, Women's Wellness, Fertility, OBGYN, Pediatrics, PTSD
KASEY LEE SMITH, MAS, MA, LAc, Dipl. Ac
LICENSURE AND EDUCATION
Kasey Smith is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Pennsylvania, certified by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. She completed her clinical training and received her Master of Acupuncture Studies degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. She is on track to receive her Doctor of Acupuncture degree this year.
I grew up within a family that emphasized a reverence for nature and our place within it. This included an understanding and use of natural healing modalities, and a holistic view of the self which aligns well with the Eastern Medicine I am now practicing.
Before studying acupuncture I studied philosophy and psychology at Moravian University. I wanted to understand and help others, but this also requires inquiry within. I was always drawn to Eastern as well as Native American philosophies, which led me toward the focus of Environmental Ethics. I went on to receive my MA in Environmental Policy from Lehigh University. Although this is something I will always be passionate about, it is also true that beginning a healthy relationship with the way you relate to the environment begins with yourself. I ended up studying and teaching yoga as well as meditation for several years, every step of which brought me to the practice of acupuncture. I watched acupuncture help those around me to the point where I needed to know more.
My fascination with the many years of wisdom inherent in the practice of acupuncture and Eastern Medicine as a whole walked me through and out of a lifelong fear of needles. As someone who experienced the buildup of many years of anxiety, the relief of acupuncture was reminiscent of the relief I found through hiking or meditation. Acupuncture encourages the patient to address the physical and subtle elements of the question of what in my life is preventing me from aligning with my truest self every single day. The study of Eastern Medicine provided me an avenue for healing I am grateful to be able to walk down with others.
I embrace this medicine’s approach that the self is and always has been whole. Starting from this idea, it is possible to gain the awareness of the incredible healing capacity of the body, which is always there although the stresses of life can cloud this innate knowledge. These stresses of modern life can manifest in myriad ways within the body, but I find acupuncture is one of the best tools to open the windows and let in fresh air once again.