At Hands On Acupuncture & Massage Therapy, P.C our mission is to Maximize Mind and Body Health. We do our best to provide you with education and treatment to improve and maintain your health goals. Whether you are looking to achieve wellness, would like to prevent having surgery, or need a compliment to your traditional therapies, Hands on Acupuncture & Massage Therapy, P.C is the place for you.
Elizabeth Martin, MSOM, L.Ac, LMT
Owner, NYS Licensed Acupuncturist, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified NAET Practitioner
Elizabeth holds her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine ( Which includes Chinese Herbal Medicine in addition to Acupuncture), Bachelor of Health Science, and Associates in Applied Science, Massage Therapy. She is a board Certified NY State Licensed Acupuncturist and a Board Certified NY State Licensed Massage Therapist. Elizabeth also holds a degree of Mastery in the art of Medical Qi Gong, and is a certified NAET, and NET practitioner.
She obtained her OM and MT Degrees at New York College of Health Professions, located in Syosset, NY. There she was one of very few students who did a 4 year paid internship in the school’s herbal pharmacy. In addition, upon graduation she was awarded the clinical excellence award. Her private practice, Hands On Acupuncture & Massage Therapy P.C, a multi disciplined holistic wellness center, is located in historic Stony Brook, alongside the Long Island Museum. She has been practicing since 2012.
Her specialties include treating women’s health, Allergy Elimination, Pain management, and Emotional Disorders.
Read More About Elizabeth's Story
My interest in East Asian medicine and acupuncture started after getting injured while training in the korean martial arts form of Taekwondo. Taekwondo was a big passion of mine, and I was able to bring myself to achieve a 1st degree black belt. I used to spar at the competition level, and I sustained some injuries that normally would have taken me out of competition. I started getting acupuncture and saw how it accelerated my ability to heal my musculature and ligamentous injuries, and I was hooked! Acupuncture helped me get back into my passion, which was Tae Kwon do at the time. In the beginning of my career, a majority of the patients I saw were athletes, because I had the ability to use both acupuncture and massage therapy to quickly help patients recover from sports related injuries.
As I got more experience I began to realize that acupuncture was not only beneficial in treating pain for athletes, but it was successfully treating patients that were coming in for pain from neuropathies after undergoing western therapy Cancer treatments. I couldn’t believe how many people on Long Island suffer from Cancer, and it hit home with me because my Grandmother had passed away from colon cancer, and I had an aunt who had breast cancer. I feel so strongly about helping the cancer community that I started a support group called Caring for Cancer where I perform complementary acupuncture and meditations to the cancer community. I feel it’s important to spread awareness to the fact that people do not need to suffer when undergoing chemo and radiation, acupuncture can help a cancer patients not only deal with the emotional toll it takes on someone suffering from a diagnosis and treatment, it can help with nausea, weight loss, and neuropathic pain associated with western treatments. Acupuncture and Massage therapy can be utilized in conjunction with western therapies.
Anxiety and Depression is prevalent in my family and during my schooling In NY college I received weekly treatments of acupuncture to combat those emotions, and help keep me stabilized. Since Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine have helped me, I have been able to successfully treat people coming in with emotional disorders with the use of acupuncture and a technique called NET.
My forever yearn for learning led me to another path of a 3 year certification in Medical Qigong, where under the teachings of Dr. Steven Jackowicz learned how to assess, treat and diagnose patients utilizing the modality of Medical Qigong. My training has enhanced my ability to help protect myself and help others heal, especially when it comes to any emotional imbalances.
I have always had an interest in women’s health as I had utilized acupuncture myself to combat symptoms from PMS. During my experience in treating women, I have come to realize the many benefits acupuncture has for women. I have successfully treated women in labor induction and helped to combat unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, including back pain, and nausea. Having had my second child as a planned home birth, I was able to personally experience the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum. I believe in practicing what I preach and have come to learn from both my studies and personal experience that acupuncture and East Asian medicine is a must for women’s health.
NAET (Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Technique, and NET (Nuero-Emotional Technique) were certifications I obtained before opening my own practice. After learning about the powerful benefits of these techniques, including combating seasonal and food related allergies, and overcoming emotional blockages, I was able to implement them in my private practice. NAET came in handy with treating my first son’s food related allergies, and I can attribute NET to a lot of my personal and professional growth.
While in school I was able to work as a receptionist for not only one, but two different Acupuncture Practices, and since I already had my feet in the door, I was able to practice Acupuncture and Massage Therapy right away after graduating. With the experience of working in other practices, I was able to observe and discern the way I would want to run my own practice someday. Little did I know, that with the help of my very supportive business minded husband, and my incredibly talented branding and marketing best friend, that I would be running my own practice within a year of graduating.
A year after opening my own practice, I discovered I was pregnant with my first son. Since my patients are like my family, I decided I needed to hire a competent, and nurturing team to take care of them while I would be away on maternity. I handpicked and trained my team for several months before letting them treat on their own. I was able to go on maternity leave with full confidence that my patients would be taken care of. Since my patients and practice continued to thrive while I was away, I was able to keep my team on when I returned to work, and together we make the practice what it is, a thriving, nurturing, healing environment.
My experience of having a team, of both Professionals and Office staff has been quite positive. Each of us can bring something different to the table, while still maintaining the integrity and consistency of treatments for the patients. We are able to maintain very flexible hours in the office, and are able to offer many different modalities in addition to acupuncture and massage therapy. The positive effects of having a team professionally, have also been personally rewarding, as having such an incredible team has allowed me to maintain and grow my family. My second son was born Dec of 2016 right next to the fireplace inside our own home.
It has been a true blessing running a successful holistic wellness center, and being a mommy of two. Nothing is more rewarding than the ability to help people while doing what you love.
The PractitionersOur NYS Licensed Acupuncturists & Massage Therapists
Victoria A. Liotta, MS, L.Ac, LMT
Masters of Science Acupuncture, NYS Licensed Acupuncturist, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, NAET Certified Practitioner
Victoria A. Liotta, MS, LAc, LMT, is an NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture and NY State Licensed Acupuncturist, as well as a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist. As a student of both Western and Eastern sciences, Victoria holds a BA from Villanova University, where she studied Electrical Engineering and Communications prior to earning her MS in Acupuncture from New York College of Health Professions. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Chinese Medicine.
Victoria’s goal as a health care practitioner has been to utilize her knowledge and skills to help those with challenging health conditions, but her philosophy is simple; “take care of yourself now.” Being both an acupuncturist and massage therapist, many of her patients present with pain and the need for rehabilitation. She also treats people with autoimmune diseases and those who are in need of care after receiving chemotherapy or radiation. In addition, Victoria has experience in the specialties of psychological/emotional health and neurology. For example, she frequently treats people with anxiety and depression and has helped patients recover from the pain associated with herpes zoster (shingles). Although her interests pertain to the mentioned specialties, she starts each day open to treating any condition that she is presented with.
Originally, complimentary medicine was a hobby for Victoria. While living in Atlanta in the 1990’s, she stumbled upon an herbal shop and began reading books and pamphlets on nutrition, supplements and herbs. In 2002, Victoria began receiving acupuncture treatments and decided to turn her interest into a career; first with massage and then with acupuncture.
Victoria has been part of Hands On Acupuncture and Massage since January of 2015. She’s been practicing massage since 2007, specializing in medical massage, deep tissue and sports stretches. These skills, along with cupping and aromatherapy, are often incorporated into her acupuncture treatments.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing drums in a local rock band and is a Voting Member in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Victoria is very pleased to be part of Hands On Acupuncture and Massage Therapy and the opportunity to share her skills and professional acumen to help serve an individual’s health care needs.
Michael Savalli MSOM, L.Ac,
Michael is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist, who received his Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from New York College of Health Professions in 2014. While there he studied Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal formulas, and the physical arts of Tai Chi. He also has a bachelors degree in Mathematics from Cornell University. Having worked a few years in professional offices, he decided to change careers in 2009, when he began his studies in Health Sciences. He was drawn to the idea of, using safe and effective traditional medicines, as a useful means to address many modern health issues. By doing so, he hopes to have a positive impact on disease prevention, and reducing the rising costs of healthcare. He also enjoys martial arts, and studying music.
Michael believes traditional healing, and modern medicine, can work side by side to provide a better health care model. He believes deeply in the healing power of nature, and that compassion is humanity’s greatest virtue. He feels very lucky to be able to put these beliefs into practice, and help people in the process. He has experience treating many health issues, and is currently focusing on promoting a better understanding of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Western Culture.
Stephanie D. Silverman MS, L.Ac, LMT
Masters of Science Acupuncture, NYS Licensed Acupuncturist, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist
Stephanie moved from Illinois to NYC in 1999 to pursue a BFA in classical ballet and modern dance at the New School University’s program with the Joffrey Ballet School. After graduation she became a Certified Authentic Pilates Instructor and has been teaching ever since. Her extensive knowledge of the body and desire to help others find and maintain wellness lead her to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2009. While studying at the Swedish Institute, she received regular acupuncture treatment which inspired her later to attend the graduate program at the New York College of Health Professions and become a Licensed Acupuncturist in 2013. She has had a wonderful experience practicing in the nurturing environment of Hands on Acupuncture and Massage. Her son was born in February 2017 and as a new mom she particularly enjoys treating fertility, symptoms of pregnancy and inducing labor. Stephanie loves traveling with her husband, son and dog named Zeppelin. When not in the office or abroad you might find her working out in her home Pilates studio, reading, or hiking.