The Kelli Chronicles (TKC): Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Stephanie Coogan (SC): I earned my Masters in Oriental Medicine through a four-year, post graduate program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC. This program also included Tuina massage, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I interned at St. Vincent Hospital in NYC, and during my last internship at school was fortunate enough to study in Bejiing under the study of Dr. Wang. In my extensive training working at Norwalk Hospital and Silver Hill Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department, I have treated a wide range of patients for a broad variety of acute and chronic health issues. I specialize in mental/emotional disorders, digestive issues, cancer, pain management, and women’s health.
The Kelli Chronicles (TKC): How long have you been practicing acupuncture?
Stephanie Coogan (SC): I have been practicing acupuncture for 14 years
TKC: How did you become interested in acupuncture?
SC: I was always interested in alternative medicine but after receiving acupuncture myself when living in CA. Years ago and how it worked so well for me I decided this was the path I wanted to take
TKC: What is your favorite part of this practice?
SC: My favorite part of practicing Chinese Medicine is the variety of patients meet and the multiple variety of symptoms I treat. It keeps me challenged and loving what do on a daily basis! recommend acupuncture for any and all symptoms, Chinese Medicine can really treat it all From migraines to low back pain, hot flashes and fertility issues to name just few
TKC: Why do most patients come to you?
SC: The most widely seen and treated ailment is acute and chronic pain treated with acupuncture. Most people associate acupuncture with helping pain related issues Most patients when coming in for one ailment usually have more they realize we can work on within a session,
In the past ten years, I have worked at two different hospitals. One that treated addiction disorders which included anxiety and depression and presently currently working at Norwalk Hospital which I treat many cancer patients. With the knowledge and experience I have gained through these years I really feel like my specialty falls within mental emotional disorders and a wide variety of chemotherapy related ailments
TKC: What’s the most common reaction after trying acupuncture?
SC: Patients are usually surprised that they really don’t feel any pain associated with the needles once inserted The fear that may overcome them with the unknowing what the needles may feel like going in soon leaves them feeling calm and relaxed once the needles come out at the end of the session.
TKC: What would you advise clients who are trying acupuncture for the first time?
SC: If someone is new at acupuncture I tell them that they may feel sensations like a tingling, warming, heaviness or aching sensation. These sensations are normal and always a good sign that the needles are working.
TKC: How long does it typically take to see results with acupuncture?
SC: Depending on the patient and what the symptoms are really depends on when results will be achieved. Typically, a patient needs to give acupuncture up to five sessions before really seeing a change. The key is the consistency of the sessions, at least once a week every week. Along with the needles, there are Chinese herbal formulas, and other modalities such as cupping, electrical stimulation, laser treatment, gun sha and more.