About Lauren Boika M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac.
My first career after college was as a Registered Veterinary Technician. I love animals and wanted to care for them in their times of need, and to be a voice for them when they didn't have one. I have worked with many interesting species including dogs, cats, primates, hawks, parrots, alpacas, snakes, turtles, rodents and so many others! My favorite task as a Registered Veterinary Technician was performing anesthesia for surgeries. I took lots of continuing education credits for exotic small animal anesthesia because they are delicate little creatures and were fun to work with. I did this for over 10 years all the while dabbling in herbal studies and natural medicine.
I decided to make my hobby into a living. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Tui Na certificate from the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2012.
I graduated from a 4-year program condensed into 3 years of full-time study and internship with completion of 3,146 total hours. During school, I had a special interest in peripheral neuropathy due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment and wrote my Master's Project describing my findings and treatments implemented on my patients with such conditions.
I am grateful for having the experience of treating many children of all ages at the pain clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Acupuncture is amazing for children and there are many needle-free options for them! I also gained experience working at holistic veterinary clinics, and have literally seen miracles happen before my eyes!
I am very blessed that I do what I love for a living. I deeply enjoy connecting and getting to know everyone I work with; I always treat my patients as the individual they are. People describe me with a compassionate and kind disposition which my patients appreciate.
Currently, I see patients in Kent, Ohio. I have a special interest in treating pain maintenance, neuropathy, women's health issues as well as children.
Diplomat of Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), #153263
LAc, State Medical Board of Ohio, License #65.000274
MAcOM, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Clinical Internship (Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Asian Bodywork Therapy/Tuina Certification from ASAOM
Reiki Level 3 (ART) & Master, Usui Tradition
Celtic Herbal Studies: Brighid's Academy of the Healing Arts
Celtic Energy Healing: Mentor
Piglet born via C-section
Working with hawks
Anesthesia for a snake. Yes, you read that right.
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