Ocean Path, Acadia National Park

Fannie T. Koa, Lic. Ac., Dipl. O.M., MAOM, MBA

Owner and Practitioner, Flying Turtle Healing Arts

“Fannie is a mature practitioner with the grace of a life finally devoted to what she cares about… She brings a living experience of the ways in which acupuncture can restore you to a sense of bodily well-being that you have either forgotten or never known was possible.” – Teri T.

***Read Fannie’s interview with Boston Voyager online***


Fannie’s passion for Eastern medicine can be traced back to her roots as a third-generation Chinese immigrant in the Philippines, where she grew up surrounded by food infused with herbal medicine thanks to her mother and grandmothers. She has spent a lifetime integrating the best of Eastern and Western cultures, and finally discovered that Chinese medicine provided a perfect home for her inquisitive mind and free spirit.

Fannie specializes in the areas of acute and chronic myofascial pain conditions, women’s health (including fertility), and anxiety disorders. She has a strong interest in food cures and the topical use of Chinese herbs, which is evident in the prominent role of nutrition counseling in her practice and the creation of her own line of tendon and trauma liniments.

Fannie lives in the Boston area with her husband and a fur baby. (Puppy therapy is always a negotiable part of treatment.) She enjoys good food, the company of friends and family, travel, and music. Nowadays, if she is not seeing patients, she is probably still trying to finish the Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage or looking for a cauldron and broomstick on Pottermore.

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Training & Qualifications

Fannie is a nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist who practices at Davis Square Healing Arts, a community of independent health practitioners who share a space in Somerville’s bustling Davis Square. Fannie is also one of the acupuncturists/herbalists on staff at New England Community Acupuncture‘s North Andover clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, where she sees an average of 30-40 patients per week.

Fannie also worked for two years at 360 NeuroMuscular Therapy (360NMT) in Needham, MA where she received additional training in Trigger Point Therapy using bodywork and dry needling (through Myopain Seminars). The team at 360 NMT integrates trigger point deactivation techniques and advanced massage therapy to alleviate pain.

Fannie graduated from New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), the oldest school of Oriental Medicine in the United States, where she completed over 3,000 hours of academic and clinical training. She is licensed by both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Boards of Medicine and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with the NCCAOM.

Here is little guide to the cryptic suffixes:

  • Lic.Ac. – Licensed Acupuncturist, approved by stateNESADipl.O.M.
  • Dipl.O.M. – Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, national certification obtained by passing four board exams through the NCCAOM
  • MAOM – Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, graduate degree awarded by the New England School of Acupuncture for those who studied both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • MBA – Masters in Business Administration, graduate degree awarded by Babson College

Fannie is also certified Usui Reiki Master, but she is not adding any more suffixes to her name.