Without Fannie’s remarkable talent with needles, her intuition, her knowledge of nutrition and herbs, I would be stuck. Traditional medicine, visits to several doctors and specialists, left me without hope and without a plan to get better. Fannie has done what the ‘experts’ could not do and brought me back to a place of hope and health.

Fannie Licensed Acupuncturist

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

Acupuncturist | Herbalist | Reiki Master

Fannie is a nationally board-certified and state-licensed practitioner who 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.

Read about Fannie in her interview with Boston Voyager!


It all started with a pendant from a street festival: a glass sea turtle had caught my eye with its beautiful colors that changed playfully with the light. I wear it around my neck all the time and get so many compliments on it that it's amazing how long it took me to realize that it was the perfect spirit animal for my clinical practice.

The turtle has always offered great symbolism for the practice of Chinese Medicine. It is patient, wise, and enjoys great longevity under the right circumstances. Chinese medicine is the same in that it plays the long game. It's about balancing the body and returning it to its natural state of health. You can't rush if you want to do it right, and once health issues resolve, they tend to stay stable for quite a long time.

As to why the turtle is flying, I picture the giant sea turtles in the ocean and how fast they can swim. We have this impression that turtles are slow, but that’s because they are walking on land. In water, they move with a grace and speed that makes them look like they are flying.

I also found my “ocean” when I found a career in Chinese medicine. It feels like this was what I was always meant to do. Here, I met my tribe. I had worked in consulting, travel, journalism, finance, and education, but none of those roles ever quite felt right until I worked as an acupuncturist.

Coming to the clinic is like coming home - I find my center, I find peace, and I find joy! No matter what else is going on in my life, I can come back to the clinic, start seeing patients, and I will find myself. I imagine flying feels like this - natural, easy, as if I was born to do this.

A Little Guide To The Suffixes

  • Lic. Ac.

    Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist 
    Board of Registration in Medicine
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Dipl. O.M.

    Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)