Carrie Sawtell, L.Ac., M.S., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
Carrie is a licensed acupuncturist and is board-certified in Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbology) by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After graduation, she made her way to California, where she studied acupressure, tui na (Chinese massage), and shiatsu (Japanese massage) at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley. She received her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MSTCM) from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California. Upon graduation, she moved to Shanghai, China, where she lived for over three and a half years, continuing her studies. She completed the Advanced Acupuncture Training Program at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also interned at two of Shanghai's prestigious Chinese medicine hospitals: in the Acupuncture department at Yueyang Hospital and in the Herbology department at Shuguang hospital. In addition, she learned Mandarin and traveled extensively throughout China and Southeast Asia. She founded Many Rivers Community Acupuncture in 2011. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CSAOM) and currently volunteers for the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).
Heather Finn, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Heather is a licensed acupuncturist and is board-certified in Acupuncture by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She earned her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She earned her Masters of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) degree in 2000 from the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts. She has extensive experience treating people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer patients, and cancer survivors, for the stress caused by those conditions and the side effects caused by their treatments. Heather founded the community acupuncture clinic at ECHN's Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute at the DeQuattro Cancer Center in Manchester, Connecticut. She also provides acupuncture at ECHN's Women's Center for Wellness in South Windsor. In addition, she provides acupuncture to the clients of AIDS Connecticut at the Connections Wellness Center in Hartford.
Mary Cole, L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
Mary is a licensed acupuncturist and is board-certified in Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbology) by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She earned her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire and her Masters of Oriental Medicine (MAOM) degree from the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts. Upon graduation, she studied Balance Method Acupuncture with Dr. Richard Tan. Prior to coming to Many Rivers, she worked for four and a half years at Manchester Acupuncture Studio in Manchester, New Hampshire, which is one of the busiest acupuncture clinics in the country. Mary is a Connecticut native and is happy to be back in her home state.
Bob Robles, L.Ac., M.Ed., MLS, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Bob is a licensed acupuncturist and is board-certified in Acupuncture by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Bob earned his B.A. from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and his M.Ed. from Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts in 2000 with a concentration in Japanese meridian therapy style acupuncture. Upon graduation, he returned to Connecticut where he has run community acupuncture clinics in Newington, Bristol, and Southington. Bob has trained in numerous acupuncture styles, and uses his knowledge to choose the best treatment course for each individual. He has studied Balance Method Acupuncture with Dr. Richard Tan, and he also practices Korean Hand Therapy, Keiraku Chiryo Meridian Therapy, and Yoshio Manaka-style acupuncture.
Sandy is our receptionist who works Monday - Friday mornings from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday the 13th! Upon graduating from the University of Louisville, she married and had two wonderful children. She is the grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren, the heart of her life. Having moved over 27 times and lived in many different cities within the United States, she finally discovered her passion, Advocacy. She is a compassionate, dedicated and organized individual who deeply cares about abused men, women, children and seniors. Advocating for their place in life turned into working for The Center for Women and Families in collaberation with the Jefferson County Police Domestic Violence Unit. In addition, she worked as Program Director for Senior Victims of Violent Crime with ElderServe, Inc., and with SeniorCare Experts feeding indigent and disabled adults and seniors. Having retired twice she is back at work again. This time living in Vernon, Connecticut and working part-time as the receptionist at a place she loves, Many Rivers Community Acupuncture.
Susan is our receptionist who works Tuesday evenings from 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday mornings from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, and whenever we need an extra hand. She has been married for 18 years to her best friend, Jon. She has two children and her husband also has two children. Together they have 8 grandchildren. She attends Canton Community Baptist Church, where she has served as a Deacon for the past 5 years. Susan started receiving acupuncture at Many Rivers as a patient in March 2015. In the beginning, she came three times a week, but now gets treatments twice per week. She calls herself a Many Rivers' "lifer," because she can't imagine her life without acupuncture. She loves working at the front desk, meeting our fascinating patients, and explaining to newbies how much acupuncture has helped her.
Video Interview of Carrie Sawtell, L.Ac. by the Rotary Club
About Our Logo
Many Rivers' logo was inspired by the ancient Chinese character ''zhōu," which depicts an island surrounded by flowing waters. The modern version of this character is 州. Chinese calligrapher Su Fu Geng (苏富根) painted a large version of our logo, which is currently on display in our clinic.