Heather Ricard is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York, and is an active member of the Acupuncture Society of New York and of the American Acupuncture Council. She completed her Master’s of Acupuncture at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine located in New York City. While earning her Master’s Heather attained her Oriental Medicine For Facial Rejuvenation Certification, and also trained in the NADA protocol at the Lincoln Recovery Center in Bronx, NY. The NADA protocol uses auricular acupuncture to assist in drug and alcohol detoxification as part of a chemical dependency outpatient program.
In October 2012, on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, Heather completed the training for Acupuncturists Without Borders, Healing Community Trauma: How to do Acupuncture for Traumatic Events, in New York, New York. This is a training program for how to set up a mobile clinic and do field acupuncture for disasters; trauma relief and recovery; community service clinics for veterans and their families (in AWB’s Military Stress Recovery Project) and other populations in the community. After Hurricane Sandy occurred Heather volunteered her services to the community and assisted in setting up mobile acupuncture clinics in New York City, treating evacuees, rescue workers, DMAT crews, medics, and others affected by Hurricane Sandy's aftermath.
As a long time argentine tango dancer Heather is familiar with and has experience treating the injuries of dancers and athletes alike.