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Wellness Within Reach: Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre Business Spotlight

For nearly three decades, Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre (NCWC) has been helping its patients achieve optimal health and wellness. Unlike traditional medical centers, NCWC uses a combination of multiple wellness practices, ensuring that results are both lasting and address the root of the problem. This year, NCWC is pleased to welcome acupuncturist Alana Hammer, whose knowledge and skills provide yet another resource for NCWC’s patients.

Having spent most of her life with the intent of going to medical school, Hammer lost interest in traditional Western medical care after learning about the dismal realities of modern health insurance and large pharmaceutical companies. “I wanted to spend more quality time with my patients so that I could get to the root cause of their conditions,” she states.

Now Hammer is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who has been providing acupuncture for more than 10 years. She is also well versed in herbal medicine and other adjunctive therapies to treat acute and chronic pain, orthopedic conditions, digestive disorders, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. She holds a master of science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in San Francisco. She is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, as well as the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in clean needle technique. Hammer has received license and board certification in the states of Massachusetts, Wisconsin and California.

What makes Hammer unique as an acupuncturist is her multi-faceted approach to treatment. Though formally trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hammer has also received advanced training in distal needling acupuncture, The Balance Method and cosmetic acupuncture. She draws from each style of acupuncture to provide truly personalized care for her patients.

Alana Hammer

Having been in private practice for 10 years, Hammer is excited to join the team at NCWC. “It’s nice to be with like-minded practitioners, collaborating and facilitating the best care for our patients,” she shares. Likewise, NCWC Founder Dr. Julie Burke has been quick to recognize the ways that Hammer’s addition has contributed to NCWC. “We’ve added a valuable member to our team that really rounds out our array of services,” she explains. “Acupuncture is now another tool that NCWC can use to help our patients in conjunction with other services.”

Those interested in learning more about Hammer and acupuncture can attend a workshop she is hosting from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m., July 11, at NCWC titled Stimulate Your Brain to End Your Pain. The workshop will introduce attendees to acupuncture’s ability to improve blood flow, muscle relaxation, injury prevention, energy and endurance enhancement, and rapid recovery.

Since its beginning, NCWC has been dedicated to providing the best quality of care to its patients while simultaneously offering availability not found at traditional medical centers. In looking to the future, NCWC hopes to expand to include even more services and practitioners like Hammer. After conducting a patient survey, NCWC is considering investing in float tanks, infrared sauna, halotherapy and four-dimensional massage chairs. With the addition of Hammer and the prospect of additional services, patients of NCWC will have everything easily within reach as they seek to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Newton Chiropractic & Wellness Centre is located at 383 Elliot St., #250, Newton Upper Falls. For more information, call 617-964-3332 or visit

Sam Somera is a frequent contributor of Natural Awakenings Boston.