Nina Kelly’s interest in the ancient art of Chinese Face Reading stemmed from her nearly-twenty years of experience as a Five Element Classical Acupuncturist. She has been a NY State licensed acupuncturist since 1995 and practicing face reading since 2013. She attended the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Florida and the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Royal Leamington Spa, England. She has both a Licentiate and Masters in Acupuncture degrees. Her undergraduate degree was in French and pre-med studies from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.

In addition to being a partner in Soho Health Arts in New York City since 1997, Nina has worked in Columbia County since 2002. She is now expanding her practice with an office in Cohoes to serve the Capital District. Nina can be reached at 518 858-8073 or via email here.

Just a bit more about my experiences…

Except for my college years, I have lived exclusively in New York State. I grew up in Suffolk County on Long Island, with a brief stint in Staten Island. How fortunate I was to have known and been mentored by acupuncturist Carol Craig Sigler in East Hampton. She was already a local legend in the 1980’s when I first heard of her, and I was greatly blessed to have been able to work with her in her practice when I became an acupuncturist in the mid-1990’s. It was she who inspired me to study Five Element Acupuncture, a very ancient style of acupuncture rooted in Taoism with influences of shamanism. Having the opportunity to learn from the renowned late J.R. Worsley at the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture was a transformative experience. Working with ancient knowledge that is still highly applicable today is greatly satisfying to me.

The benefits of living in the country, close to Nature, were not lost on me during my childhood. In my adult life, I wanted to continue that, and am incredibly grateful to live in Columbia County, especially with its plethora of organic and biodynamic farms. Also of particular interest are the nutritional benefits of wild foods and spending time investigating the local foraging possibilities.

I have been lucky to have a number of years’ experience with the Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf educational system – it is fascinating to me how many aspects of this system feel related to Chinese Medicine. And my training with the FCT work makes me appreciate the low-technology emphasis of the school as well.

It was in 2001 that I discovered the Weston A. Price foundation. Dr. Weston Price studied and advocated traditional methods of food preparation and selection – more to write about that in future. I helped found the Columbia County Chapter of the organization, for which I was a Chapter Leader for some years. I am still a core member.

A lifelong interest of mine is the French language and culture, inspired by my Francophile mother. I was a French major at Wellesley College in addition to completing the pre-med studies. While living in Columbia County I have taught French programs in several preschools and homeschooling programs for the joy of being immersed in the language.