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We love this article by Sara Calabro, about why people who have packed schedules should make time for acupuncture. It sums up why we are committed to offer affordable and accessible treatments.

People are often pleasantly surprised that our schedule is so accommodating.  We've been offering treatments 365 days each year in Manchester since 2011.  It's our goal to open 7 days a week in Nashua, as well. 

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A brilliant colleague once opined that POCA clinics approach providing acupuncture treatments like a public utility; 

That is, work to keep access to it on as often as possible, while figuring out how to provide it to those who cannot ordinarily afford it.

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Open every day of the year in Manchester along with ever- expanding hours in Nashua, NH, MAS is here for you.

 

 

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Another way to look at the Dark Days of Winter is to not focus on the diets, cleanses and 30-day challenges, but to instead get warm and quiet.  Winter is a great time to pause and reflect.  Consider moving with the pace of nature. Slow down. Hibernate.

....Just a thought....

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"If you are considering acupuncture, ask people you trust for recommendations," says this worthwhile article that just came out in the Chicago Tribune, recently.

'Acupuncture growing in popularity for variety of medical conditions'

At MAS, we pick and choose our advertising targets carefully.  At the same time, it is a truism that word-of-mouth is the bedrock of our marketing over the past 12 years. 

I'm remembering when all the school bus drivers from a nearby town started showing up for treatments around the same time. They were hearing about MAS from one another. 

Over the years more and more people have found out the benefits of acupuncture through affordable, community clinics.  They tell (and show) their doctors and other health providers that acupuncture is helping them.  Now a few times a week, new patients will tell us that they heard about us from their doctor or their doctor suggested for them to give acupuncture a try.  Word travels, indeed.



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This new year will bring welcome additions and developments at MAS.

We're looking forward to sharing more news in short order.

For the time being, please take a peek at the new clinic schedule below. 

We've been able to add clinic hours, including the return of Friday evenings in Manchester. 

We're also very happy to announce the addition of our colleague Jodie Lemery, as a full-timer to the clinical staff. 

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Here's to another terrific year working and napping together at MAS Manchester & Nashua.

Cheers & Stay Warm!

 

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10 years ago, WMUR's NH Chronicle produced a piece for their long-running local show on the new sliding-scale, community acupuncture facility that had opened right down the street from their offices in the millyard in Manchester. At that time, Manchester Acupuncture Studio was just a year old, and much of the focus of that episode was on our lone owner/full-time acupuncturist.  Fast forward to June of 2018, MAS is a 501(c)3 non-profit, boasting a Board of Directors, two clinic locations, a staff of 13 employees and 5 full-time acupuncturists along with thousands of people who can confidently speak from the perspective of seasoned recipients of acupuncture treatments. 

In order to update viewers, NH Chronicle got together a follow-up production with the focus largely from a patient's perspective. 

We're happy to share it with you here.

 

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Why is MAS now a non-profit?

MAS has always existed for one purpose only: to provide acupuncture to as many people as possible while supporting sustainable jobs for its workers.
In other words, MAS has been provided for by staff and patients.

The decision to change the legal structure of the business from a for-profit to a non-profit was based on several different factors. As it turns out, all of them in the interest of providing MAS an opportunity to continue to do its work for decades to come, while not relying on a particular person or persons to make this possible, legally speaking.

The goal of the organization has been to serve the public by providing acupuncture services and not endeavoring to amass an excess of money. MAS blossomed as a for-profit social businesses. Over the past few years, it's become clear this social business will be better served in the long run if recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit by the IRS. This allows for the varied expertise and capital of many parties to continue to push MAS forward in its mission.

Simply put, MAS has grown too big to rest on one owner's shoulders.

It now rightfully belongs to all of us – patients, staff and the public in general.

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So let's make a few things clear. Here is what won't be changing:

- The sliding-scale. $15-$35. The basic math stays the same – we charge as little as we can, haven't raised prices in 10+ years, and have no plans to do so.

- The Staff, front desk and acu-punks. We will all continue to be here, happy to be working!

- The overarching mission of MAS: ongoing work to expand availability of acupuncture in Manchester & Nashua-area communities by increasing clinic hours and bringing on additional qualified, passionate acupuncturists.

- Membership and affiliation with POCA (The People's Organization of Community Acupuncture)

Here's what will be changing:

- MAS is now overseen by a terrific, thoughtful and wonderful Board of Directors, made up of MAS patients and staff.

- Former owner Andy Wegman now works as the Executive Director, continuing to manage day-to-day operations as well as continuing with full-time acupuncture at MAS.

- We can now accept donations in cash or kind, that are entirely tax-deductable. Donations are welcome throughout the year. On the donation front, you will see and hear much more about our upcoming efforts to secure a permanent home under our control, for MAS Manchester - and with your help!

- We can begin endeavoring to pursue outside funding for the purpose of opening up the availability of acupuncture to people who wouldn't otherwise have the chance to use it.  An example of this is our recent partnership with the VA in Manchester.

On behalf of the entire MAS Staff & Board of Directors, Thank You for your trust in us and thank you for your business. We look forward to being here with you for a long, long time to come.

Onward,

Andy Wegman, Executive Director @ MAS

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