Carmichael is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She practices an integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of Japanese acupuncture (KM), and Mark Seem’s Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM), with a focus on the KM style. KM practitioners palpate the abdomen and channels to find underlying imbalances, and crosscheck acupuncture points against areas of pain. Carmichael has found that using a variety of diagnostic approaches and treatment styles allows for a lot of flexibility. She has worked at the Tri-State College Student Clinic and in the private practice of a KM practitioner.
Many people in this city have pain every day—physical and emotional. They/we often have to work through that pain to get by, and many of them/us feel unable for whatever reason to get help from Western medicine. In her private practice, Carmichael has treated patients with aches and pains (including low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain from injuries, pinched nerves, osteoarthritis, etc.), muscle tension, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and fatigue. She uses moxa, cupping, tui na, and gua sha, and she does both auricular points and trigger points when needed.
Carmichael went into acupuncture after many years in the restaurant industry because she saw her friends and coworkers struggle with medical bills and student loan debt, working jobs that don’t provide health insurance, and being forced to go into work when sick. Volunteering at Bluestockings for many years, she met many people who worked long hours doing social justice work for which they often didn’t get paid. She met an acupuncturist through those people and was amazed by how much better she felt after treatments. She also saw many people who are often marginalized by the health care industry—queer people, people of color, and working class people—getting respectful compassionate quality health care through acupuncture. Carmichael is an acupuncturist because she wants her livelihood to help people become stronger, so that they are more able to both fight against injustices and enjoy their lives.