As a doctor of acupuncture, Rachel partners with her patients to achieve harmony and health of the mind, body, and spirit. She uses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, and other modalities to treat acute and chronic symptom s, working towards global health. Rachel’s patients often feel relief at their first appointment, finding and enjoying a deepening of the breath, clearer eyes, and a sense of settling into their body. Over the course of treatment, Rachel and her patients work diligently together to make space – in the body and in life – for the lasting healing that comes with rest and recovery.
Rachel was drawn to acupuncture while training to become a first-degree black belt in the traditional Japanese martial art Aikido. There were aches and pains along the way (surprise!) and she was treated successfully with acupuncture and chiropractic. Acupuncture kept her healthy during two pregnancies…. She found herself continuously referring friends and family for similar courses of treatment. Feeling called, Rachel left a successful real estate career to attend the New England School of Acupuncture, now part of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester, MA, where she trained in Chinese, Japanese, and Orthopedic acupuncture as well as other adjunct therapies. As an intern she treated patients at Boston Medical Center, UMass Memorial and Cambridge Health Alliance’s Malden Family Health Center. The daughter of a chiropractor, Rachel sees this career change as a further aligning of her upbringing and passion for health with her training in Aikido and Zen. Becoming a healer honors her family’s legacy and is a confluence of her own life’s journey.
Today, Rachel Martinez is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Before becoming an acupuncturist, Rachel graduated from RISD in 1994 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Degree in Painting and later became a leasing agent for Armory Revival in Providence. During her tenure at Armory, Rachel helped many families and individuals find the perfect home
She is an in-network provider with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Tufts.
Rachel continues to train in Aikido and Zen meditation. She lives in Cranston with her husband Esteban, their two children, and their dog Bucky.