Spotlight on the Acupuncturist — Podcast Interview with Misty Kammarada

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Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Misty Kammarada’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly podcast. You can click the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

PodCast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode we are speaking with Misty Kammarada. Misty a licensed acupuncturist practicing at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation which is a multi-specialty wellness facility serving northern NJ and the NY metro area for the past 18 years.

Misty Kammarada is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is NCCAOM Certified in Acupuncture & Herbs and CCAOM Certified in Clean Needle Technique. Misty has been part of the team at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation since 2012.
Misty Kammarada is widely considered to be one of the top acupuncturists in the country and she is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic:
Spotlight on the Acupuncturist

RC: Hello Misty how are you today?

Misty Kammarada: Hi Liz, I’m good. Thank you for having me.

RC: Well great, thank you for being here.

Question 1: How did you get started in acupuncture and what was involved in your education and training?

RC: So I read that there are only a handful of licensed acupuncturists in New Jersey. How did you get started in acupuncture and what was involved in your education and training?

Misty Kammarada: I got started in acupuncture because it really helped me through several times in my life when I was experiencing issues related to celiac disease, which I have. It was really the only thing that gave me any relief whatsoever so that really inspired me to want to learn and provide that to other people. So I started Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2006. I already had previously had my certification and license in massage therapy so I basically went into an acupuncture school for four years which involved quite a great deal of classroom hours – about a thousand hours of hands-on clinical experience and internships with St. Vincent’s Hospital with the HIV clinic, also to Yonkers Smithers Drug and Rehabilitation Center. So there was like a lot of hands-on clinical hours in addition to the classroom hours that I had to accomplish.

Question 2: How important are your safety precautions during an acupuncture treatment considering you are using needles all the time?

RC: And how important are your safety precautions during an acupuncture treatment considering you are using needles all the time?

Misty Kammarada: Safety precautions are always taken, universal precautions are always taken. Basically clean needle technique – all the needles are sterile when we use them. They are disposed of immediately following a treatment with an individual. So basically acupuncture is pretty safe in a sense where we don’t reuse needles. We don’t have to sterilize equipment unless it’s like a glass cup or something of that nature which basically never comes into contact with any fluids or any part of the patient other than their skin. So basically anything we use that might potentially touch any substance or fluid of the body is disposed of immediately.

Question 3: Considering acupuncture treats many health conditions, you must see a wide variety of clients including those with mental health and fertility issues. Are you considered part of their broader medical team or is acupuncture treatment managed separately?

RC: Great. Considering acupuncture treats many health conditions, you must see a wide variety of clients including those with mental health and fertility issues. Are you considered part of their broader medical team or is acupuncture treatment managed separately?

Misty Kammarada: In any clinic I’ve worked at I’ve really always been considered a broader part of the medical team. At Ferraro Spine, I work alongside chiropractors, I work alongside physical therapists, I work alongside orthopedists. So we really all work together to accomplish one goal with a patient and that’s to get rid of their pain.

Question 4: We love a good success story. Can you please give us an example of a case in which acupuncture treatments made a big difference in someone’s life?

RC: And you know we all love a good success story. So can you please give us an example of a case in which acupuncture treatments made a big difference in someone’s life?

Misty Kammarada: Sure, I would love that. Actually I’ll tell you my favorite story.  I used to work in a fertility clinic treating women who were undergoing IVS, also woman who had just trouble conceiving and I had a forty-two year old woman who had about five failed IVS treatments and was considering surrogacy but decided to give acupuncture a try just to give it one last go before surrogacy. And we literally got her pregnant after the third visit and she now has a healthy baby. So that’s my favorite story.

Question 5: What advice would you give to someone who is considering acupuncture but is too nervous to try it?

RC: That’s fantastic and what advice would you give to someone who is considering acupuncture but is too nervous to try it?

Misty Kammarada: I would tell them to at least come in with an open mind. There are some acupuncturists like myself who use very very few needles. I nowadays don’t use more than five or six in a treatment and we can always cater towards someone’s comfortability. If someone needs less needles or they’re uncomfortable with what we’re doing, we can immediately stop and there’s other avenues of treatment under the scope of Chinese medicine. Like I said, there’s cupping, there’s gua sha, there’s myofascial work – involves just use of the hand, tui na which is the same – involving just use of the hands. And very very fine needles can be used on anybody so basically we can always make sure someone is comfortable and get a good result.

RC: Well thank you Misty for joining us today. I want to thank you for your time and for sharing all this information with us.

Misty Kammarada: I’m happy to do it. Thanks for having me.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Misty Kammarada, you can go online at www.ferrarospine.com or call (973) 478-2212 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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