Jean Carr, LAc, MAOM, Diplomat Acupuncture NCCAOM

Jean Carr

Jean Carr

Jean is a Licensed Acupuncturist who earned her Masters Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (MAOM) at the Asian Institute of Medical Studies in Tucson, Arizona. Jean is a Board Certified Diplomat of Acupuncture with the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Jean specializes in Japanese Acupuncture. She teaches Japanese Acupuncture at the Asian Institute of Medical Studies and has taught Scalp Acupuncture at the Arizona School of Acupuncture.  She has written a handbook for Japanese Acupuncture, “Grasping the Gecko by the Tail” used by her students and several schools. Jean has been in practice since 2005.

Jean is a proud member of:
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Personal Path

Healing as a Spiritual Path

Healing as a Spiritual Path

Fall down seven times, get up eight

This quote sums up my journey to acupuncture. Once a long distance biker and cross country skier, I met a midlife crisis in the form of a broken neck from a bicycle accident. Neurosurgeons put my neck together. Acupuncture put my life back together.

I moved to Tucson after living in Minnesota for over 25 years and 5 years in the mountains of Colorado.  I was a busy “soccer mother” with two children, an enthusiastic biker, cross country skier and tennis player.   I have always been interested in a healthy life style. When surgeries left me unable to continue an active life, my path took me in a new direction as a healer.

At a time in life when most people would be thinking of retirement, I chose to start a new career as an acupuncturist. It is as if everything in my life has been a preparation for this practice.
It is easy to see the path that lay in front of me from my family lineage of healing with five generations of doctors. I, on the other hand, majored in English in college. I chose anything but medicine. After college, I became a mother, teacher, advocate, writer, and a passionate athlete.

When my Mom asked me why I finally joined the family profession, my answer was simple. When I was younger, I did not want to work with sick people. They were not themselves! I told my Mom I now see illness as an opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation.

Chinese Medicine does not separate  the body and the mind from the spirit.  Slightly out of the box, I could join the family profession through the tradition of Chinese medicine.

Healing as a Spiritual Journey

Healing as a Spiritual Journey

Healing as a Spiritual Journey

“What people underwent in the past through voluntary spiritual ordeals is now encountered through the consequences of illness and treatment.” Deena Metzger, “The Soul of Medicine,” American Holistic Medical Association.

Indigenous societies have their adolescents go through rigorous rites of passage as part of their spiritual training. In contemporary society we no longer have these experiences. Today our spiritual transformation often comes through illness and trauma.

My reconstructed neck became my life changing process.  Four surgeries and six fusions left me with a different perspective on life.  Living with fundamental changes burns away life’s distractions to reveal the bare bones of one’s true nature.

“We learn our most powerful medicine through our own bodies and lives.” Deena Metzger

Jean at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Jean at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

My path of healing has given me a personal understanding of the energetics of the human body.  As a medicine using the energy of Qi, acupuncture heals with spirit, the consciousness that resides in the heart.

I bring a profound compassion and understanding to my practice of acupuncture. It is a privilege to work with people who are searching for another way to heal. I can also absolutely, positively say from personal experience

My Dad making a house call in Kansas City in the 50's.

that acupuncture works!

To my dad, Dr R Glenn Elliott, at 90

To my Dad, Dr. R. Glenn Elliott, at 90.