About Us

Kathia Kirschner Wu, Lic. Ac.

Kathia chose to enter this field because of her original interest in psychology and her desire to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. She uses Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine to help you stay balanced. Kathia has experience treating a variety of conditions, and has a special interest in women’s health, emotional disorders, pain conditions and cancer recovery.20150915_161834-1

Kathia was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and moved to the United States in 2001.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in human development at Cornell University.  She then spent a few years working  with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma before attending the New England School of Acupuncture for her Masters in Oriental Medicine. Kathia is an avid traveler who enjoys getting to know people and learning about different cultures. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese with a working knowledge of French.

Outside of work, Kathia enjoys practicing Kung Fu, dancing, reading fantasy novels, and hanging out with her family.


New England School of Acupuncture
Masters in Oriental Medicine with Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture
Licensed in Massachusetts by the Board of Medicine

Harvard Medical School Continuing Education
Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate

Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
B.S. in Human Development with Honors and Distinctions


Kathia was on the Board of Directors for the Global Acupuncture Project (GAP) from 2011 to 2015, an organization that teaches local health providers to use acupuncture in communities of need around the world. Through GAP, Kathia personally volunteered to train health care practitioners in Uganda and collected research data for a study, along with Lisa Conboy, Ph.D. and Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac. She then presented the positive results at the Society for Acupuncture in Research in April 2013. Later, this pilot study was published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine in July 2014.

Locally, Kathia has worked as an acupuncturist and herbalist at the Roxbury Community Health Center, Pathways to Wellness at the South End Community Health Center, Shattuck Hospital, Harvard Square Chiropractic, Exhale Spa, Acupuncture Together, and Norwood Hospital. Kathia has also been a Teaching Assistant at the New England School of Acupuncture for a number of classes. Her diverse experiences have led to her holistic knowledge base and skills. 

Ashley Ledford, Lic. Ac.

Ashley Ledford, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. holds a Masters in Acupuncture from The New England School of Acupuncture. She is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the Board of Medicine to practice in MA. Her education also encompassed training in various forms of energy work including Tui na, Sotai, and certifications in Reiki and Tong Ren Therapy.

She has practiced at Boston Medical Center, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and Malden hospital. In the course of her practice Ashley has learned to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine, believing that any disharmony within the body is best treated through an all encompassing approach to wellness.

Julia Nayak, Lic.Ac.

When I came to Boston’s Chinatown to study martial arts, I was a pudgy 19 year-old, skeptical of mystical notions. I was horrifically out of shape, had struggled with frequent illnesses, insomnia, and back pain my whole life. Over two years I honed my body and my mind, and my skepticism slowly decreased. I discovered meditation, qigong, and energy healing. One day I wondered what I should do with my life and asked my kung fu master. He told me “Julia, have you even considered acupuncture?”

Within a week I had my first treatment, and over the next few months an old shoulder injury no longer bothered me, my back pain and I had started to get a decent night’s sleep for the first time in my life. I was amazed, and went from a skeptic of alternative medicine to a believer. I was so impressed that I started to study at the New England School of Acupuncture.

Fast forward through several years of intense studies and the beginnings of my acupuncture career that bring me to Waterlilly Wellness. Becoming an acupuncturist has enriched my life more than I can imagine. I love all of my patients, but especially enjoy working with PTSD, chronic pain, and lyme disease.