About Us

Kathia Kirschner Wu

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.


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, and the New England School of Acupuncture Student Clinic, Exhale Spa at Battery Wharf, Harvard Square Chiropractic, and OM NAMO yoga studio, and Acupuncture Together. 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. She currently owns Waterlily Wellness, her private acupuncture practice and at Norwood Hospital.

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.

Ece Yildrim, Lic.Ac.

Ece Yildirim, LAc, came to do this healing work as part of her own health journey. Having had many health struggles through her early life, acupuncture was the first time she finally found lasting relief, and she felt inspired to bring that same feeling of health and vitality to those who seek it. Ece studied acupuncture at the four year masters program at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR which promotes mentorship style learning and self cultivation as cornerstones to learning medicine. Through NUNM’s mentorship program, Ece was able to learn through the traditional apprenticeship style with Dr.Brenda Hood and learn many lesser-used techniques of Chinese Medicine. In addition to her coursework, she also studied with Dr.Edward Neal, Sheila Murphy, and Tami Kent allowing for study of Classical Nei Jing Acupuncture, myo-fascial bodywork techniques, cranial rhythms, and Holistic Pelvic Care ™. She is also nationally certified in acupuncture with the NCCAOM, and holds state licenses in both NY and MA.

Since her graduation in 2014, Ece has volunteered in clinics in Nepal,


opened and successfully ran a private clinic in upstate NY for two years, and recently relocated here to Boston. Serving so many varied locations has helped deepen her understanding of this medicine. She is particularly passionate about serving people who experience menstrual imbalance or are seeking perinatal care. Through her many modalities of medicine; including acupuncture, moxibustion, manual therapies, nutritional counseling and lifestyle recommendation, it is Ece’s mission to help you reach your optimal state of mental, physical, and spiritual health.