Acupuncture Practitioners at The Healing Arts Center
Our team of compassionate and skilled Acupuncturists have many specialties ranging from fertility to cancer care, from pro sports acupuncture to family medicine and pediatrics. We believe in working together and making life as convenient for our patients as possible. You are welcome to see any and all of us at the convenience of your schedule and you can even hop between locations while maintaining continuity of care. Our founder, Steven Mavros, L.OM., had the same ideas in mind when he and Dr. Silverman started the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia back in 2006.
Our Acupuncture Practitioners
Our team of compassionate and skilled Acupuncturists have many specialties ranging from fertility to cancer care, from pro sports acupuncture to family medicine and pediatrics. We believe in working together and making life as convenient for our patients as possible. You are welcome to see any and all of us at the convenience of your schedule and you can even hop between locations while maintaining continuity of care.
Our founder, Steven Mavros, L.OM., had the same ideas in mind when he and Dr. Silverman started the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia back in 2006. The goal was to bring together in one place a diverse group of complementary medicine providers so a patient will have access to the most well rounded holistic care without having to even leave the office. We’ve since expanded from our main center in Old City and branched out to our two suburban locations to make accessing quality complementary care that much easier.
Steven Mavros, L.OM.
Steve has been an acupuncturist and herbalist since 2001. Though he treats a wide variety of conditions, he has been focusing on male and female infertility since his first month of practice. Working hand-in-hand with reproductive endocrinologists and even treating on-site at fertility clinics, Steve has helped pioneer the acupuncture for fertility field in Philadelphia. His practice also includes other focuses including chronic pain, headaches and migraines, menstrual issues and menopause, anxiety, stroke rehabilitation and fibromyalgia.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology, Steve began his Chinese Medicine training in Shanghai, China at YueYang Hopsital. He went on to receive his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the oldest acupuncture school in the US, the New England School of Acupuncture. He returned to Philadelphia with the hopes of bringing an integrated approach to hospitals, as he first learned in Shanghai, where eastern and western medicine were well intertwined for the betterment of the whole patient. After hitting many walls, he decided to start his own center and partnered with Dr. Silverman along the way.
Steve is the former President of the Association of Professional Acupuncture and is the rotating faculty and clinical supervisor at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. He’s been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Philly Style, and CBS Health Watch for his work with infertility.
Steve's Specialities: Male and Female Infertility, Chronic Pain, Migraines and Headaches, IVF Support, AutoImmune Disorders
Tansy Briggs, L.OM.
Tansy M. Briggs began her practice in New Mexico in 2002 where she ran a private practice. In 2011, she sold her practice and relocated to the Philadelphia area and has brought with her a unique approach with a focus on the whole family. Tansy obtained her bachelors degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA in Environment, Technology and Society, concentrating in Biology and Chemistry, which met the requirements for pre-med. However, Tansy became more interested in how the body works ‘the best’ and pursued a career in Natural Medicine. This led to Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, NM where she obtained her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) in 2001.
Tansy brings her depth and knowledge of treating patients over a decade of successful family practice with all health care issues from infants to adults. Although comfortable in treating any health issue, Tansy’s most noted successes are in the treatment of stress, pain and injuries, chronic illnesses, life transitions, peri-menopause and menopause, heart health, endocrine health, hormone balancing, correcting metabolic imbalances, health and emotional issues affecting children (infants through teens), fertility, pregnancy (all stages) and post-partum care. Tansy is compassionate and provides gentle care in all aspects and stages of your life and health. She practices integrative Oriental Medicine: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Therapeutic Nutrition, and other Natural Therapeutics, to provide unique and comprehensive care. Treatment and care regularly complements with conventional health care.
Tansy joined the Healing Arts Center in 2011 and is also a current adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies.
Tansy's Specialties: Chronic Illnesses, Pain and Injuries, Pediatrics, Life Transitions for Men, Women and Children, Fertility, Allergies
Julie Schwartz, M.S., L.OM.
Julie Schwartz, M.S., L.OM., earned her Master’s of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2003. She is licensed by the Pennsylvania Medical Board and is a National Diplomate in Acupuncture. In her practice, Julie uses various modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and nutritional therapy. As a health care provider, she sees many patients with a wide variety of conditions. Julie has experience with a wide range of issues from fertility to cancer care, stress and anxiety, menstrual disorders, emotional concerns, digestive disorders, injuries, and pain management.
Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While living in San Francisco, Julie worked for several years at the University of California-San Francisco, both at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and at the Cancer Center. She also maintained a busy private practice. She relocated to her home town of Philadelphia and joined the Healing Arts Center in 2006.
Julie's Specialties: Cancer Care, Male and Female Infertility, Stress and Anxiety, Menstrual Disorders, Digestive Disorders, Pain Management
Vashni Nilon, L.Ac.
Vashni is a licensed acupuncturist with a real love of Western Medicine. She values an integrated approach and is particularly interested in treating infertility – both male and female. She treats patients undergoing fertility treatments as well as those hoping to conceive naturally. Her other specialties and passions are patients dealing with cancer, anxiety, depression and pain of all kinds. A big proponent of corporate wellness, she, along with Steve Mavros, implemented an acupuncture program at Urban Outfitters which is still going strong today.
Her first experience with acupuncture was after a wretched year of chemotherapy and surgery. She is currently cancer free and knew from her first acupuncture treatment that this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
She received her Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the Won Institute in Glenside, PA.
Vashni's Specialties: Male and Female Infertility, Cancer Care, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain
Kelly began studying medicine at Depaul University, Chicago. There she received a BS in Biology and Chemistry. She then earned a degree in Fire Science and Para medicine, continuing on to work as a paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department for eight years. While working as a paramedic she became more and more aware of the negative effects of drugs and medicine on the body.
Searching for alternative therapies, Kelly began studying herbal medicine. Falling in love with Chinese Medicine, Kelly continued her education at the Pacific College of Oriental medicine. She completed her graduate studies and received a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese medicine from the South East Institute of Oriental Medicine. Kelly is board certified by the NCCAOM in Chinese Medicine, both Acupuncture and Herbology.
Kelly is a passionate, caring and gentle practitioner. She firmly believes in the body's ability to heal itself. Her training in acupuncture along with her certification in herbal medicine enables her to treat a wide variety of conditions with amazing results. When she's not busy with her husband and two beautiful babies, Kelly enjoys swimming, cycling and running.
Lydia Reese, L.Ac.
Joining us from across the river, Lydia has been practicing acupuncture since 2004. She’s had over 10 years training in Chinese healing arts between Daoist Yoga, Qi Gong, and Chi Healing Therapy along with her M.S. in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She’s certified in both NJ and PA and has her B.S. from Drexel University. Her care is very centered around women, from menstrual problems to menopause, fertility to pregnancy, labor to post-partum issues. She also spends time at Lourdes Hospital and has vast experience in treating pre and post-surgical complications.
Lydia's Specialties: Musculoskeletal Conditions, Fertility Challenges, Pre and Post Surgical Healing, Pregnancy and Labor Pains, Women’s Issues and Menses Pain, Post-Partum Depression
Taissa Kira, L.Ac.
Taissa's treatment strategies stem from using a combination of therapies acquired over 20 years of experience in competitive sports, massage, myofascial release, Reiki, acupuncture and oriental medicine. Taissa supports each patient with dietary, emotional and lifestyle programs.
Taissa lived in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore for over 14 years and experienced, firsthand, the power of Eastern medicine integrated with Western. After receiving regular acupuncture for a variety of ailments and sports injuries, it became clear that she needed to study and practice this art of healing.
Her treatments are hands-on and uniquely designed for each patient and their individual needs. Her partnerships with her patients always include dietary and lifestyle advice and support. She is an internationally certified massage therapist through ITEC and BABTEC and studied bodywork and myofascial release while living in South East Asia.
Taissa graduated as Valedictorian of her class at the Won Institute and holds a Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl.Ac.) from the NCCAOM.
Taissa's Specialties: Pain relief, Stress Release, Male and Female Infertility, Digestive Disorders and Weight Management.
Carrie Pratt, L.Ac.
Carrie has been working and teaching in the health and wellness field since 2002. She holds her master’s degree in Acupuncture, is a yoga instructor, a certified massage therapist, and a certified BodyTalk practitioner.
Carrie’s interest in the healing field began in high school when she noticed that her performance and health greatly improved with a regular stretching and bodywork routines. Since then, she has been on a continuous quest to find the best ways to bring health and healing to her clients, friends and community.
As a result of her passion, Carrie founded and ran a wellness center and boutique in MA before moving back to PA to study Acupuncture at the WON institute in Glenside PA.
Happy to be back in her home state, Carrie uses her skills to bring her client’s bodies, minds and spirits into balance so that they may discover greater health, less stress and an increased passion for life.
Carrie's Specialties: Women's Health, Pediatrics, Male and Female Infertility, Prenatal Care, Chronic Pain