Daniel Chace (who goes by “Chace”) is a Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in Japanese Style Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Chace sees patients of all ages for conditions ranging from acute and chronic pain, digestive issues, autoimmune disorders, to male and female infertility. He specializes in treating psycho-emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Chace holds a Master in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture and is a Diplomate of Acupuncture certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He is also licensed in Massachusetts by the Board of Registration in Medicine. Currently, Chace has a clinic in Plainville, MA and is a Clinical Assistant in the Japanese Acupuncture Department at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS).
I grew up in North Attleboro, MA and went to The University of Rhode Island where I earned my B.S. in Zoology. After graduating from URI, I spent a year working for the Roger Williams Park Zoo as a Zookeeper. I then spent several years working in the field of Ornithology for the Utah Division of Wildlife and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 1998 I was offered a position at The Fessenden School in West Newton, MA. I spent the next 13 years at Fessenden teaching science in the Upper School as well as being head of the Department for the last 8 years of my tenure.
Prior to attending the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), my only experience with acupuncture had been an impromptu session over dinner where a single needle helped alleviate shoulder pain I had been experiencing for over a year. While I had studied martial arts for over 15 years at Kodokai Martial Arts in North Smithfield, RI, trained in Okinawa, Japan, and had always been drawn to the spiritual aspects of the Asian culture, this experience proved to be a critical point in my life. Two years later I left my career in education behind and created a plan that would interconnect my passions of education, martial arts, and the world of Chinese Medicine.
As I moved through the curriculum at NESA, the techniques and theory of the Japanese style clearly resonated with me. I assisted with top Japanese Acupuncturists in the Boston area, I traveled to Japan to study under experts in the field of needling, moxibustion, and Shakuju Therapy. Over the three years of coursework, I not only earned my Master of Acupuncture, but I became a witness to the power of this 2000+ year old medicine.
What makes my practice unique is that I blend the creative techniques of Japanese Style Acupuncture with my Western scientific background and experience as an educator. Most importantly, my practice is guided by my personal experience. As a child and young adult, I suffered from severe anxiety. It seemed, regardless of the conditions of my life, I felt unsettled, anxious, and for the most part, always out of balance. The medical doctors I consulted with all gave me the same diagnosis. They prescribed me with various medications, all of which left me in a fog, tired, and never truly relieving me of my anxiety. I learned quickly that medical doctors could offer no cure for symptoms, only prescription medications that were simply masking my issues.
During my first year at NESA, I developed a better understanding of the close relationship between the food I was consuming and the daily anxiety I experienced. What I came to understand, was the lack of nutritious food and an unhealthy lifestyle had created an imbalance in my system. While attending NESA, I significantly altered what I ate, how I exercised, and how I experienced life. These changes, along with weekly acupuncture treatments allowed me to take control over my anxiety. The process was incredibly difficult, but the results have been well worth the effort. Now as a practitioner, I see similar imbalances at the root of many symptoms that my patients present with and I enjoy watching the transformation each of my patients undergoes throughout the process.
I look forward to sharing what I have learned with each and every patient I am lucky enough to treat.