Open Space Community Acupuncture - Union Square

70 Union Square #102, Somerville, MA 02143    |     617-627-9700

Who We Are

Daphne Jochnick, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Daphne’s practice emphasizes a person’s whole health, including mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Daphne has her master’s degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Columbia MD (1997).

She supervised at the Tai-Sophia student faculty clinic in Maryland, and helped to initiate and direct the N St. Village acupuncture addiction recovery program in Washington, DC. She led a volunteer group of acupuncturists to treat in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and to Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, with Acupuncturists Without Borders.

In 2008 she began practicing community acupuncture with the aim of making acupuncture affordable, using Dr Tan and Master Tung techniques. She worked at the Cape Cod Community Acupuncture Clinic in W.Dennis, directed Hyannis Community Acupuncture Clinic, and in May 2011 opened Open Space Community Acupuncture Clinic in Somerville, MA.   Daphne speaks Spanish and Swedish

Andrew Cheever, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)

cheever02Andrew Cheever graduated with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 2011. His education also included training in Qi Gong.

While in New York he volunteered as an acupuncturist at the Housing Works healthcare clinic and also worked with the Integrative Therapies Program in the pediatric oncology ward at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He currently works as a detox acupuncturist in the Behavioral Health department at Fenway Health in Boston.

Andrew has been practicing the traditional Korean martial art Soo Bahk Do since 1989 and instructing since 1996. In 2005 he was awarded his Sa Dan (Master) rank. He also has experience working with individuals with physical, cognitive and social handicaps.

Andrew has a B.A. in Religion from Temple University and is a worker-owner at the fair-trade food company Equal Exchange.

Oren “Ren” Pilinger, M.A.O.M., Lic.Ac., Dipl.OM (NCCAOM)


Ren earned his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM)
degree from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), now part of
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
University. He is licensed to practice both acupuncture and Chinese
herbal medicine in Massachusetts.

While in school, Ren studied Chinese acupuncture, Japanese
acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine and held internships at
Boston Medical Center and Malden Family Health Center, as well as the
NESA student clinic. Ren has continued his studies focusing on distal
treatment styles that can be easily used in a community acupuncture
setting.

Ren came to acupuncture as a patient who could not afford treatment
until he found a community acupuncture clinic. He is passionate about
making health care, including acupuncture and herbal medicine,
affordable and accessible to everyone.

He is an acu-punk member of the People’s Organization of Community
Acupuncture. In his spare time, he enjoys dancing and creating art.

Lani R. Wong, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)

LaniLani’s passion for acupuncture began with the treatment of her daughter for atopic dermatitis. In studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, she could see the relationships of all the body systems to create harmony within to resolve the outward manifestation. She believes consistent, affordable treatment is important to wellness and is happy to make it available via the community setting.

Lani holds a Master’s degree from The New England School of Acupuncture (2013) and has held internships at Pathways to Wellness, Boston Medical Center, and Elder Service Plan of the North Shore. She has experience treating patients as young as 10 and as old as 90 for conditions such as asthma, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, migraines, insomnia, addictions, PTSD and musculoskeletal pain.

Lani has a compassionate, comforting nature and is fluent in Spanish.


Ashley Ledford, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)

Ashley 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.

Ashley has a passion for community acupuncture which began when she witnessed the effectiveness of acupuncture treating addictions in a community acu-detox clinic when she was 18. She has practiced at Boston Medical Center and Pathways to Wellness in Boston, MA. In the course of her practice Ashley has learned to take a highly individualized approach to each person who comes to see her.