Meet East Coast Acupuncture Owner Lisa SweetersJun 30, 2022 12:33PM ● By Rebecca Young
As a young adult, Sweeters sprained and hyperextended her elbow. After using her insurance benefits for therapy, she still couldn’t fully flex or extend her elbow. Life with limited range of motion wasn’t an option for the athlete. A friend suggested she try acupuncture, and it turned into a life-changing decision. Sweeters never told the acupuncture physician she suffered from insomnia or anxiety; however, the treatments not only completely resolved her elbow injury, but also her insomnia and anxiety.
She was fascinated, continued to use acupuncture and found herself asking, “What is this, and how does it work?” At the time, Sweeters intended to go to law school, but was conflicted about the decision because she doesn’t like to argue. Coming from a family of attorneys, she hadn’t considered other career options and was registered to take the Law School Admission Test for a school in San Diego. She entered the exam site with a less-than-enthusiastic attitude, knowing she wasn’t passionate about practicing law. When she opened the written portion of the exam and saw that it was all about acupuncture, she recognized it as a sign that couldn’t be ignored.
She finished the test, was accepted to the law school, but declined and applied to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, also in San Diego. Every day, she drove past the law school on her way to learn about Eastern medicine. She continued her studies in Honolulu and later in China—where she studied acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guang Zhou while earning her master’s degree in Oriental medicine—opening her Palm Coast clinic in 2018.
Sweeters says she can’t imagine doing anything else. As an athlete, Sweeters enjoys helping patients with sports-related injuries and pain that limits their activity. She has helped many golfers return to the course after being told to give up the game due to low back problems. Another of her specialties is fertility issues requiring in vitro fertilization (IVF). Her expertise in treating women prior to IVF treatments has resulted in many successful pregnancies.
Sweeters loves her work so much that taking time off can sometimes pose a bit of a challenge. Organic gardening, raising backyard chickens, surfing and giving private lessons, and family time occupy Sweeters’ time away from her clinic.
East Coast Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine is located at 102 Flagler Plaza Dr., Ste. 102, in Palm Coast. For more information, call 386-302-5363 or visit EastCoastAcupuncturefl.com.