Kate Downes, L.Ac, MSAOM

A little more about your practitioner.


educationbooksSomewhere between econ and art history I stumbled upon acupuncture and Chinese medicine while a college student at George Washington University and later Indiana University.  I was instantly fascinated and inspired by the logic and holistic nature of Chinese medicine and promptly enrolled at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seneca Falls, NY (of New York Chiropractic College) in 2010.  During my years of intensive study at FLSAOM I had the opportunity to intern at various clinics including the Seneca Falls Health Center, Rochester Outpatient Health Center, Trumansburg Acupuncture, Campus Health Center, and the Canandaigua Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. One of the most rewarding learning experiences I had during that time was my externship in Hangzhou, China where I studied with and observed expert Chinese medicine doctors treating hundreds of patients at a local hospital. Last but not least, I also had the immense pleasure of being a tutor, teaching assistant, and graduate assistant while at FLSAOM. I had so much fun helping others understand Chinese medicine that I continue to bring that educational piece into the treatment room with my patients today.


kate_flyer2I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and NCCAOM Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. That means I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ve acquired over the years and am always on the lookout for what’s new and effective. Being a practitioner of Chinese medicine allows me a lifetime of  curiosity even within my own specialized field – there are countless opportunities to learn something new (or old, rather) on my bookcase alone. Additionally, I thrive on traveling to attend seminars, courses, and conferences to hone my skills and expand my understanding of the medicine, meet other practitioners, and take on a new point of view. Although I’m always eager to get on with my next educational adventure, my patients really are my best teachers and I’m lucky enough to learn from them everyday right at home.


It’s tkatesmudgerue, medicine infiltrates my day-to-day and captivates me in every context. Whether it’s Chinese medicine or biomedicine, embryology or herbology, Boston Med or Grey’s Anatomy, I’m into it. Google is a wonderful thing. But while you’ll find @scientific_american, @columbiamed,  and @yoga_medicine on my Instagram feed, you’ll also find @thedogist, @jamieoliver, and @amyschumer.  I also try to learn new, non-medical skills every once in a while;  sailing, cross-stitch, flower arranging, and stand-up-paddle board have been my more recent accomplishments.  I love to invent healthy recipes (when I have the time, energy, and inspiration) and hope to someday write a cookbook. I get just as attached to cities and places as I do people. And finally, I spend my free time hiking, antiquing, and writing my memoirs. Just kidding – I’d rather lounge around (seaside if possible), read other people’s thoughts, and drink wine (although I do love a good thrift treasure).


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s