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The Doctor


People often ask me why I don’t refer to myself as “Doctor” when so many of my colleagues do. Because we are not considered to be doctors in Connecticut, I feel it is confusing (and legally inappropriate) to use this title here. Those of us, including myself, who hold “Doctor of Acupuncture” licenses from states designating us as such do refer to ourselves as “Doctor” when conducting business in those states. Rhode Island is one of them.

Many patients prefer to informally address me as “Doctor” and I appreciate this recognition. As long as they understand what my legal status and level of training are, I enjoy this as an appropriate form of respect.

Kathleen T. Poole, MS, L.Ac.

Masters of Science in Acupuncture / Licensed Acupuncturist

Kathleen T. Poole is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and is certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)...

Audra Keele, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Audra is a graduate of Cortiva Institute (formerly Connecticut Center Of Massage Therapy).

Cheryl Richard, LMT, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute (formerly Connecticut Center Of Massage Therapy). She has practiced in a variety of venues, including fitness centers, home visits and hospice.

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Our Practitioners

Our Practitioners

The Practice - Ancient Medicine For a Modern World

For thousands of years, Chinese Medicine has been used to alleviate symptoms for a wide range of disorders. Now you can benefit from this ancient medicine. Modern Chinese Medicine is a safe and effective way to treat physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your being. It is good prevention and helps you heal faster when you are ill or injured.


Mystic River Acupuncture is conveniently located in City of Groton near I-95, Route 1, and Thames Street. Our clinic offers Chinese Herbs, Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, and N.A.E.T. (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique). 


You can also enjoy non-needling methods such as cupping, moxibustion, magnet therapy, guasha or shonishin. We offer several types of therapeutic massage. Only sterile one-use disposable needles are used for acupuncture.

We provide care in private sessions as well as  in our Community Acupuncture Clinic. There is well stocked traditional Asian Apothecary on the premises. Mystic River Acupuncture is the first Chinese Medical clinic to serve Southeastern Connecticut.


Stop by any time to visit our office and meet the staff. We welcome you to our clinic and look forward to working with you.

Our History

Mystic River Acupuncture was founded by Kathleen in 1989. She made house calls in the Mystic area before sharing office space with Chris Mooradian, D.C. in Mystic, CT.


Seven years later, needing larger accommodations, Kathleen rented her own office suite from Steve Grob, D.C. in Groton, CT. The new office allowed her to offer massage and reflexology, and carry a limited inventory of Chinese herbal medicines. At this location she was able to expand her hours, and there was room for acupuncture students to fulfill their observation requirements with her.


Mystic River Acupuncture thrived in Groton and in 2006 moved to its current location at 167 Broad Street in City of Groton. The Broad Street location has ample space to share with holistic practitioners, accommodate a community-style acupuncture clinic, and maintain a full Asian Apothecary on its premises.


The building is a ranch-style structure converted into a doctor’s office. The previous owner, James Hollister, M.D. practiced family medicine there for over 30 years. The clinic is easily accessible from local roads and I-95, and is close to area shopping districts. There is a small parking lot and on-street parking in front of the office.


We are happy in our present home. The surroundings are pleasant and the layout is conducive to collaboration and coordination of patient care.


Kathleen is grateful to family, friends, and colleagues who have supported the growth of Mystic River Acupuncture over the years.

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