About The Pin Cushion

As Experienced Seattle Acupuncturists -

  • We believe frequent and regular treatments produce the best results.
    Research in the United States (as well as thousands of years of tradition in Asia) has shown that acupuncture is most effective when it is done frequently and regularly.
  • We treat in a community setting.
    We have grouped several recliners in a warm setting rather than using treatment tables in isolation. Appointment times are staggered so the person in the next chair may be resting with the needles while you receive your treatment. While you rest, someone else may be receiving treatment. The quiet, soothing atmosphere of our clinic will induce your relaxation and speed your results.
  • We use a sliding payment scale. (Between $20-$40)
    Most acupuncturists treat one person per hour and charge from $65 to $175 per treatment. We are committed to providing acupuncture to the widest possible clientele and eliminating cost as a barrier to treatment.
  • We accept cash, checks, as well as Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.
Meet Your Acupuncturists
Seattle acupuncturist Julie Johnson graduated with a Master's degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003. She is NCCAOM board certified and an active member of CAN (Community Acupuncture Network). She is also a NADA certified detoxification specialist.
Bruce Peters earned his Master of Science from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He spent a year working as the lead acupuncturist and manager of Shoreline Community Acupuncture before joining us at The Pin Cushion.  In addition to his community work in San Franciso, he also spent time studying at Yue Yang Integrated Hospital in Shanghai, China. Bruce specializes in both pain management and helping to bring emotional balance to those living in our modern high-stress society.
Amber West graduated from Wu Hsing Tao, where she learned the art and medicine of 5 Element acupuncture. She is a licensed East Asian Medical Practitioner and is NCCAOM board certified.  She is also a NADA trained detox specialist.   Prior to pursuing acupuncture, Amber studied Health Psychology at Bastyr University and Art at Colorado State University.  She embraces life with passion, and excitement, and takes joy in helping others feel their best.

Holly Berman graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College’s Santa Fe, New Mexico campus in 1998 with a Master’s of Science degree in Oriental Medicine.
She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Florida, a Certificate of Graduation from the Florida School of Massage and is board certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM. Holly practiced Massage Therapy for 10 years and has practiced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for 15 years in a variety of settings and is excited to join the team at The Pin Cushion.


Jennifer Patano is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She recently relocated to Seattle from New York where she earned her Master of Science in Acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She received training in three styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Trigger Point Dry Needling, and Japanese acupuncture. She also completed an internship in advanced Japanese acupuncture techniques.

As the office manager and main receptionist, Cori Sparks is the unsung hero of the Pin Cushion.  She is the friendly face of the clinic as well as the wrangler of day to day operations.  She began her relationship with us as a patient in 2008 after managing a traditional acupuncture clinic and was thrilled to discover an affordable alternative.  Cori is also a certified yoga instructor and aromatherapist.  We are happy to have her in the driver's seat!