About Squires Oriental Medical Arts
Barbara Squires, Ph.D., L.Ac. Founder, Squires Oriental Medical Arts, LLC
Dr. Barbara Squires is a licensed acupuncturist and a National Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture. She also holds graduate degrees in psychology, confluent education, and nutrition (University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of California, Santa Barbara and The American Holistic College of Nutrition). Barbara has lectured on acupuncture at universities and hospitals throughout the United States. Her published study guide for acupuncture, that she co-authored with her mentor Dr. Xiao Zhang, "Flash Acupuncture" is used as a teaching aide for students of acupuncture. She practices all modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Originally from North Carolina, Barbara worked in the field of psychology and counseling for 15 years. While working as a drug counselor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, she heard about the use of acupuncture to treat addictions and compulsive disorders. She and another psychologist proposed an acupuncture-based drug treatment program and were awarded a Grant from the City of Baltimore. Barbara directed this program for a year and a half. This successful program was featured on a segment of ABC's "20/20."
It was a result of this program that led to her decision to practice acupuncture. Barbara obtained her degree from one of the oldest and most well known schools, the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating with honors in 1994, she started working as an acupuncturist with an MD, traveling to clinics throughout Southern Florida.
In 1995 Barbara moved to Georgia and began immediately to try and change the state laws regulating the practice of acupuncture which allowed, at the time, only MD's to perform this treatment. In part due to her efforts, a new statute making acupuncture a licensed and regulated health care profession was enacted. Barbara was one of the founding members of the Georgia State Oriental Medical Association. In 1997, Barbara was featured on a CNN segment discussing alternative health care and the health benefits of acupuncture.
Barbara has lectured at Emory University to medical students, Howard University, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens as well as various community groups. In 2003 Barbara was awarded the "National Acupuncturist of the Year" by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).
Barbara has recently moved back to the rural area of North Carolina that was her place of birth. Barbara initially came back part-time to assist her aging parents but, as her parents health continued to decline, she decided she would move back full-time, 30 years later.
Barbara renovated an abandoned 100 year old house on 200 acres for her new clinic. The adjustment from her previous clinic that was located in the heart of downtown Atlanta to her new Ivanhoe, NC location has been transforming.
Where once Atlanta's trains could be heard blowing their horns in the distance, the current sounds of owls, birds and the wind murmuring through the Spanish moss hardwood and pine trees fills the silence. The natural environment offers it's own peace and tranquility that is continued throughout the restored house with it's original axe-hewn support beams, beautifully worn pinewood floors with hand tooled square nails and the original wood mantles on the four brick fireplaces.
Acupuncture is based on the Taoist philosophy of living in harmony with nature. The new Squires Oriental Medical Arts Clinic is the perfect location to compliment this ancient medical practice and philosophy.