Wyatt N. LaCoss, MAOM, Dipl.OM, Lic.Ac.
Clinical Director, AcuTherapy, LLC
Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medical Herbalist
Diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Certified in Auriculotherapy, ACI
Wyatt has been in private practice since 2001. He is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Certified in Auriculotherapy by the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Wyatt studied and earned his Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture specializing in Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as in Chinese herbal medicine. An avid student of and preferring the Japanese Tradition, he received his instruction from Master Sensei Diane Iuliano, Shoji Kobayashi, Tetsuya Fukushima, Toshikatsu Yamamoto and Felip Caudet in the United States, Japan and Spain. In addition, he attended seminars at the Institut d’Energétique et d’Acupuncture Traditionnelles Chinoises in Paris, France under the late Master Thierry Bollet and Pierre-Marie Hazo.
In addition to his practice, he is affiliated with Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is an adjunct faculty member with New England School of Acupuncture at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. There he teaches within the Japanese acupuncture department and assists all levels from the introductory to the advanced courses and preparing the students to enter their internships within professional clinics.
Wyatt’s preferred approach to treating patients focuses on the combination of several techniques: using traditional methods, polarity medicine with magnets, laser therapy and a highly effective non-insertive Japanese method called Shakuju (for those who are needle sensitive). He also practices the Mei Zen Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture Protocol. Wyatt takes a holistic approach in his practice and considers each individual patient’s comfort level with the different treatment options offered.
Previous to his career in acupuncture and herbal medicine, Wyatt received a Master’s Degree in International Business and Translation from Middlebury College and the Université de Paris X in Paris, France. He worked in legal contract administration, international sales and marketing, wind energy resource assessment consulting and bilingual account management. In this free time, Wyatt enjoys playing the fife with the Lincoln Minute Men Fifes and Drums and the Irish flute with a Celtic ensemble.
Why did I decide to study acupuncture medicine?
"A serious moment of depression led me to receive acupuncture. I had no interest in trying because of a fear of needles and being needle sensitive, but I finally decided to try. I had nothing to lose. Surprisingly, it didn't hurt as I anticipated. The treatments I received were transforming. Within days, I felt like myself again and was able to make lists and goals; something I could not do for months. This, however, did not make me want to become an acupuncturist. For me, it was the seemingly miraculous results of an animal that made me attend an Open House at the New England School of Acupuncture.
One night at a potluck dinner, one of my neighbors who was finishing her degree in Veterinary Medicine discussed how she was getting a concentration in Equine (horse) Acupuncture. She mentioned how acupuncture medicine was able to take care of a few things where conventional medicine had no success, which I found to be very interesting. After several months going to the barn with her colleagues, they began to notice a behavior and decided to do an experiment. As veterinarians, they wore a white lab coat and as acupuncturists, a blue one (per their university, they were not allowed to combine the two styles together in one treatment, and had to keep them separate). When they were there to treat the animals wearing the white lab coats, they had a very difficult time to corral the horses, but when the horses recognized the blue lab coats meant for them they would be receiving needles, they all went to the area of the barn on their own to be treated." At that point, I needed to learn more about this acupuncture medicine!