More About Me

Darlene Berger, MSAc, RAc

If you’re here, you probably want to know more about me before you agree to let me put a bunch of needles into your body. Totally understandable!

I have been in active practice for more than 10 years. From 2008 to 2015 I operated a community acupuncture clinic where I performed thousands of treatments on thousands of unique individuals. 

I have treated so many different conditions that it would be boring and not very meaningful to list them all here, but some of my favorite things to treat (because the results are predictably good) are:

  • allergy symptoms and asthma
  • digestive disorders (IBD, IBS, morning sickness)
  • Bells’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia
  • headaches and migraines
  • symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, insomnia, etc.)
  • menstrual disorders (irregularity, pain, scanty or too-heavy periods),
  • post-stroke and post-brain surgery rehab (i.e., recovering motor control).
  • pain management – virtually any kind of pain (headaches, migraines,
  • Virtually any stress-related illness, like anxiety, insomnia, ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
  • virtually any kind of muscle or skeletal problem (think neck and back pain, knee or elbow injuries, etc)
  • I also really love helping people figure out how to deal with their own health mysteries when allopathic doctors can’t quite figure out exactly what’s going on.

My credentials

I am nationally board certified by the NCCAOM, registered to practice in Michigan, and licensed to practice in New Jersey.

My training, education & experience

  • Master of Science, Acupuncture, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University
  • Additional post-graduate training in pain management, electrical stimulation, nutrition, and gua sha.
  • Completed an 8-month herbal intensive in 2014 with local herbalist Jim Macdonald, including herb walks with plant ID, and the use of herbs to treat specific conditions.
  • Additional training from NICABM in working with trauma.
  • Internship at St. Vincent’s HIV Center in New York City treating patients for complications associated with HIV and antiviral medications used to treat it, including fatigue, insomnia, depression,diarrhea, and more.
  • Internship at the Fortune Society in New York City—an organization that works to help transition formerly incarcerated people back into society by connecting them with housing, healthcare, counseling, and much more—I treated clients for musculoskeletal injuries, depression, anxiety, and addictions.
  • Internship at St John’s Riverside Hospital, I assisted clients with addiction recovery by helping them with symptoms such as GERD, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and various musculoskeletal disorders.

Other stuff about me

  • I volunteer twice a month at FernCare, a free clinic for anyone who doesn’t have health insurance. I do acupuncture there for FernCare patients, because I believe everyone should have access to acupuncture regardless of means. It’s not just a novelty experience. It is valuable and effective medicine.
  • I used to work in medical publishing preparing continuing medical education programs for MDs, all paid for with big pharma money. That questionable relationship, between pharma and medical education, is one reason I left that business. I also worked in medical book publishing, and in medical journals publishing, which was also touched by pharma dollars, because that’s how research was and still is funded.
  • I am a medical history enthusiast, collector of old medical instruments, antiques, and oddities. Among the things I have collected are antique glass syringes, an ether mask, and an old violet ray machine.
  • I’m a bit of a science nerd, I think because of my previous experience with medical publishing. I have an appreciation for objective evidence and unbiased research, though the latter is harder to come by than you might expect.
  • My partner, Paul, and our sweet ginger kitty, Chickie, live in Ferndale, MI.
  • If you have any other questions for me before you decide to make an appointment, please feel free to contact me! I promise to respond as soon as I can!