Shawn Kissick, L.Ac, DOM, DQM, Founder
With a passion for helping others Shawn Kissick founded Free Spirit Acupuncture and Wellness clinic in the town of Beaver, PA in 2007. The clinic treats over 1,000 patients annually while serving Beaver County and surrounding areas including Pittsburgh.
Shawn is the Valedictorian of a three-year Master Level Acupuncture Program at the accredited American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. In the fall of 2007, he spent six (6) weeks in Beijing, China studying and practicing in two separate hospitals. Shawn also received a Doctorate in Qi Gong on March 18, 2012 after completing a 2000-hour training.
He is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the State of Pennsylvania.
Originally from Fujian Province, in southeastern, coastal China, earned a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Fujian University. Before coming to Free Spirit, he had been managing his own acupuncture practice for the past ten years across the state in Philadelphia. He now lives just down the Ohio River in Bellvue and commutes to Beaver everyday to help people manage their pain through the ancient art of acupuncture. Specializing in chronic conditions, Wang is skilled at helping people managing common ailments like lower back pain.
Wang was brought in to help fill the void left by the departure of Yuhe (Brian) Zhao, MD, L.Ac, DOM, who moved to Florida, and Dylan Loverich, L.Ac, who is now in Denver.
For people who may be tentative about trying acupuncture, Wang points out how it has been a proven pain remedy for over 3000 years now. He also wants people to know that the needles used in acupuncture are so fine that most patients can’t even feel them.
Keythe Jayce Karpinski, LAc
A native of Brecksville, Ohio, Karpinski earned a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver before going on to earn a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. After that she served as doctor of oriental medicine in Morgantown, W. Va., before starting her own practice in Whitefish, Montana. There she provided patient care in acupuncture, traditional Chinese diagnosis and herbal medicine, mesotherapy, and massage therapy, as well as nutritional and lifestyle health counseling.
Karpinski specializes in treating fertility issues through acupuncture and was an early proponent of integrating acupuncture into IUI procedures. She says the success rate of acupuncture is very high for fertility, has less side effects than other treatments, also can be used in conjunction with hormone therapies. In addition, she is also interested in promoting better use of TCM for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic pain management, opioid addiction, and post-stroke.
Jessica Bargas, Office Manager
Jessica is the friendly voice that often greets patients when they call and the smiling face offering a warm welcome to patients visiting the clinic. She is also the insurance guru of Free Spirit Acupuncture.
Having worked in the healthcare field for most of her life, Jessica is a huge advocate of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. With her caring personality and passion for health and wellness, she truly enjoys the wellness approach to healthcare.
Jessica is a huge advocate of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. With her caring personality and passion for health and wellness, she truly enjoys the wellness approach to healthcare.
The warm welcome that greets you when coming to Free Spirit will undoubtedly come from one of our wonderful receptionists. Both are Beaver County natives and bring many years of experience to our staff.
Cheryl, our morning receptionist, joined our team in August 2018 and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her grandson.
Amanda, our evening receptionist that joined the team in March 2019, is also a registered medical assistant who brings knowledge and experience in both patient care and customer service. In her down time she enjoys reading, art, and animals.