Instructor Info

Constitutional Facial Acu: New Protocols


Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, LAc, LMP

Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, is the internationally recognized author of the book, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture (Elsevier UK, 2014). She is an acclaimed teacher, an acupuncturist, an herbalist, Acutonics® and Zen Shiatsu practitioner, cranio-sacral therapist and a professional opera singer. Mary Elizabeth is acknowledged to be the leading international authority on facial acupuncture, and has created innovative treatment protocols that emphasize a constitutional approach to this modality, and a wide range of educational seminars that present her unique philosophy and treatment protocols.

She has 30+ years of clinical professional experience as a healing practitioner, and has personally trained close to 5,000 healthcare practitioners from 5 continents. In 2012, she instituted a unique 2-year professional certification training for facial acupuncturists at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN, the International GOLD STANDARD FACIAL ACUPUNCTURE® Certification Program, the only one of its kind in the world today, which has run successfully in 2012-13 and 2015-16, and attracted practitioners from a number of foreign countries and many US states. A third Program will launch in June 2018.

Mary Elizabeth appeared, as one of only 2 invited presenters, at the International Cosmetic Acupuncture Symposium (ICAS) in Tokyo, JAPAN, in December 2016, where she has previously taught several seminars. She will return to the prestigious Pacific Symposium again in November 2017, and will also be a featured presenter at the Health and Wellness Symposium at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis.

Ms. Wakefield has presented several times at the internationally renowned TCM-Kongress in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, GERMANY, the Pacific Symposium, San Diego, CA, and at the Canadian Oriental Medicine Symposium (COMS) in Vancouver, BC, CANADA. She has recently recorded a number of online seminars: one, on the topic of her book, for Pro-D Seminars (CANADA) and several others for Acupuncture Professional (AUSTRALIA).

Her 2017 teaching schedule has included several small group mentorship courses at her home base, Chi-Akra Center, in New York, events in Bloomington, MN, Kenmore, WA (Bastyr University), Boulder, CO (SWAC), Sedona, AZ, and northern New Mexico.

Ms. Wakefield contributed an ongoing column on facial acupuncture and related topics for 9 years to Acupuncture Today magazine, and has also written for the CA Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM) and Oriental Medicine Journal. Her practice and treatment protocols have been highlighted or featured in interviews in Oriental Medicine Journal, Qi Magazine, Alternative Medicine, Acu (UK), American Spa, Luxury Spa Finder, Les Nouvelles Esthetique (Canada), The Lantern (Australia), Naturheilpraxis (Germany), Huang Ti (Netherlands), Spa Asia (Singapore) and others.

Ms. Wakefield was invited to custom design a Diamond Acupuncture Facial⢠in conjunction with the Academy Awards, and premiered it at the Soho Mansion Diamond Aquifer Suite in Los Angeles. Subsequently, she appeared nationally on Fit TV (Discovery Channel), demonstrating the facial on host Gina Lombardi, in a segment entitled "Buying Beauty." She maintains a private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in New York City.