Acupuncture Center of Delaware
204 Milltown Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Joseph Ashley Wiper, M.A., M.Sc., L. Ac., R. Ac.
I have been in practice since 1981 and in Delaware since 1984. Currently, I am accepting a limited number of new clients by referral from other licensed healthcare providers or from current clients. Sorry; but I cannot accept any form of insurance or any cases where reimbursement will depend on the outcome of a legal proceeding. You will find details in the 'office policies' document available on my website.
Acupuncture is not a 'modality'; not something that can or should be 'tacked onto' other procedures or 'modalities'--not if you expect the best outcomes. Proper utilization and, of course, the best outcomes, require a deep understanding of theory, extensive experience, attention to detail, and a reluctance to provide unthinking, repetitive, formulaic treatments. This can only come with decades of dedicated and uncompromising practice and study. In many states acupuncturists had to agree to permit other licensed providers to practice acupuncture with very few, if any, hours of additional training; if they wanted their licensing acts to survive the legislative process. This is unfortunate. Fortunately communities can, in many cases, sort out the issues that neither legislators, nor the legislative process have been able to do.
One last thing: I believe that the very best way to learn acupuncture is by apprenticeship; which is structured as a combination of didactics (lectures and 'book learning') and practice. Although I perform all treatments in my clinic myself I have hosted a number of 'apprentices' over the years. In many cases these are already licensed practitioners from Delaware or adjacent states. They will be with me on certain days. In all cases they understand the importance of respecting HIPAA and other aspects of privacy and confidentiality. I also run a lecture series once every month or two. Invited participants, that have a professional interest in enhancing their understanding of acupuncture and other aspects of what is now called 'Eastern Medicine' have been attending these regularly. For that reason I have also formed the Mid-Atlantic Acupuncture Institute. The four hour Saturday seminars cover theory, practice, the history of Chinese Medicine, language, Chinese History, historiography, and any other topics that emerge from the participants. They are about half didactic and half practical, although proportions may vary from seminar to seminar. We have also have had a Skype lecture from a prominent scholar-translator and are planning others.