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Kristen Tipaldo A.P., M.S.

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Kristen is a Nationally Board-Certified Doctor of Acupuncture with over 20 years of industry experience ranging from small wellness centers to a military hospital. 

Her expertise lies in Orthopedics, Fertility/Gynecology, Autoimmune/Immune, Psycho-Emotional, Adjunctive treatment for Chemotherapy induced pain/nausea, and Cosmetic Acupuncture/Dermatology. During this time, she has created the 'Celestial AcuLift' a Cosmetic Acupuncture technique. This is a unique protocol based on her years of experience in the beauty, marketing, research, and wellness industries.

She supports the advancement of the profession by being an educator and job placement service for students and Acupuncturists. She is a CEU provider training professional Acupuncture Physicians and students alike. She does this through her continuing education classes and as an adjunct professor at East West College of Natural Medicine.

Her goal with patients is to utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine and its adjunctive modalities to provide the best possible care with the experience and knowledge to refer out if necessary.

She serves a 4-year Senate appointment on the Florida Board of Acupuncture designed to uphold the standards and regulations of the profession.

She is a published author first in the national Sleep Journal, Psychosomatic Journal, and Acupuncture Today.

Lastly, she is currently in a traditional Ph.D. program with Nova Southeastern University to be able to apply research methods to quantify Acupuncture techniques.


Board Certified in Acupuncture Florida AP1770

Board Certified in Acupuncture New York 006276

CITI Certified Human Research CITI Certified Human Research 42913612

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Society of Behavioral Medicine Society of Behavioral Medicine 38157

Continuing Education Provider National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Acupuncture Injection Point Certification 19753

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Advanced Clinical Rotations, May 2019


8/21-Present, Acupuncturist, Private Practice, Tampa, Florida/Lutz, Florida

8/20-8/21, Acupuncturist, Naval Hospital Pensacola, Pensacola, Florida

1/20-3/21, Acupuncturist, Aligned Modern Health, Chicago, Illinois

9/19-1/20, Acupuncturist, Botanica Day Spa, Clearwater, Florida

1/07-1/20, Acupuncturist, Private Practice, Tampa, Florida

9/05-12/07, Acupuncturist, Celebrity Cruise lines, Miami, Florida (Shipboard)

1/03-9/05, Acupuncturist, Private Practice, Tampa, Florida


1/22-Present, Adjunct Professor, East West College of Natural Medicine, Sarasota, Florida

1/22-8/23, Clinical Supervisor, East West College of Natural Medicine, Sarasota, Florida

1/17-Present, Private Practice, Continuing Education Provider, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

9/05-12/07, Supervisor, Celebrity Cruise lines, Miami, Florida (Shipboard)


2023, Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi

2019, Tampa Bay Best Acupuncturist Runner Up


6/21-6/24, Board Member, Florida Board of Acupuncture

6/21-6/24, Director of Community Relations, Florida Board of Acupuncture

6/22-6/24, Director of Unlicensed Activity, Florida Board of Acupuncture


Tipaldo, K. Seixas, A., Chery, M., Bernard, M., Girardin, J. L., Blanc, J. (2023, May 29) Acupuncture and its effects on various patterns of insomnia. Sleep, 46(1). DOI:  10.1093/sleep/zsad077.0341

Tipaldo, K., Chery, M. Blanc, J. (2023). Post-COVID symptoms and their arbitrary nature among Acupuncture service seekers. American Psychosomatic Society, 475


1/22-Present, Nova Southeastern University, Ph.D. Health Sciences​

1/00-1/03, Florida College of Integrative Medicine, M.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine

9/96-6/99, University of Connecticut, B.A. Psychology

Dr. Tipaldo is not only an amazing practitioner, but also an amazing person. She is passionate about her profession and is able to navigate through a health history upon initial evaluation to develop a systematic game plan to help you achieve your best self. I originally came to Kristen a year ago to try her acupuncture facelift because as a practicing orthopedic physical therapist, I know the value in utilizing needles to decrease tissue tension as well as different techniques she employs in the facelift that are research-based in their effectiveness. Little did I know, the signs from my face would correlate with what I felt internally.  Go into her office with an open mind and follow every instruction as you will only get out what you put in. K.M.


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