Meet the Team

Marika LaFemina, L.Ac and Dr. Michael LaFemina, D.Ac, L.Ac are partners in life
and the co-founders of Golden Light Acupuncture. Larissa Sheldon, L.Ac and Lauren Barrett, L.Ac joined the team in 2020 and 2021, respectively.


Marika LaFemina, MS Ac, L.Ac

  • Master of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Academy of Physical Therapy, Linz (Austria)
  • Shiatsu (Medical Massage): Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies from East West College of Natural Therapies (Australia)
  • Pediatrics: post-graduate Chinese Medicine Pediatrics Training with Jing Shen Pediatrics, additional clinical mentorship with Moshe Heller
  • Orthopedics: specialized training in trigger point acupuncture
  • Clinical Strategies: Two years of post-graduate mentorship through Eight Branches Healing Arts, focusing on Classical Chinese Medicine text scholarship, pulse diagnostics, and clinical strategies

Marika specializes in pediatric and pre/postnatal care, and focuses her practice on working with mothers and children ranging from newborns to teens. Additionally, Marika also loves treating adults with athletic injuries, chronic illness, and more.


Dr. Michael LaFemina, D. Ac, MS Ed, L.Ac.

  • Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Health Sciences (MS Ac from Tri-State College of Acupuncture)
  • MS Ed: Master of Education from Hofstra University
  • Tui Na (medical massage): more than 100 hours in post-graduate training in Tui Na, including musculoskeletal and visceral Tui Na. Additional training in craniosacral therapy
  • Pediatrics: post-graduate Chinese Medicine Pediatrics Training with Jing Shen Pediatrics
  • Clinical Strategies: Two years of post-graduate mentorship through Eight Branches Healing Arts, focusing on Classical Chinese Medicine text scholarship, pulse diagnostics, and clinical strategies
  • Orthopedics: specialized training in trigger point acupuncture and classical Chinese Medicine orthopedic assessment and treatment
  • Meditation: Yoga and meditation teacher to children and adults since 2011

Michael specializes in helping patients with acute and chronic physical pain, pediatrics, and long-term health optimization (yang sheng) by utilizing holistic Chinese Medicine principles.


Larissa Sheldon, M.Ac., Dipl. OM, L.Ac

  • Master of Acupuncture from the Academy Five Element Acupuncture 
  • Chinese Herbalism Certificate: 700-hour program in Chinese Medicine Herbology
  • Tui Na (Medical Massage): 18-month apprenticeship in Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage), Cranial Sacral Therapy, Qi Gong, and Gongfu with Sean Orlando & Emily Morrison in North American Tang Shao Tao Association Lineage
  • Pediatrics: post-graduate Chinese Medicine Pediatrics Training with Jing Shen Pediatrics
  • Pulse Diagnostics: Five-Element Clinical Integration & Shen Hammer Pulse Training with Lonny Jarrret

Larissa specializes in supporting people through biopsychosocial pain and trauma and is passionate about providing care for LGBTQ+, BIPOC, disabled, and activist communities.


Lauren Barrett, MSTOM, LAc

  • Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Sciences (Acupuncture + Herbal Medicine)
  • NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
  • Reproductive Health Specialist: two-year mentorship with Mary Sabo, L.Ac in fertility and women’s health
  • Fertility Support: On-site acupuncture at CCRM Fertility in New York City, working side-by-side with Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Essential Oil Aromapoint Acupuncture: certification course by Tiffany Carole Pollard and Peter Holmes
  • Labor and Delivery: externship at NYU Langone supporting women with acupressure for labor, delivery, and postpartum care
  • Trauma informed care: specific training from Erynn Sosinski, LCSW and Deborah Bagg, LMHC MA

Lauren is committed to providing a supportive, comfortable, and empowering space. She is passionate about women’s health and regularly works with patients on menstrual regulation, fertility, gastrointestinal problems, emotional conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression, and acute/chronic pain conditions.


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