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 Dr. Alexandra Garcia, DACM, L.Ac joined the team in 2020.

Marika LaFemina, MS Ac., L.Ac. specializes in pre-natal and pediatric acupuncture, and focuses her practice on working with expecting mothers, children, and teens, but also works with many adults with athletic injuries, chronic illness, and more. In addition to training as a physiotherapist in Austria, Marika spent four years studying Shiatsu massage and completed a six-month internship with Moshe Heller, L.Ac. in NYC.

Dr. Michael LaFemina, D. Ac, MS Ed, L.Ac. unites acupuncture with bodywork to help patients achieve and maintain lasting harmony. He specializes in treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and supporting patients with long-term health optimization.

Michael earned his Doctorate of Acupuncture at Pacific College of Health Sciences, focusing on integrative and collaborative care, his Masters in Education (TESOL), and a bachelors degree from Hofstra University, double majoring in History and Music.

Michael was faculty at Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA), teaching Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and Mindfulness Meditation, and has taught Yoga & Meditation at Columbia University Medical Center, Hofstra University Honors College, and privately in NYC and New Paltz.

Larissa Sheldon, L.Ac, M.Ac., Dipl. OM offers acupuncture, herbal therapy, and dietary support for anyone suffering physical, mental, or emotional pain. Larissa seeks to create accessible care for people LGBTQ+ and underserved populations of all ages who often lack traditional support networks and access to compassionate and competent care. Larissa treats ailments ranging from anxiety, depression, PTSD, musculoskeletal pain, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal disease, insomnia, fatigue, allergies, and addictions.

Larissa specializes in working with people who are in the process of grieving and coping with loss, trauma, chronic or terminal illness, and preparing for end-of-life. Larissa studied at the Academy of Five Element Acupuncture, receiving her Master’s in Acupuncture, Bachelor’s of Health Science, and a Diploma in Chinese Herbal Studies. Larissa’s practice as a clinician is informed by a background as a chef, doula, dancer, social justice advocate, and an ongoing mediation and qi gong practice. Larissa will be working in our New Paltz office.

Dr. Alexandra Garcia, DACM, L.Ac believes healthcare is a collaboration project between patient and practitioner, and that high quality, compassionate medical support is a cornerstone of strong flourishing communities.

Dr. Alexandra is National Board-Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and she practices evidence-based Chinese medicine focusing on fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum support. She has experiences in working with all types of families, including LGBTQ+ and single parents. Alexandra earned a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health Sciences, where she trained in the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Middlebury College.

Prior to joining the Golden Light team, Alexandra completed a two-year mentorship program at NYU-Langone Brooklyn’s Labor and Delivery Department with Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac and Tzivya Kraus, L.Ac and practiced at the YinOva Center in Manhattan, focusing on fertility and pregnancy care.

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