The Team

Marika LaFemina, L.Ac and Michael LaFemina, L.Ac are partners in life and the co-founders of Golden Light Acupuncture, treating children and adults in New York City and New Paltz, NY.

Styles of Acupuncture

For both Marika and Michael, teaching is a big part of the treatment: we believe that empowering our patients with the knowledge and wisdom of Chinese Medicine is fundamental to the healing process. We regularly post articles on our blog about topics in Chinese Medicine and are available to patients via email for questions as they come up between treatments.

Marika unites Chinese Five-Element theory and Japanese Shonishin techniques to work with children and parents, because healing is most often a family experience.

Michael interweaves a classical, minimalistic, style of acupuncture with gentle bodywork to achieve deep and lasting harmony.

A brief story of MarikaIMG_3146.jpg
Marika was born in Malaysia, grew up in Indonesia and Austria and found home in New York. In addition to English, Marika is fluent and literate in Japanese and German. Marika is a certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher from the Himalayan Yoga Valley School and student of Japanese Tea Ceremony in the Urasenke Tradition. 

A brief story of Michael
Michael was born and raised in New York, and after some exploring, found his way back home. Before acupuncture studies, he spent two years living as a full-time yogi in ashrams in California and New York.  He is a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and has taught yoga and meditation at Columbia University Medical Center, the Sivananda Center in Chelsea, and privately in Manhattan. Michael also loves to cook and taught cooking to children in Manhattan before they moved to New Paltz. 


– Tri-State College of Acupuncture (NY, NY)
– JingShen Pediatrics with Dr. Stephen Cowan (MD) and Moshe Heller, L.Ac (NY, NY)
– Eight Branches Institute of Classical Chinese Medicine (Spencertown, NY)
– Chinese Medical Aromatherpy with Dr. Jeffrey Yuen (NY, NY)
– Shiatsu practitioner : East-West College of Natural Therapies (Australia)
– Bachelors of Physical Therapy: Academy of Physical Therapy in AKH, Linz (Austria)

– Tri-State College of Acupuncture (NY, NY)
– Eight Branches Institute of Classical Chinese Medicine (Spencertown, NY)
– Chinese Medical Aromatherpy with Dr. Jeffrey Yuen (NY, NY)
– ZangFu Tui Na with Tom Bisio, L.Ac and New York Internal Arts (NY, NY)
– Two years of apprenticeship w/ Marcus DeGrazia, L.Ac and Finbar McGrath, L.Ac (NY, NY)
– Masters of Education, Hofstra University (Long Island, NY)
– Bachelor of Arts, dual majors in History and Music, Hofstra University Honors College

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