Archive | February, 2013

Volunteer openings

16 Feb

Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare has several current openings for volunteers to serve in our project in the border region.   Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to:

  • Community health project planning, development and research
  • Grant-writing
  • Fair trade partnership program in Latin America
  • Art gallery curator
  • Media, outreach and marketting
  • Janitorial
  • Administrative assistant
  • Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists
  • Acupuncturists and acupuncture teachers
  • Translators and Interpretors (English/Spanish)
  • Bilingual volunteers encourage to apply!
  • Volunteer program for Flores de Juarez

About Crossroads Acupuncture
As a non-profit social enterprise Crossroads Acupuncture makes healthcare accessible and affordable in three ways: Providing low-cost services, training health provides in cost-effective techniques, and helping underserved groups to establish and sustain their own community-supported projects.

Our training and consultation program in the border region

Through training programs and consultation services, Crossroads and our partner groups have helped provide over 80,000 free treatments in the US/Mexico Border region since 2011.   Through this we also have a network of established providers here in the region that offer treatments across a continuum of care, including homeless services, detoxification, domestic violence groups, pastoral care, as well as outpatient mental health, addictions, and veterans care.  Groups we work with include a homeless shelter and the St. Luke’s Health Clinic at Community of Hope’s homeless campus in Las Cruces.

Learn more about the Flores de Juarez volunteer program:


Help us open up satellite clinics in Anthony and the greater border region

10 Feb


We’re working hard and doing the leg work to set up satellite community acupuncture clinics and a training center for underserved areas our region.  You can help!

Why more clinics?

Crossroads has received requests to offer affordable acupuncture services in places like Anthony.  Las Cruces is a long ways for many of our clients to travel.  We realize also that many communities in our region lack access to health care, let alone acupuncture.  And we are currently collaborating with regional health groups to address these disparities, and to establish sustainable and community based clinics.  Our mission is to make acupuncture accessible to everyone in our region.  These satellite clinics are one small step towards making this a reality.

What can you donate?

We have a short ‘wish list’ of items we’re seeking donations for:

  • funds for start up costs, travel expenses
  • recliners (especially fold up/portable zero gravity)
  • a projector and a laptop computer for our training program, and for outreach/fundraising purposes
  • painting supplies
  • lounge chairs
  • blankets (linens, fleece)
  • massage tables
  • and more!
  • Volunteer help with grantwriting, fundraising, bookkeeping, and accounting
  • Contact us if you would like to donate:, 575 – 312 – 6569

How donations have helped so far…

So far, between our clinic in downtown Las Cruces and the Crossroads Border Project, together, with your support, we’ve provided over 15,000 treatments.  Thank you for making this possible.

Recently we received a donation for a building to start a new healing and learning center!

Did you know?  You’ve made this possible…

A percentage of our profits–from the many little $16 treatments we offer every week–go towards providing services in poor communities in the border region.  Read more…

New downtown clinic keeps acupuncture affordable (Article in the Las Cruces Sun News)

10 Feb

Ryan Bemis places acupuncture needles in the feet of Kari Bachman to treat shoulder pain.

By Daniella Wiedel / For the Las Cruces Sun News

Published 2/6/13

Used for centuries in Asia to treat everything from migraines, muscle strains and sleeplessness to digestion issues, a chronic illness, or simply stress, acupuncture can create a state of relaxation and wellness.

And to make it more affordable, Crossroads Community Acupuncture is offering the treatment on a sliding payment scale ($16-$41 per treatment) at its new location at 130 S. Main St.

Prior to opening its doors here in January, it was located inside Greenworks Community Center at the Downtown Mall in a smaller space able to accommodate seven patients at once in a group setting, each person resting on their own recliner or table. Within the last year, over 2,000 treatments were given, allowing the company to save enough money for the move and remodel including the addition of soft light, comfortable chairs and an open space to grow.

A percentage of proceeds also went toward the Crossroads Border Project, which facilitates capacity-building programs for health workers in the border region (here you can watch a recent news story on ABC about their project in Mexico.)

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine treatment involving placing thin needles just beneath the skin’s surface on various points all over the body to achieve therapeutic effects and stimulate well-being.

“It’s really great when you’re stressed.” Cat Chavez-Soliz of Las Cruces said, a patient at Crossroads. Originally, her friend referred her to the clinic when it first opened in March 2012.

Chavez-Soliz said after going twice a week since then, she feels more in control of her lingering symptoms of fibromyalgia, a muscle and joint condition characterized by very tender tissues in the body with side effects like depression, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome.

“It’s a great coping mechanism and an escape, giving you a chance to take care of yourself,” she adds.

Doctor of Oriental Medicine Ryan Bemis is the only acupuncturist at Crossroads currently, but hopes to add a colleague to his staff this summer to allow the clinic to be open for more appointments seven days a week. Currently, it’s closed Sundays and Mondays. Receptionists check patients in and set up appointments at the clinic, which serves about 15-20 people per day and 80-100 per week.

After a consultation and discussion with Bemis, in which he might examine a patient’s tongue and evaluate their pulse, treatment starts. Thin, hair-like needles are inserted into points along the feet, legs, arms and head without disrobing. From there, you get to sit back and relax.

“Everyone has a different experience with acupuncture,” Bemis said. Some might fall asleep or into a meditative state while others might remain awake for the duration of the session varying from 25 minutes to two hours. Depending on your treatment goals, Bemis can offer a treatment plan recommending how often to come in.

Bemis is nationally certified and licensed by the state of New Mexico to prescribe Chinese herbs and provide acupuncture services. He completed his master’s level program at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with internships in Portland specializing in public and psychiatric health as well as addictions therapy. At Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY, he learned about using points in the ears to treat those in high trauma and stress situations.

On the sliding scale, clients pay what they can afford within a price range. Affordability and effectiveness are values Bemis strives for. His clients seem to be pleased with their results.

Daniella Wiedel is a freelance writer and can be reached at

What: Crossroads Community Acupuncture

When: Tues-Thurs 11-8, Fri 11-3, Sat 9-1

Where: 130 S. Main St. (Parking Lot #10) Las Cruces, NM 88001 in the downtown mall just below Downtown Desert Yoga.  The entrance is off of Water Street.

Information: 575-312-6569 or  Email

Appointments:  Appointments can be made online at with just a few clicks.  Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.

How much: Sliding scale each visit $16 to $41. Unlimited Acupuncture monthly memberships also offered on sliding scale for $75 to $150 per month (pay what you can afford on both scales). Also, a $14 administrative fee is incorporated in your total on your first visit. Consult the Web site or Facebook page for special “free” days.

Valentines Day Special:  2 acupuncture treatments for $20.  Treat someone you love this Thursday, February 14th