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Veterans Care Program

6 Dec

Our commitment to returning soldiers

Crossroads Acupuncture has long been committed to making healthcare affordable for veterans, with hundreds of soldiers who have benefitted from our Veteran’s Care Program.  We now are offering a few new programs available for military veterans to receive free care. Call us at 575-312-6569 to learn more!

How acupuncture can help veterans

Here are some of the common things that veterans come to Crossroads for care.

  •   Stress and sleep problems
  •   Pain from injuries & PTSD
  •   Nightmares, trauma, anxiety
  •   Migraines and Traumatic Brain Injury
  •   Addictions (pain meds, cigarettes)
  •   Depression

Did you know?

Acupuncture is recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs  and Dept of Defense as Evidence Based Medicine for PTSD.

But does acupuncture really work?

At Crossroads, our acupuncturist, Ryan Bemis, has many years of experience serving veterans and soldiers, including working with soldiers with PTSD and combat injuries/pain management at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.  Our clinic in Las Cruces has made it possible for veteran’s to receive regular care outside of the VA system.

Here’s a testimony from one of the veterans we have worked with in our community:

I came to Crossroads in the hope of helping a headache I had suffered with since 1989 and problems with my back since 1977. I had tried all the regular ways to get pain relief but they all came up short.  Now I am 6-7 weeks into treatment and I can honestly say that most of my days now are pain free.  This has made all the difference in the world.”

Donate and help provide care for veterans

One of the best ways you can help our program is to make  tax-deductible contribution to our non-profit organization will go directly towards another returning veteran being able to receive free care

Or you can donate online:

New Acupuncture clinic opens within FYI

18 Nov

Check out our new location on 1320 S. Solano!


New location at 1320 S. Solano at FYI

22 Oct

Moving our clinic

Due to an emergency, we will have to move our clinic this weekend, and we will re-open at a new location next week, at the corner of Solano and Idaho.  All services will continue at our University location through Friday 2/24.

More Parking, More convenient location!

We’ll be moving our clinic to a much more central location in the city, within the health center Families and Youth, INC.  There will be lots more parking than our current location on University has allowed for you as patients.  We know we know!  Parking was bad at University.  It will be much better at this new spot in town, right next to Hayden’s Hardware and across the street from Water King.  Look for the sign “Families and Youth, INC” and we will have our sign up right there!

Why move?

We believe that our new clinic location, within Families and Youth, INC (FYI) will allow our care to be more accessible to those who need acupuncture the most.  FYI is a regional leader in providing services for people in need,and we are grateful that they have given us a home within their home!

How to find us within FYI

When you enter our space at FYI there will be a large waiting area serving other programs as well.  Just let the receptionist know you are here for acupuncture, and they will check you in, and let me know you are here, after which I’ll come walk you back to our beautiful new treatment space.  If you get lost call 575-522-4004.


17 Aug
Appointments: 575-312-6569 or book online:
or book online:

NEW Schedule

17 Aug

MON/LUNES   10-6

Office Manager Opening for Community Health Clinic

2 Jul
Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare is seeking a full-time office manager for our non-profit organization. The office manager will manage receptionists,  billing operations, patient care and ensure the clinic is operating efficiently.  The office manager will also assist with our health promotion capacity building program, and our addictions training program in the border region. Applicants with Bilingual English/Spanish, with extensive administrative experience working in medical offices and behavioral healthcare are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about our clinic:

To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Without a cover letter outlining your experience attached to your resume you will not be considered.

Minimal Qualifications and Experience

  • 2 years experience working in medical billing and / or as a medical assistant
  • 5 years working specifically in office management for medical services
  • 3 years in directly supervising employees and Human Resources
  • Self-starter, hard worker
  • Possesses experience in managing medical insurance billing including work comp, auto claims, no fault, VA, Medicare secondary and commercial plans
  • Can go back and forth between various activities as needed
  • Quick and efficient on the computer and typing: 40 WPM at least
  • Can help with system improvement and communicate problems and solutions as part of an integrative team
  • Kind, friendly, creative, and understanding with outstanding customer service skills with Bilingual capacity
  • Experience working with EHR systems
  • Available to work both mornings and evenings, occasional weekends
  • Experience managing dropbox filing system, word, excel, pages and numbers, Mac OSx
  • English/Spanish Bilingual in writing, reading, speaking, translation and interpreting
  • Experience in bookkeeping using Quickbooks
  • Batchelor’s degree or higher; or Associate’s with equivalent experience in the field

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Prior experience in working specifically in clinics offering acupuncture services
  • Experience managing dropbox and O365 share drive filing systems
  • Computer experience using Mac OSx, dropbox, Office 365, Microsoft Office, Pages and Numbers

Experience that will be considered an asset.

  • WordPress and website management
  • Experience in desktop publishing, newsletter editing, database management
  • Certified Medical Coder/Biller
  • Non-profit management
  • Online schedule systems
  • Graphic Designing
  • Inventory management
  • Marketing and advertising

Job Type: Full-Time

$16-$20 per hour depending on experience with benefits


  • Spanish (Required)


  • Evening, Mid-Day, Morning (Required)

July News: $10 treatments for vets!

30 Jun

$10 treatments for Vets and Soldiers July 5-9

Crossroads will be offering $10 treatments for any veterans or military soldiers in active duty for the week after July 4th.   And if you are not a vet but would like to donate so another vet can access care, your tax-deductible contribution will go towards our Veterans Healing Fund.  It’s all part of giving back a little!

Spotlight on Crossroads in the Sun News!

“For some things, you need medications, but I think there needs to be affordable alternatives, besides medication.”  – Georgia Ecker, client of Crossroads in her interview with the Sun News

Read the story here.

Ear acupuncture training on Labor Day

Learn more here

Healing Together

A new film features experiences of patients receiving care at NE Community Acupuncture and Wellness Center.  Check it out!  Do you have something to share about your experience at Crossroads?  You can write a review on Yelpfacebook and/or google plus. 

Free Acupuncture Alert

We are looking for a few good volunteers in a lot of different programs within our project. Volunteers get free acupuncture!  Email with a resume if you are interested.

Affordable Acu in New Mexico

28 Jun

Directory of Free or Low-Cost Acudetox and Acupuncture Services in New Mexico

Provider Phone No. Address Times
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless 505.242.4644 1217 1st Street NW
Albuquerque NM 87107
Tues 9.30a-12.00p
Casa de Salud 505.907.8311 1608 Isleta Blvd SW
Albuquerque NM 87105
Tues 12 pm – 2 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm, Thurs 12 pm – 2 pm
Community Acupuncture Albuquerque 505.266.2606 2509 Vermont NE, Suite A2
Albuquerque NM 87110
Call for appt. Need to say acudetox when setting appt.
La Plazita Institute 505-508-1802 831 Isleta Blvd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Wed 4.00-5.00pm
Nob Hill Community Acupuncture 505.232.2870 4118 Central Ave SE Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call for appt. Need to say acudetox when setting appt.
Transgender Resource Center of NM 505.200.9086 149 Jackson St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Wed 5.00-6.00pm
Desert Pride High School 575.882.0142
Desert Pride High School
Gadsen School District
100 Shrode Rd
Anthony, NM 88021
Call to Schedule Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs   9.00am-4.00pm
SF Mountain Center 505-231-0652 510 N. Onate, Espanola, NM Wed 1.00-3.00pm
Gallup DWI Program     Tue, Wed and Thurs at 5:30 pm
Jemez Pueblo   Walatowa HS Wed
Provider Phone No. Address Times
Alianza – Las Cruces 575.915.1770 1615 N. Solano, Suite A   Las Cruces, NM 88001  
Crossroads Acupuncture 575.312.6569 130 S. MAIN
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Entrance off Water and Griggs parking lot # 10
Call for appt. Need to say acudetox when setting appt.
Families & Youth Inc 575.556.1622 Families & Youth Inc
1320 S. Solano Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Friday 11 – 1 pm
St. Luke’s Health Clinic 575.527.5482 St. Luke’s Health Clinic
999 W. Amador Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Tuesday 8:30 am – 10:30 am, Walk in basis or call to schedule appt
Valencia County DWI Program 505.352.7610 Wellness Center
3445 Lambros Loop
Los Lunas, NM 87031






Call to Schedule
Navajo Regional Behavioral Health Center
Sidney Brown, PsyD, BHD, NCC-MAC, CO LPC
505.368.1050 P.O. Box 1830
Shiprock NM 87420

HWY 491, Intersection of Pinon & Cottonwood Street

“located in old IHS Hospital, west side behind New IHS Hospital Highway

Call to schedule
Provider Phone No. Address Times
Alianza – Roswell 575.623.1995 1200 S. Richardson Roswell, NM 88203 Call to schedule
Santa Fe Community Services 505.310.3624 2801 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe NM
Mon-Fri 10:00-2:00
Casa Vida 915.867.5847 Casa Vida
3501 Hueco
El Paso, TX
Sat 2:00-3:00
Taos Inside Out 505.367.3500 108 Kit Carson, Unit C, Taos NM 12:00-1:00pm
Zuni Recovery Center 505.782.4717 505.782.4710 101 D ave. Zuni, NM (in front of Zuni Housing Authority) Mon 5:30-7 pm, Wed 1-3pm, Thurs 1:30-3 pm

Thanks to PHANM for putting this together! If you have  a clinic on here not listed, email and we’ll put it on this directory.

Intern Acupuncturist Opening

23 May

Paid Acupuncture Internship Opening at Crossroads Acupuncture in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Applicants should submit a resume with a cover letter to:

About the Internship

Crossroads’ internship program is designed to offer comprehensive bilingual Spanish/English experience and training for working in border community healt


Interns will work with a variety of different populations, of all ages.

h, addictions, mental health, health promotion and trauma care.   Intern Acupuncturists will work in both direct care and training within different settings including community acupuncture, homeless care, addictions, mental health, university programs, and projects serving marginalized and underserved areas in the US/Mexico Border Region.  Interns will be a part of our capacity building program for health promoters, counselors, psychologists, harm reduction workers, nurses and doctors.

• Possesses an active New Mexico acupuncture license (Doctor of Oriental Medicine), or be in the process of applying for one.
• Strong commitment to community acupuncture and acudetox/NADA ear acupuncture
• Flexibility and the ability to think on your feet.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Willingness to participate and learn how to work within our team including administration, teaching, fundraising, marketing, outreach

Preferred experience

  • Be fluent in Spanish / has prior experience offering healthcare for Spanish-speaking populations
  • Have experience working in community acupuncture or other high-volume acupuncture/public health clinics
  • Has received specific training in community acupuncture
  • Has a strong background in grant-writing, research, evaluation, capacity building or teaching, sustainable development, humanitarian aid, fundraising and/or administrative work


  • Eligibility for student loan forgiveness programs through the federal government
  • Insurance coverage (PL, GL) for work within Crossroads
  • Gain experience and training in how to run and start your own non-profit  or for-profit community acupuncture clinic

About Crossroads Acupuncture

As a non-profit social enterprise Crossroads Acupuncture makes healthcare accessible and


Volunteer of Crossroads offers ear acupuncture at a homeless shelter in the region

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.  Learn more.

News Articles on Crossroads:

Our clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico

We have a large, growing clinic in Downtown Las Cruces, NM, started in March 2012, and since have provided over 25,000 treatments.  We  treat a diverse group of people for a variety of medical and mental health issues and see average of 150 patients per week, with visits costing as low as $5 per patient.    Our clients travel from within a 100-mile radius to receive treatments, including Alamogordo, northern Mexico, El Paso, TX and Truth or Consequences, and we are the only Community Acupuncture clinic within 4 hours.    Intern Acupuncturists will work within this clinic in all levels, including providing care, administration and outreach.

Our training and consultation program in the border region

Through training programs and consultation services, Crossroads and our partner groups


our community of providers offering free services in the border region

have helped provide over 38,000 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.  We offer training in simple, safe Oriental medicine techniques like acudetox and moxa.  We work with groups  and practitioners at NMSU, FYI, UNM, the St. Luke’s Health Clinic at Community of Hope’s homeless campus in Las Cruces.  Intern Acupuncturists will gain experience and training working within this program, as well.

Learn more at

Auricular Acupuncture Training in Copper Canyon and the Sierra Tahuramaras

21 May

Auricular Acupuncture Training in Copper Canyon and the Sierra Tahuramaras

Acudetox for addictions, behavioral health, trauma and humanitarian aid

Training team:  Ryan Bemis, DOM assisted by guest teachers by Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, Lucia Darlach, PhD and Krishna Chari, PsyD
Aug 31 through Sept 5
Cost $800
Applicants should submit a current resume to
  • The opportunity to train alongside indigenous groups from the Sierra Tahuramara
  • Cultural immersion within the Tahuramara indigenous community
  • 1 full day of free time to enjoy the Copper Canyon area
  • Fulfills a portion of the didactic educational requirements for therapists/nurses/health/harm reduction workers to become Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (NADA)
  • Bilingual English/Spanish training
  • Students will learn application both in behavioral health/addictions/harm reduction as well as for trauma/humanitarian aid/disaster response

*Lodging not included

Offered for:
  • Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners
  • Counselors, therapists, psychologists and addictions providers
  • Harm reduction, syringe exchange workers and health promoters
  • Community health workers
  • Humanitarian aid workers/first responders


  • Wednesday August 31: Travel day
  • Thursday September 1:  Free day with evening workshop by training team
  • Friday, September 2:  NADA ear acupuncture training
  • Saturday September 3:  Training and demonstration clinic
  • Sunday September 4:  Training, demonstration clinic and graduation celebration
  • Monday September 5:  Travel day
More about acudetox/NADA protocol:
More about Crossroads Acupuncture’s training program:
About the NADA trainer:
Ryan Bemis, DOM, LAc, NADA RT is co-founder and works as Executive Director and an acupuncturist at Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare.   He also works at a clinic treating active duty soldiers, and is co-founder and teacher of a health promotion capacity building program in the Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  Ryan is a registered NADA ear acupuncture trainer, and has trained over 130 health workers in the border region including providers at the University of New Mexico, NMSU, Families and Youth, INC, and St Luke’s Health Clinic.  He is nationally certified by the NCCAOM licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, in the state of Texas as a Licensed Acupuncturist, and is certified in NM as a supervisor for behavioral health programs that utilize ear acupuncture.   He received his education in acupuncture at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY.  His experience includes working at acupuncture-based clinics such as Hooper Detox Center, Project Quest, and Outside In in Portland, OR.  He is a contributing writer for America Magazine,FronteraList and AcuTake.  He has worked as a policy and public health program consultant for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and other public health and addictions programs.