Finding a quiet space

29 Feb

“The community setting allows the community to come together in a quiet space to take care of themselves. This collective stillness is so uncommon in our fast paced culture and I think within this stillness there is something very therapeutic.”

–Nina Hoffman, community acupuncturist in San Francisco

A great article just out on a community acupuncture clinic in San Francisco.

In the US, community acupuncture emerged out of the northwest, but there’s a growing number of clinics across the south, and we’re proud to be the first in the El Paso/Las Cruces region.

Why Community Acupuncture?

26 Feb

Why consider community acupuncture as a healthcare option?

One community acupuncturist in Berkeley, California, wrote about this specific question this week in a blog.  It´s a great introduction to what we’re doing at Crossroads Community Acupuncture.

Here are three reasons we´d like to share:

  1. It’s easy! Come when you can alone or with friends.
  2. It is affordable – a sliding payment scale can help you meet your budget.
  3. No ‘disrobing’ needed. Receive your treatment dressed casually wearing what you have on.
For more, read About Us or Contact us for more information.

NADA ear acupuncture training Nov 17-19

15 Apr

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about acudetox

NADA Ear Acupuncture or Acudetox can help reduce cravings, insomnia, drug dreams, anxiety and depression during addictions withdrawal, as part of prevention for at risk groups, and can be used to help prevent relapse.  Acudetox is extremely cost-effective and safe and has no medication interactions or adverse side-effectives.  It is applied internationally within psychiatric care, as well as humanitarian aid/disaster relief.  This training will prepare students to practice in all types of settings.

How does it work? This style of acupuncture is known to activate the vagus nerve. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates, and helps regulate seratonin and dopamine, the brain chemicals involved with addiction. It provides deep relaxation and helps restore internal harmony, which supports the patient in their own process of recovery.  Research supports the use of Acudetox to improve retention rates, reduce program costs and reduce recidivism. 

about the Training

Crossroads Acupuncture, a 501-c-3 organization has trained over a 130 people in Acudetox since 2011, and has helped communities in the border region provide over 60,000 treatments.  This course contributes to the qualifications necessary to use this technique to treat addictions in the US.   After training, we support students up until certification, including an optional portion of the 40 hour supervised internship within programs serving the homeless and low-income/marginalized communities in the border region.  Program support for starting an acudetox clinic is also included as part of the cost of the training. The cost also covers training materials, a training manual, and access to our online acudetox library  See registration form for more details. The training will be limited to 20 students.

To apply, email a resume and letter of interest to:

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.

Crossroads Acupuncture 901 E. University Ste 945 G. Main Las Cruces, NM 88001

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.

Job openings: Bilingual Receptionist

7 Sep

Opening for Billing Specialist at Crossroads Acupuncture

Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare is seeking a billingual receptionist for our affordable healthcare clinic in Las Cruces. Applicants with Bilingual English/Spanish, with extensive experience with clerical work, medical receptionist and office management are encouraged to apply. The position will begin at 30 hours per week and has the capacity to develop into a full-time position.

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume

Minimal Qualifications and Experience

  • 1 year experience working in customer service / reception /administrative assistance
  • Possesses customer service experience in a community health field
  • Self-starter, hard worker
  • Is able to develop the position into into a full time office manager for a small and developing medical office
  • Multi-tasker and can go back and forth between various activities as needed
  • Quick and efficient on the computer and typing
  • Can help with system improvement and communicate problems and solutions
  • Kind, friendly, creative, and understanding
  • Experience working with EHR systems
  • Available to work both mornings and evenings
  • Experience managing dropbox filing system, word, excel, pages and numbers, Mac OSx

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • English/Spanish Bilingual
  • Experience in medical insurance billing particularly with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Triwest and/or Veterans Choice Program
  • Experience in medical billing management, credentialing, contracting for Blue Cross Blue Shield and other commercial payers in the region
  • Management and training in customer service and/or reception/ food management
  • Experience managing dropbox filing system
  • Mac OSx
  • Quickbooks
  • Experience in desktop publishing, newsletter editing, database management
  • WordPress and website management
  • Translation and interpretation English/Spanish both written and verbal
  • Online schedule systems
  • Graphic Designing
  • Inventory management
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Non-profit administration and financial management
  • Sanitation and public health standards


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

NEW Schedule

17 Aug

MON/LUNES   10-6

Billing Specialist position

2 Jul

Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare is seeking a Billing Specialist and Clinical Receptionist to join our team and assist our mission in providing affordable and accessible healthcare to people of all income levels in the border region.

This Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to

Minimal qualifications:
Prior experience in medical billing and clinic operations management
Prior experience in providing reception/clerical and improving customer service within health programs
Bachelor’s Degree or higher
Able to work with a variety of computer technology, hardware and software including ipads, tablets, laptops/computers PC and MAC, Microsoft Office, IWork

Preferred qualifications:
Prior experience in Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinating
Fluency in writing, speaking in both English and Spanish
Prior experience in billing for acupuncture and/or alternative health services
Prior experience in grant management and fundraising
Possesses Master’s Degree in Social Work, Public Health/Administration or related field

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. Learn more.

News Articles on Crossroads:
Acupuncture for healing in border communities, by Molly Molly on Latina Lista:
Residents in violent border city use acupuncture to cope with trauma, Border News Bureau, by Angela Kocherga.

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 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

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.