At Acupuncture Connections all of our Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. They are Nationally Board Certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Each of our practitioners holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from an accredited school. Many of our practitioners additionally have a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine which prepares them to treat patients with Herbal Formulas.

Who’s who?

Robert Yauckoes

Ashley Cameron

Scott Cedeño

Kim Flaherty

Judy Kloc

Staci McSweeney

Melissa Stein

Josh Smolkin


Robert Yauckoes

Title: Founder and President of Acupuncture Connections

Location: Framingham

Robert is an Acupuncturist and herbalist who earned his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) at the New England School of Acupuncture.

Robert strongly believes that Chinese medicine can improve the health and well being of local communities. Robert founded Acupuncture Connections to provide the highest quality of acupuncture that is also affordable and accessible to those who seek treatment. Acupuncture Connections is a result of his belief in giving back to the community that has given so much to him and his family.  He practices in the Framingham office where his passion for providing affordable group acupuncture began.

Robert grew up in Stow, MA and after living overseas for many years, he returned to back to New England. During his spare time he enjoys being a dad and a husband and looking for adventure in the area. If not on a trail or practicing martial arts, you can find Robert in a local coffee shop or listening to music.


AshleyAshley Cameron

Title:  Licensed Massage Therapist

Location:  Framingham

Ashley is a Massage Therapist and Reflexologist who earned her certifications at Acusage Academy.

Ashley believes that Massage Therapy should not only be referred to as a form of relaxation, but as a form of wellness. Ashley has treated patients in a variety of clinical and home settings which has afforded her to opportunity to learn multiple approaches to massage. She strives to educate patients with an alternative treatment, where wellness is the key to achieving a healthier lifestyle.

While earning her certification, and a few years following, she worked as a nanny full time. She currently lives in Shrewsbury with her husband. When she has spare time she enjoys scrapbooking and a little relaxation.

scottScott Cedeño

Title:  Licensed Acupuncturist

Location:  Framingham

Scott Cedeño is a Japanese style acupuncturist specializing in both traditional and contemporary approaches to Japanese acupuncture and moxabustion, as well as Ear and Scalp Microsystems. His primary influences have been the Palpation Based Acupuncture of David Euler, with whom he did an intensive three-year apprenticeship, and the Kiiko style, created by Kiiko Matsumoto, with whom he also studied extensively. He is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, where he has worked as a Clinical Supervisor and taught with the Japanese Acupuncture Department. Scott has also served as a Teaching Assistant and Staff member for the Structural Acupuncture for Physicians Course at Harvard Medical School.

While at NESA, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Advance Pain Studies at Tufts University School of Medicine. Before coming to NESA, Scott studied Zen Shiatsu, Sôtai, and Thai Massage at the Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies. He is a graduate of Boston College.


Kim Flaherty

Title:  Clinic Manager

Location:  Framingham and Northborough

After graduating high school, Kim took an apprenticeship as a Floral Designer at her hometown florist and then entered the floral industry where she worked her way to Head Designer, Wedding Specialist, Manager, and eventually opened her own Flower Shop. She operated The Blossom Shop for 10 years before selling her business to be home more for her growing family.

Kim discovered acupuncture through a long medical journey. She knows firsthand how Traditional Chinese Medicine can heal the body, mind, and spirit. She is thrilled to be able to help others discover how TCM can help manage many health issues. She feels very strongly that people should be given all options available to them so they can make the best educated decisions for their health and wellness.

Kim grew up in Grafton and resides in Shrewsbury with her husband Kevin and their two sons. She can often be found cheering on her boys at their sporting events. She also enjoys entertaining friends and family, gardening, water fitness, Zumba, and Svaroopa Yoga.


Judy KlocJudy Kloc

Title: Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Location: Northborough

Judy received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in 2004. She is licensed in Massachusetts and is nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). While at NESA, she studied Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture. Since then, she has continued to broaden her knowledge of many different styles of acupuncture. She is experienced in treating individuals of all ages with a variety of conditions including pain, anxiety, post-surgical recovery, women’s health issues and more. Judy believes that acupuncture is an important part of maintaining health and wellness. It is very helpful in combating the negative effects that daily emotional and physical stressors have on our bodies.

Judy holds Bachelors Degree in Business and spent her “pre-acupuncture” career in Human Resource Management in the High Technology Industry. She enjoys family and community activities, gardening, cooking, yoga, and meditation. She lives with her husband and two sons, all of whom receive acupuncture treatments!


Staci 1 JpegStaci McSweeney

Title:  Licensed Massage Therapist

Location:  Framingham

Staci received her massage therapy certification from Dovestar Institute in Carver MA in 2004.

Her approach to massage is a combination of listening, communication, and intuitive skills. She believes that massage is a wonderful way to stay in touch with your body. We often acclimate to the physical and emotional stresses we put our bodies through. This could potentially lead to injury and receiving regular massages will strengthen your body’s awareness.

Staci’s favorite type of massage is working with upper back, neck, and head. She really finds helping people with chronic neck pain very satisfying. Her practice includes seeing children from as young as 9 years old to over 90 years old. She has worked with pre and post surgical, cancer, depression, autism, prenatal, and all types of chronic pain sufferers.

Staci resides in Framingham with her husband, boxer dog, and two cats. Staci loves to travel with her husband every chance she gets. She has recently gotten her scuba certification and looks forward to discovering the underwater world as well.

MelissaMelissa Stein

Title:  Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Location:  Framingham

Melissa Stein is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist certified by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. She received her training from the New England School of Acupuncture where she graduated in 2006. Upon graduation, she co-founded Northampton Community Acupuncture where she worked for three years providing community acupuncture treatments in her office as well as in local behavioral and detoxification clinics. Since moving back to the Boston area, she has been working for the past four years in private practice and is excited to return to her true vision of providing affordable, accessible care through community acupuncture.

Melissa also has over ten years experience as a deep tissue massage therapist and certified yoga instructor, skills that she brings to her work as an acupuncturist. She has post-graduate training in Kiiko-style Japanese acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s balance method and advanced studies in the treatment of infertility through acupuncture and herbal medicine. Melissa has also been a teaching assistant at NESA for several years and loves the continued learning and inspiration that being in an academic setting provides.

When she is not busy caring for her three small children, Melissa can be found in her community garden caring for her veggies or hiking on the trails behind her home in Wayland.


Picture for RobertJosh Smolkin

Title:  Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Location:  Northborough

Josh was born in Framingham, MA but spent most of his life in Vermont and New York. In his early 20’s he decided upon a career in health care. He became fascinated with many fields of medicine, but formed a special appreciation for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.

He graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and began working at three different clinics while finishing studying Ving Tsun Kung Fu in Central New York. In that time he realized that he loves practicing Chinese medicine and was able to witness how effective it can be.

After learning the Ving Tsun style, He moved back to Massachusetts to help his family and dedicate himself to practicing Chinese medicine and teaching Kung Fu.  He has a  special enthusiasm for treating all painful conditions as well as digestive health, reproductive health, emotional conditions, and internal conditions in general. He is grateful to be able to be a part of Acupuncture Connections and serve one of his favorite towns and counties: Framingham and the greater Middlesex county.