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

Kim Flaherty

Meghan Hickelton

Melissa Stein

Lai Yee Yuen


Robert Yauckoes

Title: Owner and Acupuncturist 

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 change the health and well being of our 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 helping the community that has given so much to him and his family.  He practices in the Framingham office where his passion for providing affordable acupuncture began.

Robert grew up in Stow, MA and after living overseas for many years in Hungary, Austria and the United Arab Emirates, 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

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.

Kim Flaherty

Title:  Clinic Manager

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.


MeghanMeghan Hickelton

Title: Licensed Massage Therapist

Meghan received her massage therapy certification in 2012 from the Cortiva Institute in Watertown MA. She has since studied sports massage, Thai massage and Mana Lomi massage and loves to integrate different techniques into a relaxing deep tissue massage.
She believes that how individuals handle the inevitable stress of daily living has the greatest impact on health and wellness. Regular massage, either for acute injuries, chronic pain or maintenance is an integral part of self care and should be viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury.
Meghan is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Belmont, just outside Cambridge. To unwind, Meghan enjoys power yoga and jogging with her dog along the Charles River.


MelissaMelissa Stein

Title:  Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

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.


Lai Yee Yuen

Title: Acupuncturist and Herbalist 

Lai Yee practices Chinese style acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine. She received her Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture and her Bachelor in Behavioral Science from The University of Chicago. In addition to her acupuncture training in the US, she has travelled to China to study at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou.

Lai Yee has experience treating a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal disorders to internal issues such as digestion and women’s health, and psychological/emotional issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. She uses an integrative approach that may combine acupuncture with herbal medicine or adjunctive techniques such as cupping to help her patients recover and maintain their health. Since traditional Chinese medicine is both holistic and preventative, she believes that it should be used regularly to keep the whole body in optimal health. She is thrilled that acupuncture done in a community setting offers more people the opportunity to benefit from this medicine.

When not working, Lai Yee enjoys traveling (she’s been to all 7continents – almost), being outdoors hiking, kayaking or xc skiing, or just relaxing at home with her family.