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Susan Sandlin

Acupuncturist Susan Sandlin began her career in the Healing Arts in 1987 when she was certified as a Massage Therapist. Recognizing there were other practices that would create wellness and relief, she went back to school to expand her skills.  Susan holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, one of the original schools of Oriental Medicine in the United States. Susan is nationally certified by the national certification comission for acupuncture and oriental medicine  http://www.nccaom.org.  She earned certificates in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and and treats patients with a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Chinese Food Therapy, Yoga and other related practices. 

Susan began practicing in Richmond, VA in 2002. As one of the first Licensed Acupuncturists in the area, she was one of the pioneering practitioners to introduce Chinese Medicine to Richmonders. During the span of her career, she has gratefully helped thousands of patients.

Susan is known for her compassion, intuition, and experience. Her integration of multiple treatment styles has been called life changing by many patients. Her specialties include Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Yoga, Massage, and Nutritional Guidance. She has had tremendous clinical success with pain relief, women’s health issues, and multiple conditions affecting the body such as digestive, respiratory and neurological issues.  Other practitioners seek her out for treatment and she receives referrals from MDs, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, CMT’s, and other Acupuncturists.

While in Chinese Medical School, Susan received extensive training over a period of years that led to her becoming a Certified Reiki Master in the Usui Tradition in 2000. Reiki, an energy healing modality, adds a special touch to her massage and bodywork and deepens the effectiveness of her treatments. In 2010, she was trained as an Oneness Blessing Giver.

Susan is constantly deepening her skills by participating in Continuing Education programs on a regular basis.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State. Passionate about educating the public about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, she regularly gives lectures to health care professionals and community members at VCU Health Systems, Bon Secours, JCC, and local support groups including Crohn‘s & IBD groups. Susan is a frequent lecturer at Good Foods Grocery.


  • L.Ac. – Licensed Acupuncturist

M.S.O.M. – Master of Science, Oriental Medicine

  • Dipl. C.H.- Diplomate in Chinese Herbalism

  • Dipl. Ac. –  Diplomate in Acupuncture 

  • E-RYT500 – Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 training & 2000 teaching hours;

Susan has hundreds of hours of acupuncture continuing education.

YOGA!!  Susan Sandlin is an experienced and registered yoga teacher with 500 hours of training & over 2000 teaching hours 

Susan has studied a variety of dance and movement forms since her teens and has been practicing yoga since 1987. She taught her first yoga class in 1992 and has been expanding her practice and her teaching style ever since. Over the years she has trained with noted and inspirational teachers like Ganga White, Tracey Rich, Seane Corn, Shiva Rae, Paul Grilley, Saul David Raye, Sarah Powers, Eddie Modestini and Nikki Doane, Cyndi Lee, Catherine De Los Santos, Natasha Rizopoulos, and Annie Carpenter.

Her style, which is fluid, dynamic, and grounded, empowers students to discover their authentic potential while incorporating the rich traditions of yoga. Susan believes that every pose is a meditation and opportunity to glimpse bliss and grace. Whether the practice is Vinyasa, Core, Hatha, Yin or a fusion of one or more of these, she assists students to find a sense of the sacred. Susan often includes aromatherapy, acupressure, massage, and soothing relaxation techniques in her classes. Her unique understanding of the body, deepened over time through her studies of both eastern and western systems, enhances her teaching.

*An Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher 500, (E-RYT-500).  The E is for experienced and the 500 indicates the highest level that the Yoga Alliance Registers teachers.