Who We Are
We are a women-owned and operated Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Clinic in Northern New Jersey. As a pair of long-time friends and Chinese Medicine nerds, we continuously consult, challenge, and inspire one another to provide the best care for our patients. We believe in taking the time to know each person who comes to us as a unique individual, and we never stop studying, refining, and developing our skills in advanced Acupuncture Techniques and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Read more about us below...
Beth Leatherman, L.Ac., MSTOM, Founder of Twelve Rivers Acupuncture
Beth Leatherman is licensed to practice acupuncture and herbs in New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, NY, and is nationally accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is also certified by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in clean needle technique. She is the recipient of Kamwo Herbs Valedictorian Award.
Beth founded Twelve Rivers Acupuncture in 2010, as a solo practice in New York City. After moving to Long Valley, NJ in 2012, she worked for three years as an associate acupuncturist at Princeton Integrative Health Center, where she was the women’s health and infertility specialist. In 2015 she opened Twelve Rivers Acupuncture in Hackettstown, where she treats all types of chronic and acute pain, respiratory health and allergies, women’s health, and internal medicine.
Prior to starting the graduate program for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2006, Beth had been trained both as a visual artist and classical pianist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in painting from Tyler School of Art / Temple University in 1999. She worked for five years in New York City as an art handler for art museums and galleries. She also studied classical piano privately during this time with several well-known pianists.
After injuring her wrists and hands with a repetitive strain injury and suffering from chronic pain for several years, Beth turned to Asian medicine and Chinese martial arts. She found profound healing through Taiji (Tai Chi) at Moy Yee San Jong in Brooklyn, where she also met Angela Barbara, her current Acupuncture partner at Twelve Rivers Acupuncture. Her experience of healing and health that she experienced from practicing Taiji inspired her to commit herself to the study and practice of Chinese Medicine. Beth continued to be an active member of Moy Yee San Jong and student of Sifu Henry Moy throughout her studies of Chinese Medicine, until 2012 when she moved to Long Valley. She resides there now, with her husband and two young daughters.
Angela Barbara, L.Ac., MSTOM
Angela Barbara is licensed to practice acupuncture in New Jersey and New York. She earned her Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in New York City. Angela is nationally board-certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine by the NCCAOM, and she also holds certifications in Clean Needle Technique and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture. She started in private practice in New York City in 2014, joined Twelve Rivers Acupuncture in Hackettstown, New Jersey in 2016, and has recently opened the second Twelve Rivers location in Flanders, New Jersey.
Angela found her calling to Traditional Chinese Medicine through her study and practice of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. She has been training with Sifu Henry Moy since 2006, and is proud to be a Senior Instructor of Ving Tsun Kung Fu and Taichichuan at Moy Yee San Jong in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY.
Originally trained as a visual artist and designer, Angela found a special connection to the philosophy behind this elegant medicine with its diagnostic and treatment theories and methods based on universal patterns of the natural world.
Angela is committed to her continuing development and training in the pursuit of health and well-being, as well as making this medicine more accessible to everyone. As a practitioner who welcomes all those seeking help to achieve their wellness goals, she has a special interest in women's health, endocrinology (hormone-related disorders), injury recovery, and stress-related conditions. In her private practice in New York, she focused on fertility, as well as anxiety and stress-related issues, and she had a high success rate of pregnancy for busy women and working moms caught in the non-stop New York lifestyle. She also treated dancers and athletes for injuries, performance goals, and health maintenance.
In addition to her private practice, she spent two years working in community-style acupuncture in Manhattan. Through this high-volume practice in the Financial District, she completed thousands of treatments and had the opportunity to treat and help a very diverse patient population with a wide range of health concerns. In the past couple of years, she has focused her post graduate studies on metabolic, autoimmune and endocrinological health conditions as well as orthopedic acupuncture.
Angela keeps her herbal knowledge and business acumen sharp by working as a consultant for Kamwo Meridian Herbs in Chinatown, NYC, promoting Traditional Chinese Medicine to a wider audience for the oldest Chinese Herbal Dispensary on the East Coast.