Jill graduated from The New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM). The New England School of Acupuncture was the first acupuncture school in the United States and remains one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the field.
Jill is experienced in treating many different conditions such as menstrual irregularities, infertility, musculoskeletal conditions, anxiety/depression, headaches, menopausal symptoms, digestive disorders, as well as many others. She has interned in a variety of clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities. She has treated issues as varied as infertility to drug/alcohol withdrawal and side effects from Hepatitis and HIV medications. She has continued her education to include additional training for allergy elimination, musculoskeletal pain elimination, and fertility.
Prior to attending The New England School of Acupuncture, Jill attended Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. While obtaining her degree at Assumption, Jill worked as a chiropractic assistant. During this time she met an acupuncturist. Having witnessed the healing effects that acupuncture had to offer for both her family and herself, she knew without a doubt that this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
In 2006, Jill moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina and opened the doors to To The Point Acupuncture. Initially in Cary, NC Jill has since relocated her office to Raleigh, NC. Though known to be somewhat of a goofball and a free spirit, Jill is quite serious when it comes to treating her patients. She listens to her patients, makes them laugh when they want to cry, and is always researching different ways in which she can best serve her patients using Acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
When not at work, Jill spends her time balancing a very busy and active lifestyle with her husband and two sons. She can always be found laughing, smiling, and simply enjoying life.
Justin Thornton, LAc., Dipl. Ac.
Justin is a North Carolina licensed and nationally accredited acupuncturist and a graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Prior to attending Jung Tao, Justin graduated from Appalachian Statue University where he majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in holistic health and mind-body practices from around the world. From an early age, Justin has continuously shown interest in natural health and unlocking the potential of the human body through martial arts, meditation, and qigong. With almost a decade of experience in a multitude of holistic health modalities, Justin remains curious and eager to learn more and share his experiences and insights with others.
When not studying or treating patients, Justin enjoys playing music, going on hikes, swimming, bike riding and eating good food with good friends.
Front Desk Staff
When you walk into the office you will see one of these 2 faces smiling back at you.
Karuna was born and raised in Essex Junction, Vermont. She went to school at Clarkson University in Potsdam where she received her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. Karuna worked as a Chemical Engineer in the consumer goods industry for over a decade. Karuna found an interest in acupuncture while dealing with a few of her own health issues that Western Medicine was not able to diagnose or treat. This led her to manage an acupuncture clinic in South Carolina for 5 years, where she really enjoyed seeing the impact that TCM had on the patients that came to that clinic. She decided to move to Raleigh in 2018 and started seeing Jill as an acupuncturist…. as they say, the rest is history!
In her free time, Karuna loves to travel and enjoy delicious food and wine with close friends and family.
Lara is a former New Englander who relocated to North Carolina in 1995. After many years of juggling a family, school, and gainful employment, she completed her Bachelor of Arts through UNCG. She considers herself to be a perpetual student and she is always on the lookout for an opportunity to learn something new.*
Although Lara is not licensed to practice acupuncture at TTPA, she does enjoy needling others with her sharp sense of humor. She provides comprehensive treatment to both friends and family members, as well as two feline companions that suffer from delusions of grandeur.
When she is not at the office, she is probably lost in the pages of a good book or dabbling in digital photography. Or maybe eating a mozzarella cheese stick. She resides in Holly Springs.
*Bungee-jumping? No. Quantum physics? No. Traditional Chinese Medicine? YES!