Abby Humphrey, Dipl. Ac. M.Ac.
Masters in Acupuncture, Certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tai Sophia Institute
Abby Humphrey is a native New Englander who came to acupuncture, as many do, through pain. An injury incurred in her dance career led her to an acupuncturist in Middletown, Connecticut, where she was attending Wesleyan University. This experience inspired her in turn to write a thesis on Chinese medicine as part of her bachelor’s degree work in East Asian Studies.
Further explorations in complementary medicine brought her to the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City, where she received a Certificate in Massage Therapy, and eventually to the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now the Tai Sophia Institute) in Columbia, Maryland. At Tai, Abby worked with founders Robert Duggan and Dianne Connelly, earning her Masters in Acupuncture, Maryland State Licensure, and Certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She is currently an active member of both the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Upon completion of her studies at Tai in 1999, Abby moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, establishing her practice as the sole acupuncturist at Head to Toe Therapies. In 2001, working with therapist Becky Minnick Hackenberg, she co-founded the Center for Sacred Living, a collaborative healing space for practitioners of various modalities. Abby joined the practitioners at the Hygeia Center for Healing Arts in June 2012.
Life in Ann Arbor, naturally, has brought Abby into the realm of the University of Michigan. She has lectured on Chinese medicine in the U of M School of Public Health and in the intensive Inteflex program at the Medical School. In addition, she has hosted students from the Med School and Public Health at her practice. Abby has facilitated workshops on Five Element Theory and Shiatsu in Ann Arbor and Toledo. Her own professional path has included workshops in Toronto, Washington DC, western Massachusetts, Chicago, and New York. Highlights from this work include a two-year program with Lonny Jarrett on Clinical Integration, a course with Dr. Richard Tan on his Balance Method, and The Art and Science of Obstetrics with Raven Lang.
Abby has three daughters, Kaeli Rose, Evangeline, and Roxanne. Her husband Karl Sikkenga is a teacher and school administrator. Although she hasn’t danced or choreographed in awhile, Abby remains physically and artistically active, recently earning a blue belt in tae kwon do and designing a line of greeting cards under the aegis of Leaping People Designs.