Owner and lead acupuncturist, Ani Baran, L.ac was born in Yerevan Armenia, and moved to New Jersey at the age of three.
Growing up in Fort Lee, she then attended Fordham University for pre-med studies, and then Columbia University for research — but she knew deep down she wanted to help people more naturally. As the opioid epidemic and crisis began to peak, her calling weighed heavily on her heart and so she began researching natural pain relief options instead.
Thus, she took her passion for biology and healing and trained to become an L.ac — a licensed acupuncturist. With these credentials, she gained over 2000 hours of training, passed all necessary exams, studied Chinese medicine theory, and spent over three years honing her clinical skills.
After marrying her husband Mike and moving to Bayonne who was born and raised in town, she opened both NJ Acupuncture Center locations and has never looked back.
Truly loving her job, she says the best part of her job is how, “I get to help others become pain free, assist in their pregnancy goals, manage their stress, all different treatments but the end result is a side effect free therapy for their concerns.”
Most rewarding to Ani, is helping couples achieve their fertility goals through supportive acupuncture. “I love being able to be part of their journey through a very special time.”
While many may seem apprehensive to try acupuncture for the first time, Ani says, “Once you give it a try you'll never want to stop! It's an amazing feeling, your body being recharged and reenergized, you'll always want to feel that way!