South Philly Community Acupuncture practitioners are experienced, caring and sensitive to the needs our patients bring through our door. All of our practitioners are fully licensed, have earned post graduate degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We are dedicated to providing each patient with unsurpassed levels of healthcare, integrity, and compassion. 



Lauren O’Brien Buckley, L.Ac. is nationally certified with NCCAOM and holds state licensure in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She completed a B.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Arizona in 1997 and a four-year M.Sc. in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California in 2002. Her postgraduate internship was at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China in 2003 where she focused on Orthopedics and OB/GYN.

In 2004, Lauren moved to Hong Kong and continued learning different traditional medicines. She attended the Yoga Vidya Dham in Nasik, India to become a certified yoga instructor before returning to the United States.

Lauren founded South Philly Community Acupuncture in 2007. Although she enjoys treating a variety of common conditions, Lauren takes a special interest in OB/GYN and acute/chronic pain. She resides in South Philadelphia with her husband and five sons. She enjoys romping around the city with her family, as well as cooking, hiking, running, practicing yoga and lounging by the sea. 



Justine Pileggi, L.Ac. has been primarily trained in both Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine styles of acupuncture, and has particular interests in channel theory and classical acupuncture. She is constantly striving to enrich her knowledge and fine tune techniques so that each individual receives the most appropriate level of treatment.

As an acupuncturist in the modern world, pain relief is of huge concern. Women’s health issues, reproductive, sexual, emotional, mental, and spiritual, are of great interest to her, as well, with her favorite being the power of acupuncture to help balance and heal the mental/emotional/spiritual axis.

Justine spends most of her time with the people she loves and her 10-year-old son. She is also working towards finishing her Chinese herbal studies to deepen her understanding of Chinese medicine. Justine lives in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, proudly representing 19148!



With a desire to help others nourish their health and enhance their life, Dr. Susanna Satten, D.Ac., L.Ac. completed her Doctorate and Master degrees in Acupuncture, as well as yoga teacher trainings in Vinyasa and Alignment-based yoga.  Her East-Asian medical training encompasses several styles including Classical Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation, and Stone Medicine.  

Susanna treats the full range of physical and emotional health conditions affecting adults of all ages and genders.  This includes gastrointestinal, respiratory, psychological, endocrine, auto-immune, and orthopedic disorders, pain management, stress management, and women's health.  Susanna maintains a private acupuncture practice in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City and also provides community-style acupuncture at South Philly Community Acupuncture.  Her previous experience includes internships at the PCOM Wellness Center in New York City, an externship at NYU Langone's Initiative for Women with Disabilities, and an externship abroad at the TCM Hospital of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Beijing, China.  

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Kelly Scott, L.om.

Kelly Scott, L.OM. is a board certified licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who holds state licensure in Pennsylvania and California. She completed her B.S in Exercise Science from West Chester University and a four-year MTOM in Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, California. Kelly specializes in Master Tung and other distal needling styles of acupuncture.  Additionally, Kelly has training in Shen Treatment style acupuncture, which is a form psychiatric acupuncture developed by the renowned Dr. Joseph Yang.  

As an integrative practitioner, Kelly believes your body does not work in isolation; so neither should your healthcare. She combines both Eastern and Western medicine to give her patients the best results.  Kelly’s areas of expertise include acute and chronic pain, women’s health issues, psychological/emotional disorders, insomnia, and immune conditions. Ultimately, Kelly’s focus is helping her patients maximize their own bio-intelligence (body wisdom) and resources to heal themselves.


 Nicole Yassine, L.OM

Nicole Yassine is a L.Ac in PA and a graduate from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego (just like Lauren!) with a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine as well as an Associate’s degree of Science from PCOM, as well as being nationally certified with NCCAOM. She studied both acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine and loves to use both when helping her patients! She loves to help patients lower stress and help with pain, but she especially enjoys treating fertility and digestive issues. Currently she is finishing her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Nicole also works alongside a fertility MD in Philadelphia helping patients through the fertility process and supervises in the Chinese Herbal department at the Won Institute. When she is not treating patients she is getting to know her new neighborhood (Fishtown!) with her 14 year old daughter, husband and two dogs!


Katie Santana, LCSW

Katie attended the University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Pennsylvania. Through her experience working in New York, Miami and Philadelphia, she gained a rich background in conducting individual therapy with a variety of clients and needs.

Katie currently provides individual therapy services for adults including services for anxiety, depression, transitional challenges, grief, loss, stress management & interpersonal relationships. Her eclectic approach to the therapeutic process is collaborative, flexible, warm and interactive. Katie enjoys blending a variety of psychological and mindfulness theories and practices to tailor her approach to her patient and their different circumstances/needs. By utilizing a variety of techniques and theories, her aim is to support her clients in building awareness, mindfulness and coping skills. She believes that every person has unique talents and abilities that can enhance their growth. Katie would like to help you to discover and strengthen those skills in addition to applying and utilizing new techniques. To that end, she gathers information from you, the client, empowering and encouraging you throughout your journey and tailoring the process, utilizing her skill set to meet your particular and changing needs. She provides a confidential, respectful, compassionate and safe environment for you to explore, grow and heal. 

You can find more info on HERE on her website. 



Laura is our clinic manager and lover of all things color coded, especially spreadsheets. It's safe to say she is the glue to our office, as she holds it together! She will be graduating this year with a Bachelor's degree in Health and Nutrition and is also a licensed esthetician in the midst of developing her own line of organic skincare.

Laura has a passion for natural living and DIY. She loves cookies, cats, and buying clothes off Poshmark. Laura is also a trained doula and although she is not currently practicing, she's obsessed with pregnancy, birth and BABIES!



Samm started receiving acupuncture here at our clinic in 2012, she quickly became addicted and then started as our receptionist/social media coordinator/placenta specialist in 2014. She is happy to call South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture her home away from home. 

Samm is studying to become a CPM, certified professional midwife. She has a passion for women's health and is the owner of Wanderlust Birth & Photo where she offers her services as a doula, birth photographer, childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator. When she's not at the clinic or a birth, she is spending time with her partner, John (who is also an acupuncture junkie) and their son Indigo and fur baby Roofus. 



Sara is a recent Temple University graduate where she studied Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. She is currently exploring the options of starting med school or becoming a nurse practicioner. 

She hopes to incorporate the holistic model of care that we use in our clinic in her medical practice one day. She has a strong interest in psychological disorders, gastrointestinal issues and autoimmune diseases. In her spare time she enjoys being a foodie, and getting acupucture !