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Meet Dr. Cat

Caterina Di Palma, DOM

Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Caterina studied acupuncture and Oriental medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, where she earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) degree in 1998. She is a Diplomate of Acupuncture, nationally certified acupuncturist in 1998 from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is licensed to practice acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in New Mexico.

She is the director and teacher of Recovery Points to Wellness Training, auricular (ear) acupuncture for substance abuse disorders known as Acudetox or the NADA technique.  Her training is approved by the NM Board of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (BAOM).



Dr. Caterina Di Palma, Dr. Cat, brings a unique combination of experience, knowledge, and spirit to her work so you can Feel Good Again, have your pain reduced and  eliminated, and enjoy more energy. As a practitioner, she is a problem solver.

​Besides acupuncture, she specializes in bodywork techniques, dolphin AcuCurrent (needleless acupuncture), and relaxation techniques that allow her to work with you on what is important to you. She tries to bring you into the state of your optimal wellness so you are free to become the best you can be, who you want to be.

Caterina’s interest in Oriental medicine began with her studies in Shiatsu, Japanese bodywork, macrobiotics and healing. Her training led her to travels and adventures in Mexico, living and working with Danzantes in the Aztec Dance tradition, and healers. Finally, she spent 1992-1993 in Mexico with curanderas and yerberas. When she returned to the US, still without credentials, she decided to pursue further studies in Oriental medicine and become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM).

Caterina is a first generation Italian American, born in Brooklyn, NY. She sings opera, dances salsa, and speaks Spanish. You may find her gathering herbs on the Umcompahgre plateau with the WOW women herbalists. She makes her home in Silver City, NM after living in northern NM for 22 yrs.

In New York City, before all of this, Caterina sang and studied opera, worked at the Greenmarkets (Union Square) and the Macrobiotic Center of NY. She was a board member of the Natural Organic Farm Association of NY (NOFA-NY), and was part of many other agricultural, food, and healing organizations and conferences in both New York and New Mexico.

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