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Joseph C. Downer, LAc

Acupuncturist & Nutritionist





1000 Bridgeport Ave STE 508

Shelton, CT 06484

About Me

Joseph Downer, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist at Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center, serving the community of Shelton CT and surrounding communities

He holds a clinical master’s degree in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City, the oldest acupuncture school on the Eastern Seaboard.


  • EXSTORE Acupuncture System  Certification, 2024

  •  FACE Certification (Facial Applications for Cosmetic Enhancement), Pacific College of Health Sciences (PCHS), 2022

  • Doctorate of Acupuncture Candidate, Pacific College of Health Sciences, expected graduation December 2024

  • AFMCP Certification (Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice), The Institute for Functional Medicine, 2024

  • NADA Certification (North American Detoxification Association), Addiction Acupuncture Specialist, 2006

  • 300-hour Post-graduate Certification Advanced Japanese Acupuncture, Tri-State College of Acupuncture, 2016

  • 300-hour Post-graduate Certification Kampo (Japanese Herbal Therapy), Tri-State College of Acupuncture, 2017

  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition and Nutrition Response Testing Certification, Ulan Nutrition Systems, 2017

  • Acupuncture Micro System 48 Certification for Degenerative Eye Diseases, 2016

Education & Training

Joe graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He received a certificate in Chinese studies from Nanjing University in China, where he spent his last year of college. During his time in China, he was successfully treated for a serious illness using acupuncture and herbs. This resulted in his belief in the effectiveness of Chinese medicine.

Joe’s training includes traditional Chinese medicine, Japanese acupuncture, and acupuncture physical medicine – whereas most acupuncturists are only trained in one area. He treats patients with a combination of techniques drawn from these three fields, including East-Asian manual therapy, manipulation techniques, Chinese herbology and essential oils, and Japanese Kampo. Joe is a Clinical Nutrition provider and is one of only 800 Master Practitioners of Nutrition Response Testing in this country and has completed all 15 levels of training by Ulan Nutritional Systems.


His Approach

Joe takes an integrative approach to treat patients with a range of conditions like TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, allergies, fertility issues, sports injuries, women’s health issues, addiction, weight management, and smoking cessation. He also offers management of chronic pain, relief from stress disorders, and symptom relief from internal medicine complaints. Since each person responds to healing therapy differently, he treats each patient individually.


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