Dr Arya Nielsen is an American acupuncturist taught in the classical lineage of Dr James Tin Yau So and in practice for over 36 years. She graduated in the first class of the first acupuncture college in the United States in 1977. She is a practitioner, teacher, author, and researcher and is considered the Western authority on the traditional East Asian technique Gua sha. Dr Nielsen has an academic research doctorate and a faculty appointment at a New York teaching hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, where she sees patients and directs the Acupuncture Fellowship for Inpatient Care through the Department of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Nielsen teaches internationally on topics related to East Asian medicine and Integrative medicine. She developed and directs the Gua sha Certification Course.