Our Acupuncturists

Melani Bolyai, L.Ac., Dipl. C.H., DoulaMelani Bolyai, L.Ac., Dipl. C.H., Doula is a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and Childbirth Doula, specializing in treatment and support for infertility issues for women and men, and pregnancy health. Melani clinically trained in New York University’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester, and Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn.

Highly experienced with using acupuncture to treat pregnant women and gynecological health, she served as an Acupuncture Supervisor in Lutheran Medical Center’s labor and delivery ward providing instruction and doing research studies on how to use acupuncture to induce labor and reduce labor pain.

Melani is a graduate of Mercy College’s B.S. Health Science/M.S. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine program where she completed training in Eastern medicine as well as the equivalent Western medical training received by physician assistants. Prior to graduate school, Melani worked as an environmental consultant after graduating magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in environmental science.

Melani Bolyai is the owner of Natural Qi Acupuncture and Herbs, where she practices. Her practice is located at 80 East 11th Street, near Union Square, in New York City.cherry blossom

SuzanneConnoleLAcSuzanne Connole, MSTOM, L.Ac., found her way to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine after having used acupuncture to heal from a painful injury. She found that not only was her pain gone, but she felt better in almost every way and her path in life was clear. Having studied chinese culture, literature and martial arts for many years before, Chinese Medicine fit into her way of life and thinking quite easily. Suzanne graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in 2003 and has been practicing ever since.

Suzanne knew that she wanted to help women in some way and has been able to focus her practice and studies on women’s health. Her goal is to provide a space for healing, ease the transitions through life and help patients achieve their potential. Suzanne is committed to a life-long path of learning and most recently has been studying advanced herbal medicine with Sharon Weizenbaum at the White Pine Institute in Amherst, MA. Suzanne also has had training as a doula and is a faculty member at both Tri-state College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.cherry blossom


CL2Cherrie Laygo, DAOM L.Ac., 
 is a California Board licensed, NCCAOM Certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine through personal experience with her own health and as a natural progression to her long career as a Massage Therapist.

Dr. Cherrie Laygo received her Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, Ca. where she was part of the teaching staff in the  Masters program. She also graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.

She incorporates Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Electro-Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Medical Massage Therapy and more in her treatments of patients. She is a general practitioner with a special interest in women’s health, musculo-skeletal disorders, pain management, anxiety, mental emotional health and digestive disorders.

Currently, Dr. Laygo and her family moved back to New York City after almost 6 years in Los Angeles, Ca. She is on the Oriental Medicine teaching staff at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she teaches the Gynecology course in the Master’s program.

As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM/TOM) practitioner, her objective is to unite the best knowledge of both systems, TCM and Western Biomedicine, focusing on corrective and preventative care in order to help achieve optimum health and longevity of Life.cherry blossom