About us

Who We Are

Suffolk County Acupuncture is in its 20th year of serving the Long Island community. Our caring experts are dedicated to treating every patient with compassionate, quality health care. We pride ourselves in creating a Zen-like calming oasis from the outside world where you can escape for an hour and enjoy the peace and quiet.

“We pride ourselves in creating a Zen-like calming oasis from the outside world where you can escape for an hour and enjoy the peace and quiet.”

Dr. James Vitale D.Ac has had a lifelong passion for health and fitness, which drew him to the healing arts. After living and studying in Japan and China for several years, he returned to his home on Long Island and has been serving the Long Island community for over 20 years. His extensive knowledge in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, NAET, Nutrition and Qigong allows him to offer a more comprehensive approach to health and wellness.  James travels back to Japan regularly to further his studies of Acupuncture, Healing and martial arts.

James was inspired to specialize in fertility by personal challenges of conceiving. Having experienced the pain and despair of a diagnosis and ultimately the joy of a successful conception and childbirth, he truly understands what couples are experiencing. It is his mission to help as many couples as possible overcome the obstacles to parenthood.

Some of James’ accomplishments include:

  • Doctorate in Acupuncture (D.Ac) – Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 2019
  • Certified Professional Laser Therapist 2021
  • Advanced Japanese Acupuncture Certificate – Tristate College of Acupuncture 2017
  • Instructor New York College of Health Professions Since 2007
  • Instructor Tristate College of Acupuncture 2009-2018
  • ASNY board member 2014-2016
  • Founding Member of Edo Kai Traditional Acupuncture Society 2001-2016
  • NAET Certification Since 2010
  • On-call Acupuncturist for Long Island IVFachievements in healthcare
  • Nominated Best Acupuncturist 2012, 2018,2019
  • 2018 Achievements in Healthcare Award from Long Island Business News in the category of Alternative Medicine


Kara Waugh L.Ac

Kara first fell in love with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in 2002 while reading the book Between Heaven and Earth; a description of Chinese medical philosophy for lay people. Since then she has not stopped studying, training, and treating patients with the goal of helping people as much as possible through the medium of East Asian Medicine. She received a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree, involving extensive and in-depth training in acupuncture, herbology and related modalities at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, considered one of the best schools for acupuncture in the country.

She also had extensive massage training in both eastern and western techniques from the East West Massage School in Wisconsin. In addition, she is a Reiki Master as well as a certified Qigong and Meditation teacher with the Ling Gui Qigong School. She has treated a wide variety of conditions in her 10 years of practice as an acupuncturist, and has special interest in treating women’s health and fertility, stress and mental health, as well as a variety of pain conditions.

In her time outside the clinic, Kara can be found making music and singing, playing with her two cats, talking with good friends, walking in nature, meditating, and furthering her training in Qigong, so that she can bring the best intentions and energy to her healing practice.