Stephanie Mauri, a familiar presence in the Kent dental health field for more than a decade, has launched Kent Biomedical Acupuncture, with offices on the Kent Green, opposite town hall.

Mauri, who has served the community as a registered dental hygienist since the early 2000s, said her new practice will emphasize integrative medicine, combining modern medicine with established approaches from around the world.

She said she will work in concert with other local health-care providers.

Having earned her credentials in acupuncture from the University of Bridgeport, Mauri also holds a master of science degree.

She served clinical internships with the University of Bridgeport acupuncture clinic, Sound Shore Medical Center (Montefiore Hospital) and the school, Sisters of Notre Dame in Wilton.

“My interest in acupuncture grew out of a desire to do more for people, particularly with natural medicine,” she said. “As a hygienist, I have observed how lifestyle and preventive medicine can make a significant difference in quality of life.

“Often, our zest for life becomes compromised by bodily pain, disability or illness. My goals are to respect and support everyone’s natural health and dignity in every way that I can.”

Mauri said an initial half-hour treatment is “ideal for people who are curious about acupuncture, and want to try a small treatment, to see how their body feels. We have a brief consultation about your chief complaint.

“This includes a musculoskeletal assessment, as tension on the outside of the body often reflects tension and/or dysfunction on the inside.”

In addition to traditional acupuncture, she will offer facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment.

The office at 8 Green Pastures Lane is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.kentbiomed.com.