Amanda Placeres is looking to expand the presence of naturopathic medicine in New Milford.

To that end, she opened Placeres Naturopathic & Acupuncture at 53 Bank St., Unit 2, on Dec. 1.

An open house is planned for April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. It will feature an introduction to naturopathic medicine at 1:30 p.m., an acupuncture demonstration at 2:30 p.m and a cupping demonstration at 3:30 p.m.

Placeres said settling into a community where there are yoga studios, an herbalist, acupuncturists and more nearby provides a cohesive community of alternative offerings for patients seeking that type of care and treatment.

“The town has been very welcoming,” she said.

“Dr. Placeres is amazing,” said patient Peter Callahan, of Harwinton. “I could not recommend her more highly.”

“She has an incredible balance of knowledge, intuition, confidence, and humility that I have rarely encountered, maybe never in a physician,” Callahan said.

Placeres conducts comprehensive exams, can diagnose and treat patients, and order blood work and imaging.

As a naturopathic doctor, she differs from a medical doctor in the state of Connecticut in that she does not have prescriptive rights or perform surgery.

Naturopathic doctors “not only understand how medications are affecting a person, but we understand how nutrients and botanicals may interact with those medications and how they alone can affect the biochemistry, biology and more,” Placeres said.

“We understand that symptoms are not the problem, but only an indication of an underlying dysfunction,” she said. “We are working more on rebuilding what the body is lacking through diet, lifestyle changes, nutriceuticals, botanical medicine and so much more in hopes of decreasing the symptoms that a patient is experiencing by correcting the underlying reason for the disease development in the first place.”

The doctor said she understands and values “the collaborative model” among doctors that may be necessary for some patients.

Patients suffering from autoimmune diseases, migraines, skin or gastrointestinal problems have sought her help.

“She was able to truly listen to me and paint a holistic picture of my health and habits so that we could start to address challenges proactively and work to heal the causes rather than symptoms,” Callahan said.

“I track my sleep with my fitness tracker and recently had the deepest, most REM-filled sleep of my life thanks to the diet changes and additional supplements Dr. Placeres has recommended,” he said.

One of the first areas Placeres often addresses is diet. Even small tweaks in diet can have a significant effect on health

For example, certain foods reduce inflammation in the body, which is often at the root of or contributes to particular illnesses. But what is inflammatory for one person may not be for the next.

“I want to empower a patient to know how to heal and take care of themselves,” Placeres said.

Jessica McCasland, of Fairfield, sought Placeres’ help for migraines and concerns regarding digestion.

“Since seeing Dr. Placeres for naturopathic and acupuncture treatment, I am no longer experiencing migraines weekly and the severity has significantly decreased,” McCasland said.

“In fact, I went in for a scheduled acupuncture treatment and just so happened to have a migraine at that time,” she said. “After a 20-minute acupuncture session, I no longer felt the migraine.”

Acupuncture, which helped relieved symptoms the doctor once had, is one way patients can find immediate relief.

Guy Potolicchio, of Monroe, sought Placeres’ help for his torn rotator cup in his shoulder, after surgery was suggested by an orthopedic doctor.

“She’s a miracle worker ... and is totally excelled above other acupuncturists I have seen,” Potolicchio said of his experience with Placeres.

He said he can now raise his arm above his head and has resumed his golf game.

Placeres opened the New Milford office as her home base, but maintains a satellite office in Norwalk, which opened in February 2016.

Her practice accepts most major insurance carriers in the state.

For more information, call Placeres Naturopathic & Acupuncture, located at 53 Bank St, Unit 2, New Milford, at 860-799-0006.