Our History

The Lea Tam Acupuncture Center was established in Boston in 1982 by husband and wife Lea Tam and Tom Tam, both Chinese immigrants who arrived in the United States to start a new life. Since 2013, the clinic has been managed by siblings Bell Tam and Yvonne Tam, both who are licensed acupuncturists. Lea and Tom Tam are retired from acupuncture.

Bell and Yvonne are second generation acupuncturists who have served as apprentices in the clinic learning from both Tom and Lea from a very young age. Both Bell and Yvonne hold a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture.

Tom recently retired in 2013 after practicing acupuncture for 30 years to pursue teaching and writing about his healing expertise and experience

Today, our office is still located in Boston’s Chinatown and is one of the longest standing acupuncture clinics in Massachusetts. We also have offices in Quincy MA and Haverhill MA.


Tom Tam

Tom Tam


Tom has practiced acupuncture in the Boston area for over 30 years making him one of the earliest practitioners in Boston. Within his profound career, Tom has devoted his time and practice in helping others. His intuition, knowledge and experience in the healing arts led to the development of the Tom Tam Healing System and Tong Ren Healing Therapy. Tom has retired from acupuncture in 2013 to further his teachings and developments of Tong Ren Healing.

Lea Tam

Lea Tam


Lea is a graduate of the Guangzhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She emigrated to Boston in the early 80's and began her practice, becoming one of the first acupuncturists in the Chinatown area. She paved the way for the popularization of acupuncture in Boston as she and her husband's practice grew. Today, Lea is retired from acupuncture but her office and practice still remains a household name.

Bell Tam

Bell Tam


Bell has his license as an acupuncturist, but is also a wealth of knowledge in the field of tui na massage. He has had more than two decades of experience performing tui na, helping countless people achieve better health. Not only is Bell a healer and practitioner, he is also a teacher and a mentor. He holds education as one of the foundations of the work he does, helping his patients have a better understanding of their own bodies, about the science behind illness, and about how to take the skills he possess home with them so they can upkeep their own wellness, empowering those around him.

Yvonne Tam

Yvonne Tam


Since childhood, Yvonne has observed all the healing that surrounded her as she spent summers and afterschool hours at her parents' acupuncture clinic. Her interest was sparked as she saw success after success - of people who entered in pain and in fear but then left in disbelief as their ailments were alleviated. Yvonne has her Masters in Acupuncture and has more than 15 years of experience with tui na massage. She has taught Tong Ren Healing and the Tom Tam Healing System in the United States but also in France, Spain and England.

Kristina Sclafani

Kristina Sclafani


Kristina has always had a strong passion in Chinese medicine and homeopathic healing. She learned through her family to address illnesses with both eastern and western treatments and healing practices. Medicine was always administered with complementary and alternative methods to restore the body to health. Kristina’s passion toward pursuing a career in acupuncture and Chinese medicine stems from her personal experience with the benefits of these practices.

Jess Butler

Jess Butler


Jess’ practice is rooted in empowering patients to recognize their own bodies’ ability to heal. She came to acupuncture first as a patient after suffering for two decades with debilitating migraines. Disheartened by the limitations of western medicine, Jess finally found relief and renewed vitality through acupuncture treatments. Jess believes acupuncture is the foundation of holistic health care because the treatments address the physical, emotional, and spiritual distress that pain causes our bodies.


Bell and Yvonne are wonderful acupuncturists. I agree with what Siobhan M. said exactly - they are the best! Tom Tam and his family are true healers! They are a kind, generous family who only want to help and aid people. My immune system was very weak when I started getting acupuncture from them, and after just a couple of treatments, my immune system was so much better! Nothing is too serious for them to help.

Elissa A.

Bell and Yvonne are great! I started visiting to help with my knee (torn meniscus) and to provide an overall boost to my immune system. With a focus on the spine, the sessions here involve both traditional acupuncture and massage. I've visit regularly for the healing treatments and to restore balance... and Bell and Yvonne's personalities make the sessions even better! I'd highly recommend them!

Navin B.

The high reviews for Lea Tam are well deserved. I came in after experiencing pain in my neck and chest area, which made it difficult for me to breathe. I had never done acupuncture before so I didn't know what to expect, but after Bell worked on me, all my pain was gone. They are nice, professional, and very effective. Will definitely come back and I highly recommend them.

Michelle A. L.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the people here and their services. Not only are they kind and sympathetic, but they are real curers. I've had severe stomach issues and since going to the Tams my issues have DRAMATICALLY improved. Thank you Bell Tam.

Kel V.

I grew up with acupuncture my whole life. I have acupuncturists in my family. And I am impressed with Dr. Kristina. Sessions are quantum leaps in healing. As a practitioner, she is unafraid yet humble and treats her patients with a wisdom that is beyond her years. She doesn't waste any time and each session, I leave with a tangible shift in my reality. I particularly like her needling...she is able to carry a very large amount of qi and just enliven those needles. She has an amazing force behind those taps. I highly recommend her to everyone for everything. Nuff said.

Angela S.

Jess Butler is not only a capable practitioner but also a very gifted one! She has a natural way of immediately putting you at ease, allowing you to relax fully and receive a wonderful treatment every time. She is thoroughly trained in both traditional and non-traditional treatment styles as well as energetic healing modalities - making her an extremely dynamic acupuncturist. But her compassion and commitment to achieving results makes her a true healer. I trust Jess Butler implicitly with my health and well-being and I highly recommend her as a practitioner!

Julie S.

Kristina is currently helping me with my chronic sleeping issues which triggers my anxiety and I cannot begin to explain the difference it has made. Consistency is the key and even after my first session back I experienced a significant difference in that night's sleep. She educates on why she does what and where. If you're experiencing any type of ache or pain or woe I highly recommend coming to see Kristina!

Kym N.

Jess Butler is an amazing acupuncturist. I sought out her help over a year ago due to having chronic migraines and TMJ and no other treatments had been working. Well, it worked! I now see her for help with anxiety and stress as well. I have noticed a marked change in the frequency and severity of my migraines as well as feeling like I have a better handle on managing my stress and anxiety. Her gentle manner paired with her open and fun personality makes for a great combination and puts you instantly at ease.

Ryan S.

Bell Tam has changed my life. I have had chronic debilitating neck pain and vertigo for three years now and have been seeing a chiropractor, acupuncturist & massage therapist regularly to help manage the pain, without having more than two days of pain relief between appointments. I flew from Los Angeles for treatment after hearing about several patient success stories with Bell and after just one treatment with him ive been pain free for two months. I just returned for my second appointment and will be flying out regularly for maintenance, this has made a huge improvement in my life and I am forever grateful!

C C.

Don't hesitate to come here. Been suffering from back and neck pain for quite some time. I was bedridden this past summer due to severe, agonizing pain. My decision to seek acupuncture services here was largely due to the positive reviews, and I completely agree. To echo previous sentiments - the people ARE incredibly talented at what they do. I felt better after the first treatment. After my third, I am relatively pain free and have increased energy. My plan is to continue with treatments as maintenance. Thank you Lea Tam Acupuncture - you are truly heaven sent.


Lea Tam Acupuncture is the absolute best acupuncture business I have come across. Coming here has been such a blessing and I am truly grateful my friend told me to come here. If you are ready to start healing, this is your place. They use a certain style of acupuncture I have been unable to find anywhere else, due to the owner creating his own style. They also accept insurance which is great. Can't recommend them enough.

Anjelica G.

I've been to a few acupuncturists before and this place is the best. It's a family owned business that is in its second generation. They have a new office now in crown colony but they still have a Chinatown location as well. They take the time to talk to you and get to know your lifestyle to better diagnose the underlying issues. Whether it's headaches, back pain, or even anxiety, a visit will work wonders.

Eric C.

My daughter has been going to Lea Tam Acupuncture for almost a year. They are all incredible and have helped my daughters headaches when western medicine has failed her. Everyone in the center is fantastic and caring. They are always on time and take a genuine interest in each and every person who walks through their door. We have met many people in the waiting room and their stories of healing are extraordinary. I have nothing but positive things to say and have told all my friends that Lea Tam Acupuncture is the only place to go.

Paula G.

Last night, I had an initial acupuncture treatment from Yvonne Tam, requesting help for anxiety and hypertension; and it was nothing short of amazing! Yvonne is lovely, sweet and kind, and cheerful and fun. I couldn't even feel the needles, either going in or staying in, and had only a slight discomfort in a shoulder where my muscles had been very tight for many years. Afterwards, I was so relaxed I can only compare it to feeling like a rag doll, or the way it feels after hours spent lying on a beautiful beach in perfect weather, times 10.

Michele O.

I am hooked! A dear friend recommended that I try Lea Tam Acupuncture Center for some health problems I was experiencing. I went once and immediately saw a change. I also suffer from severe scoliosis. Bell is absolutely wonderful and is working to heal my back! The Tam family is so warm and inviting and make the experience so wonderful. I look forward to my appointments each week and recommend that everyone give it a try!

Colleen L.

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