As a Neurologist practicing Acupuncture I have experienced greater success treating patients with neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain.

My philosophy

I have shared the frustration of many of my patients over the side effects and/or lack of efficacy of many of the medications traditional medicine uses to treat headaches, neuralgias, neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. So many people struggle with chronic pain and discomfort hoping for alternatives to drugs.

When I began to explore trigger point therapy, and then therapeutic dry needling as a mechanism for treatment, I realized that here was a tool largely unexplored by most physicians to help patients with spinal pain and headaches. I decided to take the leap to a training program in medical acupuncture, but had no idea how powerful and effective a tool it would be for treating conditions, that previously, I had only considered treating with medication.

While every patient is different, and there is never a 100% guarantee that a particular medication or surgical procedure will help you, I am certain that acupuncture will not hurt you, will not cause side effects, and will very likely help you not only have less pain, but also change how you relate to the stress that your chronic pain causes you. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal when the energy of chronic strain/pain patterns are released.

Conditions Treated

 Trigeminal neuralgia
 Occipital neuralgia
 Postherpetic neuralgia (shingles)
 Migraine headaches
 Whiplash injuries
 Tension headaches
 Post concussive headaches
 Dizziness, vertigo
 Neck pain; acute and chronic
 Back pain; acute and chronic
 Shoulder, arm, and hand pain
 Hip, knee, and foot pain
 Parkinson’s disease 

Traditional Services

Nerve blocks for headaches and facial pain

Detoxification from medication overuse headaches

Botox for intractable migraines, alternating with trigger point therapy

Botox for dystonia and spasticity

Trigger point injections

Appropriate medication management

Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG/nerve conductions) to determine the location and/or severity of nerve damage.

Alternative Services

Japanese acupuncture in the style of Master Nagano



Therapeutic dry needling

Auricular acupuncture



About Dr. Kroessler

A practicing neurologist for 28 years, Dr. Kathleen Kroessler has focused on headaches, neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. 

Traditional Medical Training
1980-84 SUNY – Stony Brook: Doctorate of Medicine
1984-85 Long Island Jewish Hospital: Medical internship
1985-86 SUNY – Stony Brook, University Hospital: Neurology Residency; 1st year
1986-88 UMass; University Hospital: Neurology Residency; 2nd-3rd years
1988-90 Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital: Fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine

Complimentary Medical Training
2011-13 Myopain Seminars in Therapeutic Dry Needling: 75 hrs.
2012-13 Integrative Dry Needling with Dr. Ma: 50 hrs.
2014-15 Harvard International Structural Acupuncture for physicians: 300 hrs.
2015-16 Advanced Structural Acupuncture: 60 hrs.

Professional Associations
American Academy of Neurology
American Headache Society
American Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
New England Medical Acupuncture Society

Kathleen Kroessler MD

Kathleen Kroessler, MD
Neurology & Acupuncture
407 East Avenue
Suite 110
Pawtucket, RI 02860
401 305 3322
fax 401 305 3337

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