Meet Dr. Kathleen Bartlett

Dr. Kathleen Bartlett, DACM, MSTOM, LAc, one of only three Doctors of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the state of Maine, manages a growing practice with clinical success rates  higher than reported acupuncture studies. Hundreds of pain–free patients credit her with helping them heal on multiple levels.

Dr. Kathleen Bartlett, DACM, MSTOM, LAc,  provides effective treatment for those suffering from pain and illness.”  She gives patients undivided attention during their complete treatment, that usually alleviates pain during the first session. 

Dr. Bartlett sees her patients’ complexities as opportunities to highlight the body’s natural ability to thrive, when given the right support and conditions. In treating her patients, she is not only helping them heal, but also growing as a doctor.

Dr. Bartlett’s History

However, twenty years ago, she suffered from severe neck and back pain resulting from a series of car accidents that landed her on disability. Added to that, arthritic joint pain and devastating fatigue, due to Lyme disease, caused her to seek effective treatment from alternative sources. After great success with acupuncture treatment and homeopathy, she committed to help heal others.

Dr. Bartlett explains, “I answered a call to help others through relieving their suffering of illness and pain. This makes my life valuable and  meaningful. “

She walked away from her 16–hour days in wardrobing and costuming on Broadway to pursue a career in the natural healing methods that cured her. After years of study,  now  she proudly holds a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

In 2001, Dr. Bartlett, began her private practice in Blue Ridge mountain town of Asheville, NC. In 2013 she relocated to Scarborough, Maine. She chose Maine for the high quality of life and natural beauty it offers. In an era of skyrocketing health-care costs and abbreviated doctor visits, Dr. Bartlett prioritizes developing personal connections with her patients.

“I transformed through my illness.”

In Another Life

Many patients are surprised to learn that although Chinese medicine is now my life work, it is a second career for me. I learned to sew at age 10, and turned my hobby into my first career. I majored in design at UCLA and began working in wardrobe and costuming in New York and Los Angeles. I worked at Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway, sewing costumes and dressing actors for shows including Guys and Dolls and Phantom of the Opera. Film and television credits include Law and Order. You can see I am skilled with needles!

On a personal note, I am a long-time environmentalist who eats organic food, lives a toxin-free lifeand recycles everything I can. I have two sweet dogs, who I love dearly: Bodhi is a whippet mix and Georgia rescue. Sattva is the cutest puggle! Together, their names are Bodhisattva: Spiritual beings who selflessly dedicate themselves to working tirelessly for the benefit of others.

You will find us taking snowy walks in the woods, and sunset strolls on Scarborough’s beaches or around Portland’s Back Cove.