OPEN Community Acupuncture (OPEN) is one of many community acupuncture clinics established in the country who are members of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA). POCA is a multi-stake holder cooperative whose mission is to make acupuncture affordable for nearly everyone, while promoting a sustainable business model that works for patients and practitioners. .To jump on board, learn more about the cooperative and to find POCA member clinics near you, visit

We Have a Flat Fee

We offer treatments for $20 with an additional one-time $10 consultation fee for the first appointment. There is never any need to prove your income to qualify for this price.  Everyone pays $20. Our only goal is for you to be able to find out how useful acupuncture can be for you. Acupuncture is most effective for current health concerns when it is done frequently and regularly. We've found this to be especially true at the beginning of a course of treatment. Acupuncture is a PROCESS. It is very rare for any person to be able to resolve a problem completely with one treatment. Frequent treatment is much more likely to lead to relief. Your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment based on the intensity and duration of your health concern. Twice a week is usually the minimum needed to get some momentum moving ahead with speed for a health issue – though more frequent visits are common for short periods of time if the problem is quite intense. If you don’t come in often enough or for enough treatments, acupuncture may not work as well for you.  This is the idea behind our fee.

We Treat in a Community Room

We believe a group setting has many benefits: it’s easier for friends and family to come in together and it allows patients to keep their needles in as long as they want. Most people learn after experiencing a few treatments when they feel 'done' or 'cooked'. This can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour or two. The treatment room is meant to remain a quiet space for you and others to rest, sleep and sort it all out. Its atmosphere exists through our patients relaxing together. We appreciate everyone’s presence...we find this kind of collective stillness a rare and valuable thing. Maintaining this reservoir of calm requires very little talking in the clinic space – including by us. If you would like to speak to your acupuncturist one-on-one at great length, please let us know. We can arrange for time in the office.

Our Commitment to You

We want our community to be welcoming to all different kinds of people. We want to give you the tools to take care of your own health in a safe environment with skilled, experienced practitioners. We will always be available to listen to any advice and/or feedback you may have about OPEN. We will do all of this with a sense of humor and help from you as well. Please enjoy the space and time to do your work.

The Practitioner:

Travis Beto is a Vermont licensed acupuncturist. He has also been licensed and practiced in both Minnesota and Florida.  Travis completed his 4 yeas of study and training in 2009, resulting in a Masters in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Health Sciences.  Since 2010 he has been providing acupuncture in the community setting integrating a number of acupuncture techniques including TCM, 5 element, channel theory, Richard Tan and Master Tung.

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What people are saying about OPEN

I'd never had acupuncture until I met Travis. After only two visits, my chronic rotator cuff pain is basically gone! I'm looking forward to it being non-existent after a few more session. I'm sad it took me so long to try it and that I suffered with the pain for so long.  - Becky, Waterbury

Travis has helped calm my overactive nervous system and made me much more comfortable. - Shane, Colchester

Travis Beto from "OPEN Community Acupuncture" in Waterbury is who I would recommend. I have gotten relief from a wide variety of ailments through his work and knowledge of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. The clinic also has a very convenient on-line booking service and full office hours so you can expect an appointment to be readily available. This clinic is also the most affordable acupuncture I have found in VT.  - Caitlin, Waterbury

Always excellent! - John, Waterbury Center

"First time for Acupuncture. I do not like needles so have always been hesitant to go but he put me at ease and I feel a difference already." - Sue, Northfield

"I've always wanted to try acupuncture but the cost has always been a deterrent. I was thrilled to find out about OPEN Community Acupuncture, and have been going for a few weeks now. Travis is great - super attentive and helpful, and a really nice guy too. My back pain has eased up quite a bit, and am looking forward to more sessions to get rid of it completely". - Lucy, Waterbury Center

What a generous gift to the Waterbury Community! Thank you for your professionalism, gentle, & helpful treatments for the past six months! - Robin, Waterbury

"I wanted to take a moment to recommend Open Community Acupuncture on South Main Street. Community acupuncture is a national movement to bring accessible affordable acupuncture to the public. We are lucky to have this business open here in Waterbury. I have found Travis' treatments there to be effective and affordable, and the environment of the office to be calm and professional. I first came to acupuncture for a muscle soreness issue that physical therapy wasn't effectively treating. I also use acupuncture for stress management and to help with sleeping more soundly. Its great. You should try it." - Jeremy, Waterbury

"Travis is superb - I have had chronic neck and shoulder pain from a car accident for over 25 years. In the short amount of time I've been coming, he's been able to reduce the amount of pain and tightness by at least 30% and increased my range of motion that traditional therapies and medicines have not touched! I would highly recommend and encourage anyone with any type of chronic pain to come visit Travis" - Sara, Waterbury Center

"There are simply not enough nice and kind words to say. Experiencing for yourself is a Must!". - Natasha, Waterbury

"Acupuncture treatment with Travis has helped me immensely during my pregnancy. I have had acid reflux, restless leg syndrome and insomnia during this pregnancy, which have all been effectively treated at Open Community Acupuncture."     -Michelle, Middlesex

"Great presentation and preparation before trying this and the feeling was incredible...."  -Bruce, Barre - after a discussion given by Travis

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