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Meet Your Acupuncturists

We created this practice in order to live out our dream of healing others through Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.


At Prickly Pear, we know the healing power within the body and we work closely with each patient to allow the flow of life energy to restore strength, balance, beauty, and an overall sense of wellness.


We provide concierge-level care to our patients at both our Arcadia office as well as at Babymoon Inn in Central Phoenix. In addition, we facilitate events at local yoga studios combining acupuncture with yoga and sound healing. 


We're invested in your complete wellness journey. 



Irin White is a Phoenix Native. She grew up in Arcadia and graduated from Xavier College Preparatory before continuing on to the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from which she earned both a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine. She is  Nationally Board Certified as a Diplomat of Acupuncture through NCCAOM and licensed with the state of Arizona. In addition, Irin is certified by National Acu Detox Association (NADA) as well as for Facial and Cosmetic Acupuncture. She has studied under numerous published and internationally renowned professionals including Michelle Gellis L.Ac., leading acupuncturist in the field of cosmetic acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, and neuromuscular facial disorders.

Irin specializes in providing comprehensive family care, prenatal and postnatal support, facial & cosmetic acupuncture, and esoteric acupuncture. 


"I do this work because I know I’m put on this planet to help lighten the energy and help people heal. I’m gifted with the ability to hold space for people’s healing. My powerful expectation of people’s wellness creates the space for them to step into it. I love being part of someone’s healing journey. I love providing relief and positive outcomes in pregnancies and health journeys."  - Irin



Peter White, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and 13 year Navy Marine Corps Veteran. Peter graduated from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Masters degree in Oriental Medicine. Peter is Nationally Board Certified as a Diplomat of Acupuncture through NCCAOM and Licensed with the State of Arizona and certified in Detox Acupuncture. He also volunteers with local VFWs providing veterans complementary treatments.


Peter specializes in working with Veterans seeking treatment for general wellness, chronic pain, sports injury healing, and autoimmune disorders. 


"I do this work because I know and believe in the knowledge passed down from thousands of years and the energy that comes with it is real and attainable for everyone. I am a veteran who has learned and benefitted from Chinese medicine and I strive to empower other veterans to want the same feeling of great health." -Peter

Our Philosophy

We utilize the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is rooted in the philosophy of yin & yang and the five elements. Yin is the structure of the body including bones, muscles, connective tissue, body fluid, and blood. Yang is the physiological phenomena in the body which you don’t have to think about: digesting, blinking, yawning, pumping the heart muscle.


Licensed acupuncturists (that's us!) look at each patient as a whole and will base our treatment on tongue and pulse diagnosis as well as a full health history and evaluation. We gather and analyze information to determine the balance of the bodies yin (structure) and yang (function) and know that while two people can have the same Western medicine diagnosis yet have two different diagnoses in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is our aim to provide you with the most individualized care plan possible. 

After our assessment, we place needles in points along your meridians based on presentation and pathology. It is common to have needles in your head, arms, hands, legs or feet. The sensations you may feel range from nothing, to a zing of energy, a pinch, or gripping/tightening sensation around the needle. That zing of energy is called De Qi and it’s like hitting the jackpot! 


We are always willing to adjust the needles to ease any discomfort! No treatment should be so uncomfortable that you can’t relax.

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"I met Pete in a networking group where Pete and I bonded over our Navy experience. Pete was a Navy Corpsman and did trauma triage. Now Pete practices Eastern Medicine. I have been battling chronic foot pain for over 25 years. After my first session with Pete I am feeling better, but intend to continue with acupuncture and other Eastern Medicine methods until I can return to full energy levels. Pete and Prickly Pear are a great arrow in your health care quiver. Pete even makes house calls. I highly recommend giving Eastern Medicine a try and recommend Prickly Pear."

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