A Happy Campus.

By drawing from ancient Eastern medicine and modern Western wellness modalities, we help students and faculty learn how to engage and balance the body’s own self-regulating mechanisms to mitigate the physiological effects of stress and anxiety. Higher wellness, for higher education.


Our Mission

To help college campuses decrease stress and anxiety by way of bringing highly engaging wellness programing directly to students. To this end, we offer safe, efficacious, and engaging events based on modern and time-honored evidence-based complimentary therapies.

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Acupuncture: an evidence-based therapy for stress and anxiety reduction.

In addition to biochemical actions such as the release of dopamine, endorphins and the infamous “love” chemical oxytocin, studies also demonstrate direct effects of acupuncture on the central nervous system. These include spinal reflex effects, where acupuncture stimulates muscle relaxation and changes in visceral organs. In the brain, acupuncture has been shown to change functional connectivity, decreasing activity in limbic structures associated with stress and illness while improving the regulation of the the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal axis - the “HPA axis” - the primary system that the body uses for regulating hormones and the physiological stress response. Moreover, acupuncture modulates parasympathetic activity, the branch of the nervous system associated with rest, relaxation, digestion and tissue healing.



Students and Anxiety

According to a 2018 report from the American College Health Association, more than 60 percent of college students said they had experienced “overwhelming anxiety” at some point in the past year.



Students and Stress

According to the American Institute of Stress, 8 in 10 college students say they have frequently experienced stress in their daily lives over the past three months.




According to the recent Healthy Minds Network study, in just one decade since 2017, students seeking on-campus counseling has risen from 18.7% in 2007 to 33.8%.



Dr. shamus Clancey, DACM, L.AC

Shamus has been practicing various aspects of Chinese medicine for over a decade. He is a recent graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine doctoral program. He is a graduate of the New York State Chiropractic College, and completed his Chinese herbal medicine training at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia, PA.

His interest in Chinese medicine was sparked at an early age when an acupuncture clinic opened up next door to his house. Thereafter, he began studying and practicing medical Qi Gong with 5th generation acupuncturist and medical qi gong practitioner, Grandmaster Tzu Kuo Shih, OMD, L.Ac. His circuital route from qi gong to acupuncture brought him through masonry, music production and performance, geography studies at SUNY Geneseo, and nearly a decade of organic farming.

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Dr. Jacki Fichtner, DACM,

Jacki Fichtner, L.Ac., is an honors graduate of Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Pacific College of AOM’s doctoral program . She received her bachelor of science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences/Speech Pathology from the University at Buffalo. While working at a group home for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, she returned to school to receive her Master of Science degree in Acupuncture. Jacki has developed a special interest in treating women's health issues including gynecology, pregnancy, post-partum, and menopause. She is in private practice at Living Yin Acupuncture alongside a group of independent practitioners who have come together to provide a more customized and holistic approach to wellness including Chiropractic care, Massage Therapy, and more


Hannah Costello | wellness EVENT COORDINATOR

Hannah is our Happy Campus wellness event specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications, and a passion for event planning and wellness. In addition to working with us here at Happy Campus, Hannah has her own event company, Life of the Party, and is a certified Health and Wellness Coach. She can answer any questions you might have about any of our programming. Feel free to reach out and drop her a line!

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Our Programming

The strategy of taking wellness directly to students is beginning to take hold on many modern campuses. To keep up with the continually rising epidemic of student stress and anxiety, many schools are turning to out-0f-the-box thinking to keep students engaged in wellness and self-care. While more students are reaching out for help, Leigh Stringer, a wellness-based architect and private and public university consultant states that, “often students with anxiety or depression won't seek out treatment, so college and university leaders are shifting their focus to bringing treatment and support directly to students."

This is where we can help.


Acupuncture has the remarkable ability to instantly produce a cascade of physiological responses in the body including the release of dopamine, endorphins and the infamous ‘love’ chemical - oxytocin. To do this, we use time-tested and pain-free acupuncture protocols that have helped people relax in many different venues, from spa retreats to NYS licensed rehabilitation facilities, from military bases to professional athletic departments.


Yoga for all students. We offer an all inclusive atmosphere with yoga for all levels. We use immersive light and sound to provide a unique experience that is enjoyable for advanced practitioners as well as students trying yoga for the very first time.


A healthy body results in a healthy mind. It’s difficult for students to find the time to make exercise and fitness a part of their regular routine, so we’ve developed Dorm Dojo which allows students to keep fit in one small room. A former gymnast, Dr. Jacki leads this event and draws from her experience in sports medicine, exercise physiology, athletic training, to provide an approachable, down-to-earth, realistic program to help students keep their bodies and minds fit and healthy.


Personalized sessions from the clinic. Students and faculty present at events will have access to an exclusive discount that can be used for hour long telewellness sessions with Dr. Shamus or Dr. Jacki directly from the clinic.


SPring semester, 2017

“One of the best events of the year! Wasn’t sure how students would respond to acupuncture, we couldn’t believe the student engagement.”

Carey Backman | Director of Student Activities and Leadership | Nazareth College


We’d love a chance to talk more and determine if our programming would be a good fit on your campus. You can feel free to drop us a line via email, give a call, or find a time that works with your schedule and book yourself in for a consult with Dr. Shamus straight from the clinic.

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