About Our Staff - Karmabridge Acupuncture & Herbals, P.C. - Hackettstown, NJ Karmabridge Acupuncture and Herbals, P.C.

About Our Staff

"Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is love of humanity."
- Hippocrates

Ruth A. Karmazon Meet the Director and Acupuncturist
Ruth A. Karmazon, MS, L.Ac.

Ruth is licensed to practice acupuncture in both New York and New Jersey. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Acupuncture from New York's Classical Acupuncture School, The Swedish Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Dance, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Ruth's family practice focuses on treating individuals while encompassing all facets of Chinese Medicine, including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet & nutrition, movement and lifestyle adaptation. Ruth works easily with children and adults and her purpose is to provide "healthcare that cares" to all members of our communities. Her expertise in Chinese Medicine is shaped by additional study in pediatrics, women's health, gastrointestinal health, cancer care, pain relief and mental health, enriching the quality of care given at the center.

Ruth began studying aboriginal medicine and traditions in 1988. By learning ancient aboriginal techniques of survival, she not only learned to live entirely off of the land, she learned the unparalleled power of herbal medicine. She has a background in herbal medicine from several traditions: Native American, Chinese, Wise Woman and European/Western. It was her experience with these ancient traditions combined with ill health that led Ruth to seek out the study of Chinese Medicine.

Ruth has a background as a dancer, competitive runner, rock climber and mountaineer. She is an avid rock and ice climber, hiker and cyclist. She practices yoga and is cultivating her Tai Chi Quan and Qi Gong practices. She enjoys public speaking, Oriental Medicine advocacy, developing workshops around movement and medicine and spending time with her family.

Community Outreach
Ruth enjoys reaching out to the community via speaking engagements, charity events, conducting workshops, and providing educational movies and instruction. If you have a favorite charity, group, organization or religion whose members would benefit from Ruth's wisdom, knowledge and training, please let our office know and we will schedule an informative speaking engagement.

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Massage Therapists
Kevin Truszkowski, Massage Therapist
Kevin came to Karmabridge after Ruth received massage therapy from him while rehabilitating from a motorcycle accident. During the massage, she realized Kevin has the gift of listening to the client, seeing the body and interpreting where the body is failing to support the client. "It's as if he is listening to the body with his eyes and seeing the body with his hands, if you can imagine that." "It seems that Kevin understands the interconnectedness of each sinew, tendon, muscle and bone and makes it his business to reignite the body's wisdom to do what it is supposed to do, go where it's supposed to go and STOP HURTING along the way." Kevin assesses the body from a place of functionality. His initial assessment helps determine what focused work the body needs. He then begins to speak to the body with his hands to realign and soothe the communication pathways. In this way, the body connects with a therapeutic message enabling the client to feel better while healing and hastens the client's return to normal daily activities.

When Kevin was four years old, he was learning to ride his bicycle without training wheels. As the learning process goes, he fell quite often. His sister told him to rub the hurt areas until the pain went away. The rest is history!

Building on his childhood lesson, Kevin attended massage school at Health Options Institute in January of 2000. He completed the five hundred hour course in 2002 but stayed at school as an instructor until 2005. To date, Kevin has performed over seven thousand hours of massage therapy.

Kevin's goal for a massage therapy session is for his patients to become as pain free as possible. During a massage therapy session with Kevin, you can expect to learn why you feel like you do, and what you can do about it on your own. You will also have your posture assessed and your range of motion may be checked for troubled areas. Your massage will consist of gentle but effective massage modalities. After the massage, you will feel that you have more range of motion and fewer aches and pains. Some people say that they feel lighter, and others who have had pain for over thirty years say that their aches and pains have finally been addressed and they are now feeling great. Kevin strives to make you feel this way too.

If you are hurting, do yourself a favor and find out how Kevin can help. Book a therapeutic massage today!

"I felt that it was more like diagnosis and therapy than a massage. I feel great and am scheduling a few more sessions!" SK - Great Meadows


Nutritionist
Kate M. Butler, MA, MS, C.N.S.
Kate Butler is a practicing Clinical Nutritionist. She has been practicing for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of the Human Nutrition Master's degree program from the University of Bridgeport and a Certified Nutrition Specialist through the American College of Nutrition. Kate is passionate about nutrition. She teaches clients how to assist the body's natural ability to repair and restore function by correcting the diet, recommending supplements, exercise and life style modification.

As a Clinical Nutritionist, Ms. Butler does not treat diseases, but rather supports the body's metabolic functions through the use of optimal nutrition and repletion of essential nutrients. Typically, medical histories, current blood chemistries, bioimpedance analysis and other laboratory tests are used to individually assess each client's health status. Kate has significant experience treating diverse health issues and works in conjunction with a variety of healthcare providers, i.e.; Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Dentists, Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Addiction Counselors.

Each year Kate exceeds the American College of Nutrition continuing education requirements for Nutritionists by attending numerous lectures and courses on the latest research in Nutrition and Functional Medicine: Bone Health, Digestive Health, Heart Health, Diabetes and Hypertension Prevention, Metabolic Syndrome, Reducing Hyperlipidemia naturally, Weight Correction as well as the efficacy of herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceutical grade nutraceutical therapies. Additionally, Kate holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Montclair State University where she received special training working with clients recovering from addictions and eating disorders.

As a marathon runner and biking enthusiast, Kate knows first hand the difference nutritional support can make to athletic performance. Utilizing a bioimpedance analyzer, Kate measures muscle mass and body fat composition to help determine caloric requirements and which nutraceuticals will best augment physiologic functions. Results oriented weight loss protocols are similarly designed by Kate for comfort and guaranteed success.

Kate Butler is delighted to join forces with the healing arts practitioners of Karmabridge. She looks forward to meeting and providing nutrition services to the Hackettstown area residents and educating the community about optimizing nutritional health in informal discussion groups and speaking at local events and businesses.