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2016 Recipient of The Bind Each Other's Wounds Scholarship

By Cecily Martin

The Bind Each Other’s Wounds scholarship was founded in honor of Monsignor Jerome Martinez Y Alire, a longtime treasure of the Santa Fe community. In 2012 Southwest Acupuncture College established a living legacy award in thanksgiving and emulation of his compassion and care for the sick and the afflicted of New Mexico in hospitals, hospices, homes, and hearts. The College donates a four-year, full-tuition scholarship annually in his name to a parishioner in the Santa Fe Deanery. Each scholarship is worth over $70,000.00 and prepares each recipient to become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico or a licensed acupuncturist in other states.

This year’s recipient, Josefina “Bri” Brianna Isaacson, is the fourth Southwest Acupuncture College student to receive this honor. Bri was raised Catholic in New Mexico and majored in Biology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before moving to Santa Fe to study acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Here in Santa Fe, she is a parishioner of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Bri received her first acupuncture treatment at age fourteen after being diagnosed with a somewhat rare nervous system disease. Her experience of integrated healing of body, mind, and spirit was life changing, and she decided to become an acupuncturist.

Bri describes the connection between her studies and her, “It is my experience of this treatment that has driven me to pursue this as not only a career but a passion: a passion to help those who have been turned away, a passion to treat not the symptoms or disease that a person has been labeled with, but rather treat the individual. It is my dream to provide quality care to all those in need regardless of social class or financial stability.” Everyone at the College is delighted to have Bri as a member of our community.

This scholarship is administered by Southwest Acupuncture College in coordination with the Pastoral Council of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Bind Each Other’s Wounds, The Monsignor Jerome Martinez y Alire Living Legacy Award, will assist in the promotion of compassionate, effective, quality community health and well-being that honors the whole person body, mind and spirit, a hallmark of Oriental and Catholic medical care.

The Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree at Southwest Acupuncture College is an accredited four-year graduate program in the study of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Applications must be for admission to the Santa Fe campus and be received prior to July 1st. Full information on the course of study, catalog, and program application is available online at or by contacting the Admissions & Alumni Director at: admissions[at]acupuncturecollege[dot]edu.