Sam Del Vecchio
Sam Del Vecchio received a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University and initially became interested in alternative healing while studying massage and yoga in Japan, Thailand, and India. He attended the Daoist Traditions College of Medical Arts and has been a licensed practicing acupuncturist since 2008.
Lucia Del Vecchio, Sam’s sister, had struggled with food allergies since childhood, and her diet became extremely limited to the point where eating was a daily challenge. She discovered Advanced Allergy Therapeutics through an online forum for people who are allergic to corn, and received her first treatment in the winter of 2008. The incredible results from AAT sparked Sam’s interest in the new modality, and after extensive research and discussion with Lucia about expanding his practice to include this new treatment, Sam was trained and licensed in AAT.
Lucia and Sam went on to open The Del Vecchio Clinic and bring acupuncture and AAT to the Asheville community. Lucia brought years of office management experience to the clinic, and Sam continues to be well known for his kind, sensitive demeanor as a practitioner of acupuncture. Over the years the clinic has attracted an ever growing number of allergy patients, often from other states and occasionally from outside the country. In 2014 the clinic was renamed Alternative Allergy Solutions, to reflect its focus on AAT. The mission of Alternative Allergy Solutions is to provide comprehensive acupuncture and allergy treatment for a wide variety of symptoms and conditions in a supportive and gentle environment, and enable the patient to take control over their mental, emotional, and physical health.
More recently, Sam has been developing skills in the treatment of trauma and complex PTSD, beginning with intensive self study in 2015 and then through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute since 2016. In the fall of 2018 he completed the process of becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). This new focus has enabled him to offer Trauma Informed Acupuncture, as well as Somatic Experiencing sessions.