The State of Tennessee began licensing acupuncturists in 2003. Dr Judi Harrick co-authored this legislation and spearheaded the process.
To obtain an acupuncture licenses in Tennessee you have to have attended and an accredited (ACAOM) College of Oriental Medicine and taken National Board Exams (NCCAOM).
ACAOM approval insures a well rounded education of at least 3 years duration in both Chinese and Western medical theory including a minimum of 700 clinical hours. In addition, Dr. Judi is the only PHD-level practitioner in the Midsouth. She has close to 5000 hours of study which includes an internship at Lincoln hosp in NY city and internship Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
Most medical doctors and chiropractors who practice acupuncture have only 150-200 hours of total training. PT have literally a weekend class to do dry needling. While their western medical background may provide additional benefits, they are not versed in the subtleties of TCM.
Please feel free to ask about your prospective practitioners background and experience.
Finally, choose someone you feel comfortable with and who will answer your questions and willingly communicate expectations and feedback.