Aimée Centivany MPH, M.Ac, L.Ac specializes in Five Element Acupuncture, Vibrational Acupressure and Bodywork, and she leads healing retreats along the Mediterranean coast in the south of France. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Aimée enjoyed a rich and varied career as a midwife and international health advisor.She attended deliveries as a homebirth midwife in Ann Arbor, Michigan and served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. She has advised and managed public health programs in the United States, West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Aimée holds a Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Development from Tulane University, a Master of Acupuncture degree from Maryland University of Integrated Health and an Acupressure Certification from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California. She maintains a current acupuncture license in Maryland (USA). Aimée has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Europe and is fluent in English and French.
Aimée began her career as a midwife attending home births in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Anthropology at Michigan State University. After several years practicing with New Moon Midwifery and the Garden of Life Birth Center, she became interested in exploring natural childbirth and midwifery practices outside a western medical context.
In 1998, Aimée joined the Peace Corps and spent the next 3 ½ years living in Kanoroba, a traditional Senoufo village in the remote regions of northern Cote d’Ivoire. Her experiences living with indigenous, tribal people greatly expanded her understanding of health and healing, the profound importance of living in close connection with the natural world, the role of ritual and the arts in traditional healing practices, and the nature of Five Element energetics, as discussed in Malidoma Somé’s The Healing Wisdom of Africa. During this time, Aimée worked with her community to develop clean water sources, prevent malaria and HIV infection, and support local artists and craftsmen in finding new markets for their products.
Eager to continue living and working overseas, Aimée returned to the United States in 2001 to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in International Health and Development at Tulane University. Upon completing her Master’s degree, Aimée advised reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Rwanda with Population Services International (PSI) and in Cambodia with the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC).
In 2006, Aimée returned to the United States to rediscover her roots as a midwife and healer. In 2007, she began studying Five Element Acupuncture at Maryland University of Integrated Health (formerly the Tai Sophia Institute). During her acupuncture training, Aimée worked with American Indians and Alaska Natives at the National Indian Health Board to develop tribal public health programs and services throughout the United States. In 2010, Aimée completed her Master of Acupuncture degree and holds an active acupuncture license in Maryland (USA).
Aimée currently lives in Narbonne, a town along the Mediterranean coast in the south of France. She has an active Five Element Acupuncture and Bodywork practice at Centre de Bien Naître et Bien Etre, a natural birth and wellness center, where she works alongside French midwives and other holistic health practitioners. She spends time with Debra Kaatz author of Characters of Wisdom and attends Five Element retreats with her in the Cevennes. She conducts Five Element Art workshops with local artists and leads personalized, intensive healing retreats in the south of France. In addition to her acupuncture practice, she enjoys spending time out in nature, hiking in the Pyrenees and exploring the marshy coastline near Bages and Peyriac de Mer, swimming in the river near Lagrasse, and enjoying the wild landscapes of the Cevennes.