Uptown Acupuncture


Uptown Acupuncture is your Yelp 5-Star rated go-to clinic for pain and stress solutions. Conveniently located in Hillcrest on University Avenue, our funky little clinic has been getting people better since 2004. We work with a wide range of people, from elite athletes to weekend warriors to people that sit in front of the computer way too long.


Kirk Pfeiffer M.S. LAc. cSMA is owner and head acupuncturist at Uptown Acupuncture. Kirk received his HHP massage certification in 1999. He became a licensed acupuncturist in 2002. Kirk completed the prestigious sports medicine acupuncture certification in 2013. Kirk loves to work in conjunction with MD’s to provide lasting pain relief to their patients.

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So if you have done your homework and you are ready to try acupuncture, congratulations! We use tiny needles that really should be called filaments, they are so thin. It does not hurt, it helps! To make an appointment or have us check your insurance coverage for Acupuncture for free, just hit the Get Started button.


Kirk Pfeiffer is the founder of Uptown Acupuncture (UA). His goal is to provide a place San Diegans can get out of pain: Mental, Spiritual, and of course, Physical pain. Nothing gets us at UA higher than alleviating suffering. Everyone is locked in some way when they are in pain. We pick that lock with our needles. We use tiny needles that really should be called filaments, they are so thin we need a plastic guide tube to get it through the skin, else it would just bend. They do not hurt.

When Kirk thinks about all the people out there who are still in pain and have not found relief, he realized that only by creating a place for them to go, will he be able to be of service. Hence, Uptown Acupuncture was born in 2004. Because Kirk works in 2 other clinics, treating primarily blue collar Hispanics who were injured on the job, he is only at Uptown Acupuncture Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Thursday afternoons. Because of his limited hours at UA, Kirk has carefully chosen associates with great talent. This insures that people can get the help they need.

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