For choosing a proper acupuncturist or a doctor in Chinese/Oriental medicine(CMD or OMD), we could consider a few conditions:
1. How complicate your illness or disorder?
if you have a common problem, such as a low back pain, you could look for any licensed acupuncturist, certified acupuncturist who has MD, DO, or DC license. If your condition is a complicated or you want to look for a “good” / “Top” acupuncturist, or doctor in Chinese medicine, you may search online, ask other people’s opinion, and then compare more provider candidates carefully.
2. What specialty or experience you want he/she has?
Your condition may be complicated, you think you should see a specialist; but you also need to consider your condition belongs to which specialty. For example, if you have infertility issue, you need to see a CMD/OMD who has special training for fertility treatment in Chinese Medicine, instead to see any an acupuncturist or a MD who has less training in Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), esp. TCM gynecology. If you have a neurological issue, just call the providers and see who has both Chinese medicine and neurology backgrounds. TCM has many specialties, instead of acupuncture only.
3. How much you want to spend?
A good doctor/specialist may charge you more, but maybe more effective than others. If you have insurance coverage for acupuncture, it is helpful.
4. How many services will the provider provide?
Some of acupuncturist only provide acupuncture only, some may provide more. For example, if you see a CMD who provides acupuncture, electricity therapy, cupping, tuina, even herbal therapies, the price just higher a little bit than others who only provide acupuncture, you will get more benefits and could see the effectiveness earlier-absolutely the comprehensive therapies are better.
5. How far you see him/her?
If you have a common problem, just need to see an acupuncturist nearby.