About

Helping people restore, maintain, and optimize health, promote wellness and longevity, and live more meaningful, and authentic lives. 

SPOKE TO MY HEART  ━━━

Why the Daoist healing and wellness arts?

I’ve dreamed of being a doctor since I was a kid. The ability to help people heal, overcome suffering, and live better lives is what heroes are made of. 

But by the time I was ready to make a decision about what kind of medicine to study, or where, I had come to the realization that the medicine I grew up with did little more than suppress symptoms, and put money in the coffers of drug companies. The idea that there might be some greater issue underlying the illnesses people were experiencing was given little thought.

Yes, bio-medicine excelled at dealing with acute trauma and environmentally contracted disease, but the concepts of integration and holism seemed of little value. The specialties that seemed to make the most effort to get at underlying causes were in the areas of psychology and mental health. But even those were only addressing part of any given client’s problem.

Intuitively, and rather unconsciously, I came to the conclusion that Western medicine’s reductionist, mechanical approach was flawed. I sensed a connected-ness within, and between, each of us that bio-medicine just didn’t seem capable of recognizing.

Then I was introduced to Chinese medicine. I immediately resonated with its view that all aspects of being – body, mind, and spirit – are interconnected and interdependent, as well as the premise that a primary driver of disease could be found within us, in our behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations. 

And because Chinese medicine is rooted in the ancient theories and practices of Daoist philosophy, it’s ultimately about the rediscovery of our authentic self. This medicine spoke to my heart. It has become my passion. Do I feel like a hero? No, not really. But I do feel as if I found myself on a hero’s journey.

SPOKE TO MY HEART  ━━━

Why the Daoist healing and wellness arts?

I’ve dreamed of being a doctor since I was a kid. The ability to help people heal, overcome suffering, and live better lives is what heroes are made of. 

But by the time I was ready to make a decision about what kind of medicine to study, or where, I had come to the realization that the medicine I grew up with did little more than suppress symptoms, and put money in the coffers of drug companies. The idea that there might be some greater issue underlying the illnesses people were experiencing was given little thought.

Yes, bio-medicine excelled at dealing with acute trauma and environmentally contracted disease, but the concepts of integration and holism seemed of little value. The specialties that seemed to make the most effort to get at underlying causes were in the areas of psychology and mental health. But even those were only addressing part of any given client’s problem.

Intuitively, and rather unconsciously, I came to the conclusion that Western medicine’s reductionist, mechanical approach was flawed. I sensed a connected-ness within, and between, each of us that bio-medicine just didn’t seem capable of recognizing.

Then I was introduced to Chinese medicine. I immediately resonated with its view that all aspects of being – body, mind, and spirit – are interconnected and interdependent, as well as the premise that a primary driver of disease could be found within us, in our behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations. 

And because Chinese medicine is rooted in the ancient theories and practices of Daoist philosophy, it’s ultimately about the rediscovery of our authentic self. This medicine spoke to my heart. It has become my passion. Do I feel like a hero? No, not really. But I do feel as if I found myself on a hero’s journey.

IN THE CLINIC  ━━━

Clinical Practice

L.Ac. stands for Licensed Acupuncturist. It’s a professional designation conferred by the State of California after passing its grueling licensing exam.

As an acupuncturist, I consider myself a general practitioner. I have experience treating a broad spectrum of issues – from the physical, to the psycho-emotional, even into the realms of the spiritual. However, I have particular interest and experience with chronic illness, women’s reproductive health issues, and psycho-emotional problems.

I’m particularly interested in the relationships between our mental-emotional and spiritual states, and the development of physical illness. How has our past, including experiences in childhood, set the stage for the problems we’re struggling with now? Even Western medicine has recognized that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations and behaviors can make us sick.

Licensing:

  • California Acupuncture Board, 2005. License #: AC10854.
  • Maryland State Board of Acupuncture, 2006. License #: U01489. Expired.

Education & Training

I received my Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine (M.T.O.M.) degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. One of the top-ranked and oldest acupuncture schools in the U.S., Emperor’s is home to a fully accredited, four-year Master’s degree program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It’s located in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, California. I completed my degree in the spring of 2005, passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam six months later, and have been in practice ever since.

Per California standards, the core of my training is in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). However, I realized early in my studies that I was attracted to the older, classical literature-based teachings known as Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). CCM is a broader, more patient-empowering approach than the more modernized TCM system.

Education:

  • Master’s Degree: Traditional Oriental Medicine. Emperor’s College, Los Angeles, California. 2005.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Electronic Media. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1995.

WORLD CLASS TRAINING  ━━━

Chinese medicine training in America.

Potential clients often ask whether the training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine offered in America is comparable to that of China. The short answer is yes, it is. And it has been since the early 1980s. Following is a quick primer on the state of Chinese medicine education offered in the U.S. 

America is home to over 60 fully-accredited acupuncture and Chinese medicine training institutions. In California, as with most of the country, the study of Chinese medicine is at the Master’s degree level. Programs require four years of study, and include a minimum of 2000 hours of classroom study, and 1000 hours of supervised, hands-on clinical training.

With the most stringent standards for training, California programs are modeled after the elite schools in China. But most go a step further by integrating material from the many different areas where Chinese medicine has evolved, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, even Southeast Asia. 

California is also the only state that requires students to master all aspects of Chinese medicine. These include the foundational principles upon which the entire system is based, as well as specific theories and techniques of acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, nutrition, and exercise. Fully one-third of the classes are dedicated to the study of Western medicine.