My Story - Why I Became An Acupuncturist
- NCCA-Board Certified (National Council on Certification of Acupuncture)
- New York State Licensed
- Memberships with National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the Acupuncture Society of New York
- New England School of Acupuncture (1997-2000): Master’s of Acupuncture, Diplomate in Acupuncture
- Georgia State University (1979-81): M.B.A.
- University of Pennsylvania (1969-1973): B.A., American Civilization
Post-Graduate Studies in Oriental Medicine
- Hari (156-hr, in-depth Japanese style, focused on non-insertion needle techniques), 1998-99
- Miki Shima (M.D./Acupuncturist who focuses on ‘divergent channel’ meridian techniques to manage internal and auto-immune problems), 2002-2004
- Matt Callison Sports Medicine (combining meridian therapy with Western anatomy and trigger-point therapy for muscular-skeletal problems), 2002-2004
- Kiiko Matsumoto 5-Weekend Series (Nationally known practitioner and author who provides essential connections between traditional meridian therapy and Western physiology), 2005
Post-Graduate Studies in Related Disciplines
- Frequency Specific Microcurrent (Basic, Advanced, Sports-medicine Applications, International Symposium), 2004-05
- Zero Balance (Basic Course, I and II: the first two courses of a 5-course series that teaches a subtle, gentle and profound method of releasing long-held tension) 2003
- BioSET ( treating and eliminating allergies and food/environmental sensitivities - A series of several courses over 2 years) 2001-2003
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My Story… Why I Became an Acupuncturist
Before I became an acupuncturist, I was a patient, and maybe my story is similar to yours. In 1995-96 I had experienced a kind of extreme exhaustion that had lasted almost a year. There was not enough coffee in the office to keep me alert at work; I lived to sleep.
Western medicine did not have an explanation, nor a diagnosis, and it did not have a cure. In desperation I explored the world of ‘miracle supplements’ and power foods, which were all foreign to me. I tried some of these, with dismal results.
And when a friend suggested Acupuncture I just shrugged and said, ‘no thanks’… maybe it worked for some (gullible) people, but it didn’t make a lot of sense to me, and it looked like it would be painful, and I wondered if it could make things even worse. However, because I really respected this friend’s opinions and because I had run out of other options, I tried it.
Over five treatments, very little changed. Sure, each treatment was a surprisingly relaxing experience, and I seemed to feel a little better, less anxious about my situation, but my terrible fatigue didn’t retreat at all. Until the sixth treatment: about 1 day later it was as if the clouds parted and the sun came out, and I had all the energy I had missed for so long.
The process of reclaiming my health completely took several more visits, as well as some lifestyle changes. But I enjoy the benefits of that initial series of Acupuncture treatments to this day, nine years later.
Ultimately, I was so intrigued by this mystery- how several hair-thin pins strategically placed over my arms and legs and torso tapped into and released an energy that I thought was lost for good - that it led me to a mid-life career change and I studied the medicine, itself.
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