Many years before getting involved in acupuncture, I became familiar with Eastern ways through the study of Yoga. Soon after, I got involved in martial arts, including karate, judo, and tae kwon do. Years later, I found my first tai chi teacher, and my study of this ancient art included several years of work with Fu Tang tai chi, an ancient form that teaches one to move energy along meridians and to energize acupuncture points. This proved something I had suspected; that martial arts in their highest forms are also healing arts.
The master who first exposed me to Fu Tang also opened the doorway to acupuncture for me. After working with him and learning about the meridians and points. It was a natural step to study acupuncture in earnest.
I attended the Tri-State Institute for Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, graduating with a masters-level diploma in acupuncture in 1991. I was invited to join the faculty during my internship year, and did so upon graduating, remaining on the clinical faculty for six years, through 1997.
In 1992, I began the study of Toyo Hari, an esoteric Japanese system of acupuncture practiced in Japan almost exclusively by blind people. This intensive course concluded in 1994, and was followed by several weeks of clinical rounds over the next two years with groups of master from Japan.
In 1999, the NY State Board of Regents recognized acupuncture training formally, and I completed a program at Tri-State that awarded the dual degree of Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master of Science in Acupuncture.
Since 1994, I have been recognized as an Acupuncture Detoxification Therapist (ADT) following training at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.
In 1997, I trained at St Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center (SPARC) to become recognized as a Registered Trainer for Acupuncture Detoxification Therapists.
Since that time, I have been the Supervisor and Trainer for Detox Acupuncture services for SPARC, in Guilderland and Albany. I also provided these services for Hudson River Psychiatric Hospital’s day program, and for Ulster County Mental Health Department’s Chemical Dependency Day Treatment Program, both in Kingston.
In addition to these venues, from 1999-2007 I was the Staff Acupuncturist for the Saugerties Wellness Center, a cutting-edge complementary medical facility, and maintain a private practice in Woodstock.
I am on the Point Location Exam Development Committee for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
I am Board Certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM
I am also a professional member of the Acupuncture Society of New York.
Related Points of Interest and Study:
- Spent three years study at the Arica Institute, a school of mysticism and meditation, from 1973-77
- One year at a Ashram in India, studying many methods of meditation and a spiritual form of tai chi.
- Studied Brema, an ancestor of polarity therapy that originated in Afghanistan.
- Completed two levels of study of Cranio-sacral therapy.
- Certified to level two in Reiki.