Education & Training
- Master of Science Traditional Oriental Medicine
- Diplomat in Acupuncture
- Licensed Acupuncturist – Utah DOPL
- Chinese Herbalist
- Holistic Health Practitioner
- Oriental Body Therapist – Tui Na
- Certified Massage Therapist
- Postural Analysis Specialist – Egoscue Method
- Medical Qigong
- Bachelor of Science – University of Utah
I attended graduate school at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego, CA) where I earned a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. I am trained, certified, and licensed to practice:
Personal Experience with Oriental Medicine
My first experience with Oriental Medicine occurred in the 1990s when I developed severe allergies and asthma. Western medicine offered options I considered inadequate. As I looked for alternatives I was introduced to Chinese Herbal Medicine which provided both short term relief and long term solutions. Today my health, energy and vitality have been restored. I continue to take herbs, receive acupuncture, exercise, practice qigong regularly and eat well to maintain and improve my own health.
Personal & Professional History
Being raised in a military family I have traveled quite a bit. Born in California and spent most of my childhood in LA and Orange County Beach Cities. I was active in athletics and played in the ocean year round.
I also spent several summers working, playing and spending time in nature on a family farm/ranch in western Oregon. I explored and learned about nature in and around the temperate rain forests of Willamette National Forest. I learned about work, responsibility, family, and developed a passion for life, nature, fitness and natural health, mostly in the shadow of my Grand Parents.
I joined the US Navy when I was just 18 and served 5 years active duty and 6 years in the active reserve. I worked in Propulsion Engineering, Security, as a Firefighter, and Damage Control Specialist for 5 years. I was honorably discharged from active duty in 1981 and immediately served a 2-year lds mission until I was honorably released. It was during my early twenties that I began to study herbs and Holistic Medicine.
After my mission, I returned to the family farm until 1983 when I moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah. While attending the U of U. I studied Communications, Psychology, and Business and worked in the Biology Department and at the VA hospital. This is when I developed a love for Utah’s incredible outdoors. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987.
I spent the next 15 years working in Corporate America. During these years I lost some of my perspective, my life drifted out of balance a little at a time my health. My fitness and overall wellness diminished. I exercised erratically, ate poorly, gained weight, lost touch with my purpose and passions for health, healing, and personal progression. I eventually regained my vision and direction in life.
Chinese Medicine Experience
In 2002 I moved to San Diego and began my graduate study in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine . I was taught, trained, and educated by a group of the most gifted, compassionate, and caring healers and educators assembled anywhere. PCOM has earned international recognition for it’s high standards and for effectively integrating Oriental and conventional Western medicines into a cooperative system of Health Care. Today, many PCOM graduates are highly sought after to work in Hospitals, Clinics, and Health Centers. I prefer taking ample time with each patient to understand all of the variable that may impact a life, from events to diet, lifestyle, and exercise. I do my best to consider as many variable as possible that may impact a person’s health.
As an Intern, I completed rotations at San Diego Hospice and Center for Palliative Care, multiple Community Outreach Acupuncture Clinics and organizations like “Veteran’s Stand Down – San Diego” where I was proud to serve many of the forgotten heroes who have served US.
I also enjoyed working with collegiate athletes at UC San Diego Athletics Department. I worked with, and supported the efforts of the Athletic Trainers, Student Trainers and PTs for the benefit of collegiate athletes.
During 3 of the 5 years I spent in San Diego I worked at AcuSport Health Center in San Diego, CA where I was able to specialize in Orthopedics, Pain Management, and Sports Medicine Acupuncture. We combined multiple acupuncture styles & techniques, with Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, Exercise Therapy, Postural Analysis and remediation, etc, to support amateur and professional athletes in their efforts to speed recovery from injuries, and optimize personal performance. I love working with athletes because of their level of focus, motivation, and commitment to their sport and the healing process when necessary.
In 2007 I returned to Utah to continue learning and began to share this amazing medicine with the good people of Utah, and focus on regaining my own balance, happiness and health. I am passionate about this medicine and the impact it can have on a motivated soul like mine. I am deeply gratified by the changes I regularly witness in patients’ lives.
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