I first encountered acupuncture when I was almost 30 and quite ill. Conventional physicians were not helping and out of desperation, I asked friends for suggestions. Someone said "go see my acupuncturist." It seemed strange but I went and started getting better right away. When I noticed that not only was I feeling better physically, but a subtle emotional or spiritual tide was shifting as well, I was hooked.
A few years later I went to a lecture by J.R. Worsley, a little English guy with bushy eyebrows, enormous charisma and a vision of acupuncture that spoke of nature and the body, mind and spirit in a way that made profound sense to me and is still the foundation for my work.
I soon enrolled in the first class of The Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland.
TAI was the brainchild of Bob Duggan and Diane Connelly who were two of JR's earliest students.
Two years later, in 1983, I graduated wearing a corduroy suit, a trim beard and a most gratified smile. I joined with two classmates and opened a practice in the wilds of Allston, MA.
A year later, wanting to get out of a city and back to the kind of country where I grew up, I moved to Greenfield, Massachusetts where I was in private practice until 2015. From 1992 to 2002 I had a second practice in Pittsfield, MA. Then tired of the long commute, I passed that practice to a colleague and went to work at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, VT. Then, again wanting less drive time, in 2005 I left Sojourns to open a private practice in Brattleboro.
Then in 2015 I decided to move to Portland Oregon as a form of semi-retirement. I am enjoying milder winters, beautiful rest of the year and new nature to explore. I am currently living in Northeast Portland and spending lots of time outdoors and exploring the culinary splendor of this city.
In resume form, here's the facts:
- Certification, Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Columbia MD, 1983
- Master of Acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD, 1986
- Licentiate of Acupuncture, College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, England, 1984
- Bachelor degree in acupuncture, College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, England, 1987
- Herbal Certification from TAI course with Ted Kaptchuk, 1988
- Studied pulse diagnosis with Leon Hammer, smoking cessation with Jonathan Klate
- Eight Extra Meridians with Claude Larre and Peter Eckman
- Numerous patient rounds with Dr. J.R. Worsley
- Balance Method with Richard Tan
- Addictions treatment at the New England School of Acupuncture
- Several seminars with Nikki Bilton
- Jeffrey Yuen's "Light on Acupuncture" course
- Biomagnetic therapy, and other trainings
- My primary continuing education now is with the Worsley Institute with participation in MAPtm annual seminars and patient consults with Judy Worsley
Teaching includes TAI, senior faculty at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL, courses at Greenfield Community College, SUNY Albany, Springfield College. For several years, I also taught ongoing classes in Five Element work for non-acupuncturists.
Formal apprentice training: In 2003, I began a 4,000 hour apprenticeship training for 2 apprentices based in my office in Vermont. They are now in practice.
Currently, I am a senior member of the faculty of the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida. I have taught at AFEA and supervised interns in my office. I also did clinical supervision for the Institute for Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Louisville, Colorado.
Since moving to Portland I have taught and done clinical supervision at the National University for Natural Medicine.
I am a Diplomate in Acupuncture of the National Commission for the Certification of
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I am licensed by the medical boards
of Oregon and Massachusetts. My license in the Massachusetts includes