My own experience of dealing with chronic headaches first led me to discover acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. Simply put, it was the right treatment for my malady. This prompted me to move to Santa Fe, New Mexico and begin my studies at Southwest Acupuncture College; I completed them at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in 2006. Since that time, I have both maintained a private, acupuncture practice as well as worked as an acupuncturist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as part of an integrative clinic that treats chronic pain in children and adolescents.
Further learning opportunities under the tutelage of both Susan Johnson (Master Tung’s Acupuncture) and Richard Tan (Balance Method) exposed me to the ideas of distal point and community acupuncture treatments. And, the Community Acupuncture Model of treating multiple patients in the same room and charging each of them less to allow acupuncture to be received more frequently as the therapy that it is intended to be, immediately appealed to me. It opened up the possibility of acupuncture to more people all the while circumventing the insurance industry and our ailing healthcare system which seems inherently broken; services and beautiful buildings exist, but accessibility and affordability simply do not.
A ‘chance’ meeting with Sue Bowlus struck up an immediate friendship, and her contagious enthusiasm propelled us forward to explore the idea of bringing Community Acupuncture to Columbus, Ohio. A road trip (every good story has one) that involved a boat, to Detroit, Michigan with fellow acupuncturist Linda Chun joining us, solidified Urban Acupuncture into existence. And, as they say, the rest is history, baby.
When not placing needles in people, I enjoy life with my beautiful wife, Shenna, and our two daughters, Elyse and Brin. I try to culture-ize myself whenever possible: tomes, films, musac, happenings. Oh yeah, and, I was born to run… outside, nature does it all for me.
Thanks for joining our Community
We are excited to be a part of a growing network of community acupuncture clinics dedicated to serving our communities by providing professional, affordable acupuncture. UAC is the first clinic of its kind in Ohio. Our practice is modeled after acupuncture clinics in China, where patients are treated in a community setting.