Years ago, my positive experiences as a patient of acupuncture inspired in me a belief that health care could be about so much more than the disparity, inefficiency and alienation rife in the modern medical environment. A co-worker had recommended acupuncture to me; I went and quickly had success with chronic back pain, skin problems, and fatigue. Working on a profound level, acupuncture also helped me to feel clearer about my path and more in tune with my environment. Here was a practical, safe and inexpensive medicine that dealt with the whole person. Clearly it had endured through the ages because it worked. Soon I knew I wanted to study it on the deepest possible level.
Background and skills
My journey in Eastern medicine began over ten years ago. I come out of
one of the top acupuncture-only graduate programs in the country,
Tristate College of Acupuncture. During the intensive three-year
clinical Masters of Science program, I studied classical Chinese
acupuncture, modern myofascial trigger-point release, and my current
specialty, Japanese acupuncture. I also studied extremely useful
adjunct therapies such as Tuina, Qi Gong, Cupping, Gua sha (cutaneous
friction-massage), and nutrition.
My training included hundreds of hours of grand rounds with
acupuncture masters, a month at an acupuncture university in Beijing,
China, a year of internship in a Manhattan community clinic, and
extensive experience treating trauma and pain in the Brooklyn martial
arts community. Before arriving in Bucks County, I ran a busy
acupuncture clinic down under the Brooklyn Bridge. In 2009 I moved
Bridge Acupuncture to Doylestown, PA and have been serving patients
here ever since.
While I've been fortunate to have a number of wonderful teachers, the
world-recognized acupuncture master Kiiko Matsumoto is my greatest influence. I have spent
hundreds of hours in observation and direct apprenticeship with Kiiko,
and have had the privilege of helping her organize two international
acupuncture seminars in Osaka, Japan. I find her energy, spirit, and
profound clinical genius to be a true inspiration.
I'm constantly honing my skills as I strive to offer the best possible
care. This includes observation of acupuncture masters at work, as
well as study of key texts, practical nutrition and body awareness. I
typically attend at least 5 or 6 continuing education seminars a year
in addition to my apprenticeship under Master Kiiko Matsumoto. To me,
being an acupuncturist means lifelong learning-- it is truly a
For over a decade, I have dedicated myself to rigorous
self-cultivation practices including Zen meditation, Qi Gong (Chinese
breath cultivation exercises), and the martial art of Aikido. I seek
to apply principles from these studies in my practice of acupuncture
and my personal ethics.