Bio

Biography

Introduction

It is my passion to help others find health on all levels.  As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and on staff as a supplement/health consultant in retail environments, I gained much knowledge about physical health.  As an individual who has had to deal with my own health problems, as well as those of my wife, I have gained compassion for the difficulty one may have in finding the right kind of information and help navigating those problems.  From a dedicated 40 year meditation practice I have gained wisdom and patience in helping others on their path to full wellness.

I believe most of us can thrive well into aging given proper time and attention to caring for ourselves.  I have done enough psychotherapy and inner work to be familiar with many of the things we allow to get in our way of enjoying living in these bodies and leading a fulfilling life.  Working with people who are ready to make some changes to be able to live fully, is deeply rewarding.

Since my teenage years I have been fascinated by and experimented with what it takes to be healthy and regain health when injury or disease has interfered.  I began with dietary experiments to help my competitive wrestling during high school starting in 1965 and have continued on to my most recent, successful dietary adventures to correct my metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes.  Along the way I have treated myself with herbs for many conditions, both mild and rather severe with varying degrees of success as well as radically changing my diet several times as my condition and understanding changed.

Knowledge of my physical structure through practitioner classes, martial arts and experimentation has taught me a great deal about the various types of bodies and their needs in getting well and increasing vital energy

I have been severely ill with Lyme disease as well as having had two knee surgeries (snowboarding fun), and as mentioned above, had health threatening metabolic issues.  Also, my wife (who is what could be called a “highly sensitive person”) has been ill with Lyme, Hepatitis C, mold issues, IBS, chronic digestive problems and hormonal challenges.  Working my way out of my difficulties and helping my wife through her own, has been an amazing learning journey. I have learned much.  I have gained a great deal of intellectual knowledge of treatment options but also, and to me even more importantly, I have gained compassion and insight into what it takes to change diet and lifestyle in the service of a healthier and fuller life.  I have also come to realize that if you are a highly sensitive person you do not have to be doomed to lifelong problems that keep you from life itself.

Education

I received my B.S./pre-med in biology from UC Santa Cruz in 1972.

I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and became a practitioner in 1988.

During college I discovered meditation and became deeply involved in Transcendental Meditation. I also began exploring different types of meditation and other spiritual development practices.

In 2003-4 I took training in Classical 5 Element Acupuncture, a somewhat different approach to Chinese medicine.

Experience

I have gratefully learned much from my wonderful patients, and the clients who sought me out at the integral pharmacy where I worked for 3 years.  And a great deal of what I know has been self-taught, from reading and performing experiments on myself.

Treating my patients, my wife, and myself has taught me compassion, patience, and much of practical value in preventing and correcting many physical and mental/emotional imbalances

Over 40 years of dedicated meditation practice as well as extended (9 month, 4 month and many shorter) retreat/trainings have taught me about the value of silence as well as how shown me how far I still have to go.

Surfing, snowboarding, martial arts, trail running, as well as injuries and illnesses have taught me much about the body’s great resiliency as well as its potential vulnerability.

Having lived in 5 states, traveled to many others, as well as international travel (Italy and India) has taught me how much people are the same underneath all their differences.

Other

I am a dedicated life long learner and researcher on health issues, which leads those who know me personally to call me for advice on a regular basis.  This had led me to coaching as a way to reach many people I would not be able to help simply through treating with Chinese Medicine.

I believe attitude is an important factor in healing and maintaining wellness.  Self-compassion and gratitude are two practices that have helped me a great deal in my own life.  I do not believe we need to keep “improving” ourselves, but rather to simply clear out what is in the way of full aliveness!

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