About the Practitioner and the Student
It all started with the observation of how traumatic events and poverty deteriorated my family’s health, which prompted some sort of gut feeling within me about becoming a health care physician. I grew up with my native american family on a reservation in Southern California, USA, and then branched out to travel to remote villages in Europe, adventured to China and back, took up residency in Hangzhou, in Barcelona, in Hong Kong and then Barcelona again, making a pit-stop in India. These major life travels led me to very eye-opening, and sometimes painful, learning experiences.
The cascade of events in my life helped me to make one of the most impactful choices in my life, to live in China. The decision to live there was, in many ways, to embrace my learned skill of being a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. My introduction to China as a culture as well as a paradigm of science and medicine occured while studying at Five Branches University. There I had the grand opportunity of studying abroad in Hangzhou, China at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (ZJCMU) for three weeks. Three weeks of encountering amazing and talented Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors catalyzed my desire and action to move back to Hangzhou, for further study under the guidance of Dr. Feng Ninghan. I finished my masters degree and completed the licensure for acupuncture in the summer of 2010, packed my most precious belongings and officially became an expat. I also became an eager knowledge hungry student, again, but this time following the sweeping footsteps of one of my greatest teachers. To describe Dr. Feng Ninghan as a master is an understatement, as he is filled with history and family lineage that no other person I have encountered can duplicate. Through his lineage, the practice of BaGua 9 Palace theory; a practice of classical chinese medicine, has been kept alive and fruitful. I started this blog to highlight the learning experience during my journey as I studied and worked under Dr. Feng Ninhan in the hospitals of Hangzhou, China. The blog has evolved into a vibrant website which I hope will provide insight into the professional art of treating patients and helping them return to a harmonious state with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I dedicate this website to Dr. Feng Ninghan, my professors at Five Branches University, my parents, and to all those who are also inspired to learn a way of medicine that far exceeds the current occidental methods, a way of medicine that is a way of life.
“At the center of your being, you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want.” -Lao Tzu
Studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University (Hangzhou, China)
Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Five Branches University (Santa Cruz, California)
Bachelors of Science; Psychology – Capella University (Minneapolis, MN)
2014-Current Practioner of Chinese Medicine at Sea Turtle Wellness Center (Barcelona, Spain)
My duties as a practitioner of medicine include evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients using the science and tools of Chinese medicine. Treatments may include the following modalities: acupuncture, moxabustion, Chinese medicinal phytotherapy, Tuina therapy, Guasha therapy, Cupping therapy, Qigong prescriptions, diet and nutrition consultations.
2013-2014 & 2010-2011 Intern at Affiliate Hospitals of Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University (Hangzhou, China)
I assisted and learned from Dr. Feng Ninghan, practicing and understanding the details of treatment and management of patients suffering from chronic disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, insomnia, diabetes and post-stroke, among others. Under the supervision of Dr. Feng, I administered treatments using acupuncture, moxabustion and tuina.
2010 Internship at Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN) (Santa Cruz, California)
During my internship at MHCAN, I evaluated patients and discussed treatment plans with my clinic supervisor. My duties as an interned involved providing medical attention to patients suffering from mental health problems, while maintaining strict confidentiality of each case. Treatments consisted of the following modalities: acupuncture, moxabustion, cupping, tuina therapy, qigong and prescribing chinese medicinal formulas.
2010 Internship at Janus of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, California)
My work with patients at Janus Rehabilitation Center involved evaluating and managing cases, helping patients with secondary effects of substance abuse all within my scope of practice. All patients I treated received a detoxification treatment using acupuncture as well further treatments using acupuncture for specific health concerns.
2009 Externship at Affiliate Hospitals of Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University (Hangzhou, China)
The externship involved both the completion of hospital rounds as well the attendance of conferences. During the course of the externship, I visited various different hospital units, following several doctors as they attended their patients, and attended conferences hosted by the University.
Certifications and Skills
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I have completed and received adequate training and certifications as well I have developed the following abilities that are essential in providing healthcare services:
- Licensed Acupuncturist by the State of California Acupuncture Board
- Certificate in Clean Needle Technique by CCAOM
- Certificate in CPR & First Aide by American Red Cross
- Certified with National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
- Professional Member of la Fundación Europea de Medicina Tradicional China; Practitioner’s Register
- Professional Member of PEFOTS; Pan European Federation of TCM Societies