My First Introduction to WFEA
In the summer of 1980, during a T’ai Chi Apprentice Training, I was privileged to attend an experiential study of the Five Elements, taught by a practitioner who had studied with Prof. J.R. Worsley. Learning about how the elements functioned inside me and in nature opened my eyes to a new way of perceiving life, health, dis-ease, and dysfunction. My whole world changed! The beautiful way in which the Chinese viewed nature and the human condition (which is a microcosm of nature) made perfect sense to me. It was as if somehow I already knew this inside, and it was simply re-awakened. I immediately began receiving acupuncture treatment. My experience of it was so powerful and the results so impressive that I decided to pursue a career in the field. My own healing process as a patient was so inspiring that there was no question in my mind that I wanted to make it my life's work. I feel as passionate about this medicine now, if not more so, as I did when I was first introduced to it 30 years ago!
My Experience in Treating Patients
Having practiced this beautiful system of medicine for over 23 years, I have witnessed some amazing results in the treatment room. When Western medicine and other healing modalities could not successfully treat an ailment, this form of acupuncture has restored people to full health and continues to do so. I have seen many people with a variety of disorders such as chronic bronchitis, insomnia, back pain, migraines, depression, and fatigue, to name a few, who have regained excellent health. While none of us in the health care arena can make any guarantees, it is my experience that the vast majority of people have found treatment to be effective. In addition to relieving physical symptoms, it lifts their spirits, enhances well being, and increases their ability to handle life’s challenges with greater ease. Clinical studies and modern science show significant evidence that points to the remarkable effectiveness of acupuncture, and I have witnessed it firsthand.
Training and Continuing Education
I have been in private practice since 1986, and am a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Colorado. I received my initial training at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia), in Columbia, Maryland, and have studied throughout my career under Prof. J.R. Worsley and Dr. Judy Becker Worsley, recognized Masters of Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture (WFEA). In addition, another highly regarded mentor with whom I study is Hilary Skellon, J.R.W.’s daughter, Director of the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Louisville, CO, and the next Master Elect of this lineage. My continuing education has been invaluable to me as it has clearly enriched and deepened my understanding of this medicine.
Enhancements to My Life and Work
I bring to my practice ten years of experience studying and teaching T'ai Chi Chuan, which is based on the same principles as WFEA. I have also studied and taught programs in meditation and self-development for fifteen years. This experience has enhanced and enriched my life and work as an acupuncturist by teaching me the art of self-observation, relaxation, and the recognition of what is truly essential in life. I am currently a budding apprentice of don Miguel Ruiz (www.miguelruiz.com), author of The Four Agreements, among several other enlightening books. Attending recent local workshops led by Dave Tenerowicz, (www.embrace-one.com), also an apprentice of don Miguel, has added much depth to my understanding of what is possible for human beings. This journey of discovery is incredibly exciting as it reminds me how to be truly present in each moment and expand my awareness to opening to the sacred that is Life.
I currently practice in Colorado, serving the Denver Metro area. Since 1999 I have served on the faculty of the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) (www.itea.edu) as Assistant Faculty Chair, and supervisor in the Student Clinic. I have also served on ITEA’s Board of Directors for a number of years. I am grateful for the school, which gives me the opportunity to teach and learn from students, colleagues, clinic clients, and alumni. It is a rich environment and fertile ground from which to grow!