I began studying yoga in the 1960s, followed shortly by martial arts. By the 1970s, I was immersed in the healing and mystical arts, which include Qigong and meditation, as well as in Chinese medicine. I have been teaching and lecturing for many years. In 2000, I was the first acupuncturist to obtain consulting and practice privileges at Fletcher Allen Health Care (now the University of Vermont Medical Center).
I was part of the second graduating class of the New England School of Acupuncture; 2020 is my 40th year as a medical practitioner. I moved to Vermont in 1986 to live close to nature, raise a family, and cultivate my inner life among the Green Mountains. The various aspects of my work -- martial arts, Qigong, and Chinese medicine -- are rooted in an ancient natural philosophy called Taoism.
The Taoist paradigm that laid the foundation for these arts is immensely rich. It is part mysticism and part science, centering the development of mind, awareness, physical health, and relationship to nature. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given in my studies, as well as to several influential teachers. But it is ultimately with students and patients, who desire better health and healing, that I am motivated to seek deeper understanding and find simplicity in the complex.