Practice type: Private
Specialties: Stress, general wellness, HIV/AIDS
Styles: Secondary vessels
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I was working in the film industry on such award-winning fare as “The Fast and the Furious” and “Cruel Intentions” when at breakfast one day, I eavesdropped on the table next to me where a woman was talking about becoming an acupuncturist. I went to the school that day, enrolled and quit my job. The universe opened a window and I felt obliged to jump. I have no idea what I was thinking.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I’m not a hippie and never was. I’m a regular guy who was born and raised here in LA I have crow tattoos because I’m a “hipster cliche,” NOT because I’m a “pseudo-spiritualist.” I don’t own billowy yoga pants or lavender crystals and I’ve never heard a Caucasian person use the words “Namaste” or “Love and Light” in a way that doesn’t sound completely deranged. That said, I think this medicine is absolutely amazing, and is grounded in a lot more science than the woo-woo hippie-ness, faux-Asian zen-ness, or strip-mall sketchiness that would personally make me uncomfortable as a patient.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Helping people. What else is there?
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Two things: 1) The needles hurt. 2) I am a charlatan stealing money from people for hocus pocus and distracting them from true medical treatment. I am amazed how many people, upon hearing what I do, ask, “does that really work?” As if I would dedicate my life to a job I knowingly believe is false. I sympathize to an extent: It’s hard for people to get their heads around a medicine—or any concept really—that was born before the Age of Reason. However, I like to explain that just because Western medicine doesnt agree on how it works does not undermine the fact that it does work. I see enough success on a daily basis that I sleep pretty well at night.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
“Everything in moderation,” both virtue and vice. That includes exercise, being lazy, eating nutritiously, eating terribly, sleeping well, staying up too late, doing charity and being selfish. We pick our battles and I don’t believe it is my job or my pleasure to be perfect all the time.
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