Meet Our Roosevelt Acupuncturists
In Washington, acupuncturists are classified as “East Asian Medicine Practitioners.” Our practitioners use the tools of Chinese Medicine to design a customized treatment plan for each patient. This may include: acupuncture, breathing and relaxation techniques, bodywork and massage, cupping, hot/cold therapy or Qigong, plus dietary advice and Chinese herbs to support the patient’s healing.
Communication between practitioner and patient is essential to achieve the desired results from each course of treatment.
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Brian’s path to becoming a health care practitioner started when he was a mountain guide. This strenuous career provided lots of personal experience in injury recovery, introducing him to the efficacy of massage therapy. These experiences led him to study both Western and Eastern modalities of massage therapy, including shiatsu (Japanese bodywork based in East Asian medicine), at New York City’s Swedish Institute. Bodywork combines his passions for health and wellness, working with his hands, and five years of practice in both Eastern and Western styles of massage therapy reinforced the benefits of the holistic approach of Eastern Asian medicine, which focuses on root causes rather than symptoms. For his Master’s of Acupuncture, Brian attended the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), studying both acupuncture as well as Asian bodywork, including tui na (Chinese medical massage) and shiatsu. Since graduating in 2013, he has further deepened his skills in Japanesestyle acupuncture by completing training in Toyohari meridian therapy.
Now, instead of guiding people in the mountains, Brian helps people navigate the inner terrain of their own body and self, facilitating a healing process that leads to deeper joy and fulfillment in their lives. Brian specializes in Japanese style acupuncture. The needles used are even thinner then those used in Chinesestyle acupuncture, and they are often inserted shallowly so the patient feels little to no discomfort. This makes it a good choice for those interested in acupuncture but possibly apprehensive about needles. Instead of tapping needles in and leaving the room, Brian often uses the needle as an active tool to connect with the patient’s energy, like a fisherman using a rod to work a fish on the end of the line. In addition, he uses a broad range of other traditional Japanese tools and techniques beyond needles, including micromoxabustion directly on skin, to customize the treatment intensity to the patient’s level of sensitivity. This style of acupuncture is very hands on, allowing Brian to tune into the exact needs of the individual patient and precisely locate the most effective points for treatment. While helping to raise two young daughters doesn’t leave much time to climb in the mountains these days, the trail running Brian enjoys helps him keep up with his energetic girls. They also cheer him on as he rides them up and down Seattle hills on his bike.