AP, LAc, MSTOM
Andrew began his journey studying the body and mind connection through energy medicine at the age of 9. This is quite unusual for a young boy, or anyone for that matter, who was raised in the conservative and traditional Midwest. From a very young age, he was aware of energy, though he couldn't make sense of what he was feeling. He was aware that he was sensing things that were not apparent to others, and the depth of the intensity and feelings were often overwhelming, and he struggled to make sense of these experiences. At nine he was given his first book on qi gong and acupressure, which began to help him explore and make sense of what he was experiencing. During this time, he made a promise to himself that he would work his entire life to understand the nature of mind, energy, and spirit. He began to explore and practice what he learned.
At the age of 11 he was introduced to Carl Jung and his commentary on Religions. He read Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Lao tzu, Tao TeChing, many books on Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Bhagavad Gita, and whatever else he could get his hands on. He began doing basic qi gong. So then Andrew began an intensive journey looking at how energetics relate to psychology (mind, thoughts) and spirituality. At the age of 12, and still having never experienced acupuncture, Andrew decided that this is what he wanted to pursue and practice in his life. He did his biology paper in high school on the subject. He grew up 45 minutes from the Tibetan center, that was run by the Dalai Lama’s brother,Takster Rinpoche. He attended a temple dedication by the Dalai Lama, which made a lasting impression.
Entering college, Andrew double majored in Psychology and Religious Studies, focusing on perception and neuropsychology and Eastern Religious traditions. Andrew was inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa Honorary Society for Religious Studies at Indiana University. He also studied and practiced Tai Qi with Charles Pearce.
Upon graduation, Andrew moved to New York City to begin his Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). While attending classes in his first year, he began training in Medical qi gong, Nei Gong, and a Buddhist form of Qi gong. In addition to the rigorous intellectual work and theory of TCM, Andrew worked hard to gain more and more of the precious experiential experience and knowledge.
During his first year, he met Dr. Wen-Chiang Pai, one of the few M.D.s to officially finish residency training in both contemporary Western and traditional Chinese medicine in Taiwan and practiced integrative medicine at China Medical University Hospital. Dr. Pai had also been the chairman of the Acupuncture Department at the Chinese Medical University in Taiwan, the largest one in Taiwan and taught in Medical School. He moved to the United States in 1997, became the Chair of the Herb department in Pacific College where Andrew was attending classes. He accepted Andrew as his first apprentice while Andrew was still in his first year. This was quite remarkable because Dr. Pai had not accepted an apprentice in 7 years in the US after many requests from graduates. Andrew began learning Classical Needle techniques and a more Classical complex way of looking at the medicine that had been traditionally passed down through apprenticeships, and not readily available in Westernized educational setting. In addition to the heavy course load, he followed Dr. Pai in two clinics, his private clinic and a free clinic in Chinatown for patients infected with HIV. In his training with Dr. Pai, Andrew was immediately immersed in training that involved life-threatening conditions treatments that required an in depth and complex understanding of the organs, meridians, and the interconnections. Dr. Pai constantly challenged Andrew to not settle for simplistic and symptom based treatments that he felt were rampant in TCM. Dr. Pai directly worked with Andrew to really begin to have a command of the needle, not only in terms of proper sensations but also on how to control the energy on the channels.
After 3 years working with Dr. Pai and attending classes in NYC, Andrew transferred to San Diego for his final year of training in TCM. While there, he studied and practiced Jin Shen, a Shinto energy practice. Over the next year, he divided his residency shifts between the school clinic and the UCSD integrated Homeless clinic. At the homeless clinic, Andrew requested the most difficult cases. He often worked with drug addicts and chronic diseased patients with severe internal issues. Additionally while in San Diego, Andrew began extensive study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Upon graduation he cofounded the Lapis Center in Columbus, IN. He was refered patients from MDs, Orthopedic surgeons, Neuro surgeons, psychologists, and chiropractors. Andrew provided free treatments to patients from Volunteers in Medicine, a community based program that serves those with low income that had no health insurance.
Additionally, Andrew worked in two integrative clinics with a chiropractor. He started a program in 3 clinics that provided free acupuncture treatments for returning soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. He later contacted acupuncturists throughout the US and was able to get a list of 60 practitioners who volunteered to do the same. Andrew also served as the Vice President on the Indiana Acupuncture Board. He additionally was a site visitor for Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, the governing body that accredits Acupuncture schools.
Andrew eventually moved to Palm Beach, FL where he worked at Garden’s Wellness for a year, before moving to Miami Beach. In Florida he was introduced to a French system called Nutripuncture, a system of medicine that looks at the complexity of information exchanged in the body via vital currents. Andrew immediately sensed the intricacy of the system and began attending classes with Dr. Patrick Veret, the man who discovered Nutripuncture. Dr. Veret began privately working with Andrew and training him. Showing a deep understanding and experiential knowledge of the energy system and the application of Nutripuncture, Andrew was then asked to begin teaching Nutripuncture.
Andrew was asked to help edit the English translation of a French book about Nutripuncture entitled:Nutripuncture: Stimulating the Meridians of the Body Without Needles. In addition to helping refine the language in the translation, he also contributed a chapter in the book describing the need to learn the experiential knowledge of the body. Andrew has trained with Dr. Veret in Europe and North America. In addition to his in-person practice, Andrew provides Consultation and treatment via Skype throughout the US, Canada, India, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, France, Germany, Italy and Australia. Andrew is also Teaching Nutripuncture in New York, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles. His students are acupuncturists, MD’s, Naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, psychologists, nutritionists, and nurses.
Andrew provides acupuncture services