* Special skill in field identification of medicinal plants
* A working knowledge of both scientific and empirical herbal/medical models
* Committed to the highest standards of professional excellence
* A unique background providing 22 years experience in plant field work


Traditional Chinese Medicine

Practice and teach all five branches of traditional Chinese medicine:

* Herbal Medicine: The identification, gathering and use of wild plants as medicine
* Acupuncture: The use of pre-sterilized disposable needles to allieviate pain and promote healing
* Therapeutic Massage: An effective treatment in some musculoskeletal pathologies
* Food as Medicine: Providing sound nutritional information and guidance
* Qigong breathing exercises: Specific Chinese exercises designed to relieve stress and promote health and well being


2012 – PRESENT Instructor of Chinese medicine at HAWAI’I COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE, Hilo, HI
2011 – PRESENT Founder and Instructor at EARTH MEDICINE INSTITUTE, Big Island & Maui, HI
2008 – 2011 Instructor of Herbal medicine MEDICINE AT YOUR FEET, Jacksonville, OR & Pähoa, HI
2006 – 2009 Instructor of Chinese medicine PAHOA NATURAL HEALTH CLINIC, Pähoa, HI
1999 – 2008 Instructor of Herbal medicine MEDICINE AT YOUR FEET, Maui and the Big Island of Hawai’i
2000 – 2002 Instructor of Chinese medicine MAUI SCHOOL OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, Makawao, HI
2000 – 2002 Instructor of Chinese medicine KAISER PERMANENTE, Wailuku, HI
1999 – 2003 Instructor of Chinese medicine TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF HAWAI’I, Kamuela, HI
1998 – 1999 Herbalist/Acupuncturist SOUTH MAUI CHIROPRACTIC, Kihei, HI
1998 – Masters Degree in Chinese medicine FIVE BRANCHES INSTITUTE. Santa Cruz, CA
1997 – 1998 Herbalist/Acupuncturist KEALIA MEDICAL CENTER, Kihei, HI
1996 – 1998 Herbalist/Acupuncturist OHANA HALE CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC, Kahului, HI
1995 – 1997 Herbalist/Acupuncturist PRIVATE PRACTICE, Kula, HI
1993 – 1995 Herbalist/Acupuncturist OLA HA SPINAL CLINIC, Makawao, HI
1993 – 2002 Instructor of Herbal medicine MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Kahului, HI
1991 – 1993 Herbalist/Acupuncturist GRACE HEALTH CLINIC, Makawao
1990 – 1991 Herbalist/Acupuncturist WELLSPRING ACUPUNCTURE, Carmel, CA
1986 – 1991 Professional Herbalist PRIVATE PRACTICE, Santa Cruz, CA
1983 – 1986 Massage Therapist PRIVATE PRACTICE, Boulder, CO


USDA/NRCS, Kealakekua HI – Advanced training in Hawaiian native forest species inventory with David Clausnitzer. 2004 – 2008
HAWAI’I COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Hilo, HI – Forest Team Program – Studies in native forest restoration, agroforestry, GPS, ArcGIS, native plant propagation. 2003 – 2005
FIVE BRANCHES INSTITUTE, Santa Cruz, CA – Master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, 1998
MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Wailuku, HI – Studies in pharmacology, applied statistics, marine biology, ethnobotany, and plant propagation. 1998
KAHUNA LA’AU LAPA’AU ‘O MAUI, Wailuku, HI – Training in Hawaiian plant medicine. 1992-2002

Published Works

* How to Worship the Goddess and Keep Your Balls: A Man’s Guide to Sacred Sex, Roast Duck Producktions May, 2009
* Medicine at your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Volume One, Roast Duck Producktions June 2008
* Science: Good Servant, Poor Master, Acupuncture Today Magazine August, 2004, Vol. 05, Issue 08
* Visiting Old Friends – Plant Gathering Protocols, Acupuncture Today Magazine March, 2004, Vol. 05, Issue 03
* A Gathering of Old Friends, with Robert Newman, L.Ac. Acupuncture Today Magazine November, 2003, Vol. 04, Issue 11
* Everything You Know is Wrong, with Robert Newman, L.Ac. Acupuncture Today Magazine August, 2003, Vol. 04, Issue 08
* The Herbal Apothecary , articles in Maui’ana Magazine, 1994-1995
* The Acupuncture Point Book , co-authored with Colleen Delaney, Roast Duck Producktions 1988
* The Traditional Chinese Paradigm and Modern American Life, article in Internal Arts Magazine, Vol.2 Issue 3, Dec 1987



* Former National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists Diplomate # 5894
* State of Hawaii Acupuncture License #ACU 292
* Former State of California Acupuncture License # AC 3862
* Hypnotherapy Certification # CH1350


* Instructor – “Medicine at your Feet” plant identification class at Maui Community College 1999
* Featured plant specialist – “Back to Health” television show, numerous times in 1998
* Sierra Club – Leading public plant walks for the Sierra Club on Maui 1993 – 1996
* Apprentice – Kahuna La’au Lapa’au ‘O Maui, Inc., an organization of practitioners of traditional Hawaiian healing under the direction of Kahu Kawika Ka’alakea and Keoki Sousa, President 1992 – 2002
* Nature Center – Leading public plant walks for the Nature Center on Maui 1994
* Aloha Aina – Leading public plant walks for the Aloha Aina, Huelo, Maui 1993
* Invited guest speaker to the International Congress of Veterinary Acupuncture, Stouffer Wailea, 1992
* Invited guest speaker: Maui Whole Life Expo, Lahaina 1992
* Purple Dragon martial arts, Boulder, Colorado 1985


* Dr. Mitchell Brinks, Opthamological Surgeon, Kahului, Hawaii
* Dr. Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., Ethnopharmacologist, Univ. of Minn., Minneapolis, MN
* Dr. Adam Burke, Ph.D., M.P.H. director, Halcyon College, Felton, California

(information on references available on request)