Treatment Philosophy


New Patients: $125.00
Acupuncture Treatments:
Sound Healing Treatments:
Acu-Stop Smoking:
5 Session package



  •  The first visit includes history, examination and treatment.

  •  Regular acupuncture treatments take up to 1 hour.

  •  Sound healing treatments take 1 hour of hands on therapy.

  •  The stop smoking treatments take about 45 minutes. Treatments are 2 times per week. As with most acupuncturists, the success rate is about 80%, for those who are seriously trying to quit.


     Here is a short clip showing different points being stimulated with regular acupuncture. Notice how gentle and mild the treatment is. All points have different depths, some are needled deeper or along the channel. What is shown here is typical of Stephen"s work.

      My acupuncture treatment philosophy has two aspects. My first goal is to help the patient immediately, to address whatever problem has brought them to the office. The second goal is to focus on healing the whole person, body-mind-spirit. The acupuncture treatment may look similar, but the intention for each goal is different. To help someone immediately requires specific techniques that gets actual results in helping the body to change quickly. To help the whole person requires that the patient is an active participant in their own healing and is striving to become the best person that they can be. My job is to help them along, using the healing tools and techniques that I am skillful with to re-establish the internal harmony that generates integration and higher level wellness.

      The style of acupuncture that I practice is a mixture of the most effective parts of many approaches. For most of my sessions, the foundation of the treatment is Taoist Balancing methods. From what I've observed in practice, this approach results in faster results for most problems. It is based on balancing the channels and "holographic" body imaging (see note below). The goal is to "balance and harmonize" the body, so that it heals itself. My first clinical judgement is to determine which type of treatment will effect the patient the most positively. Since some diseases and symptoms require a TCM or other type of treatment, I am quite flexible in my approach.

      We don't treat infants with with needles, however I have been consulted numerous times for their problems and have treated them with our other Chinese Medical modalities. My oldest patients are in their late nineties. I treat all ages and types, and have occasionally done house calls. In years past, before a few local veterinarians learned some acupuncture, I also would treat dogs and cats.


      For patients in acute pain, many times they can feel it leaving their body during the acupuncture treatment, or when they get off the table they feel dramatically relieved. Another typical treatment experience is one of deep relaxation and peacefulness which is indicative of healing. Many times people feel energized and more focused after acupuncture. Very often patients fall into a deep sleep, which can be restorative and healing. Treatments usually last for 30 minutes, though it can vary, and it takes about 1 hour for the whole visit. For some people, just being able to rest for that period of time is healing in and of itself.

      Because of my training and long experience, I have lots of advice to give about diet, herbal medicine, lifestyle adjustments, exercise, self healing and home remedies. When it's appropriate, I listen and provide counseling as it relates to balancing the energies and patterns of the body and mind. Some sessions require a lot of counseling as the disease process is very connected with psychological patterns. There is always a referral network of trusted professionals covering many specialities that I have worked with for years.


      One patient wanted a simple hernia repair without any anesthesia. I did not know how to do this kind of treatment. After consulting my textbooks, I realized that this type of acupuncture anesthesia would be relatively "simple." Working with the surgeon in an outpatient surgical suite, I used acupuncture as the anesthesia, using about 10 needles total. The patient was quite happy with the results, the surgeon and I were quite flabbergasted that it worked so well! It is probably one of the few hernia surgeries done in America using acupuncture instead of anesthesia.


      I have a general medical practice and treat everyone that can be helped by Chinese Medicine. Because so many people suffer with chronic musculo-skeletal pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, sports injuries and headaches; I am considered to specialize in pain relief. As the list below shows, I have treated almost every type of problem in all specialities and like many very experienced acupuncturists, get wonderful results for my patients.

      In Gainesville Florida, allergies are a big problem due to the damp climate and verdant growth. Other diseases I see a lot of are gastro-intestinal, chronic fatigue, neurological diseases, fibromyalgia, arthritis; geriatric conditions, pediatric disorders, lung problems, liver and gallbladder diseases, anxiety disorders and psychological issues. A lot of patients get treatment for post surgical/trauma rehabilitation, workers compensation, auto accidents and to speed up healing after surgeries and repairs. I have helped many people get off of prescription medications, endless chiropractic adjustments, nicotine and other drugs.

      This is a partial list of condtions I have treated. It doesn't mean that they have been completely cured, though many have.

•  Abdominal Pain

•  Allergies

•  Arthritis

•  Asthma

•  Back Pain

•  Bells Palsy

•  Bronchitis

•  Bursitis

•  Cancer Side Effects

•  Canddida

•  Carpal Tunnel Syn.

•  Chronic Fatigue Syn.

•  Chronic Pain

•  Common Cold

•  Constipation

•  Cough

•  Cystitis

•  Deficient Immunity

•  Depression

•  Dizziness

•  Ear Infections

•  Fatigue

•  Flu

•  Gastritis


•  Hay Fever

•  Headaches

•  Hiccough

•  Hypertension

•  Hypoglycemia

•  Infections

•  Irritable Bowel Syn.

•  Joint Pains

•  Menopause

•  Menstrual Difficulties

•  Migraine Headaches

•  Morning Sickness

•  Muscular Problems

•  Neck Problems

•  Neuropathies

•  Numbness

•  Peripheral Neuralgias

•  PMS ~ PID

•  Poor Circulation

•  Post-Operative Recovery

•  Rehabilitation

•  Repetitive Motion Trauma

•  Sciatica

•  Shingles

•  Shoulder Pain

•  Sinusitis/Rhinitis

•  Soft-Tissue Injuries

•  Sore Throat

•  Spastic Colon

•  Stomach Ailment

•  Stroke Rehabilitation

•  Tendonitis

•  Tennis Elbow

•  TMJ Syndrome

•  Ulcers

•  Urinary Tract Infections

•  Vertigo

•  Whiplash

•  Wrist Pain

•  Yeast Infections

•  Acu-Stop Smoking

      There are many other diseases and symptoms I have treated successfully. This can mean that patients get either temporary relief, palliative relief or complete cure. This includes conditions like labor and delivery, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons, fibromyalgia, Lymes disease, diabetes, Lupus and many other strange syndromes. For many conditions there are no cures, only significant help with the symptoms.

      ***A note on "holographic" and body imaging: The Taoist approach to the human body is to view it as patterns and images of itself; so the arm and legs are images of each other, the fingers and toes, and so on for all body parts. There are multiple image patterns for each part and system. Many people label this in modern terms as holographic, whereby each body part is a representation of the whole body. A more accurate term is fractal." This describes how in nature life builds itself out of replicating patterns. Acupuncture then becomes a treatment to restore the damaged patterns back to balance.

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