Brendan has a Master’s Degree in acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (AFEA) and in 2005 began regular indepth study of Classical Chinese Medicine with Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, 88th generation Daoist priest. Brendan is certified nationally through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and has administered over 30,000 individualized acupuncture treatments and prescribed over 15,000 customized herbal formulas to date. Brendan also has a B.A degree from Swarthmore College in Political Science.
He has extensive advanced, post-graduate training in a wide range of topics including the endocrine system (hormones), oncology (cancer treatment), and treating psycho-emotional issues. He has also completed a two-year advanced, in-depth study of Chinese herbal medicine with 300 classroom hours with Dr. Yuen.
In addition to working with people with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional conditions, Brendan also has extensive experience treating seemingly difficult to address diagnoses including all stages of Lyme--from initial tick bite through late state neurological symptoms--COVID, long COVID, and many types of pain.
Brendan has been a western herbal business owner and consultant to natural product companies and western medical practitioners. He is also on the faculty at AFEA in Florida and has been an adjunct professor at Johnson State College/ Northern Vermont University in VT and Daoist Tradition in NC. He is also the past president of the Vermont Acupuncture Association (VTAA).
He also teaches about many aspects of Chinese medicine and western herbal medicine at schools, universities, educational centers and conferences around the US and Europe. He writes and teaches about the connection between personal, societal and environmental well-being, including the connection between climate change and Chinese medical theroy and diagnosis. North Atlantic Books published his first book The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural and Ecological Imbalance with Chinese Medicine which uses the lens of Chinese medicine to look at the underlying causes of our warming planet.
Brendan is a long-time student and practitioner of Tai Chi Ch’uan, having studied with internationally recognized teacher Wolfe Lowenthal weekly for 10 years. He was authorized to teach by Wolfe, who was a senior student of Cheng Man Ch’ing, the creator of the Yang style short form. Brendan is also the founder and primary instructor of an outdoor based western herbal school in Vermont and teaches about harvesting and using wild plants for food and medicine as well as herbal medicine preparation in a wide variety of settings. Since 2005 he has worked clinically integrating the potency of local, western medicinal plants with the depth of the Chinese diagnostic tradition.
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