Liz Geran and Brendan Kelly
Liz and Brendan both have Master’s Degrees in acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (AFEA), and in 2005 began regular study of Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey C. Yuen, 88th generation Daoist priest. They have advanced, post-graduate training in OB/GYN and reproductive issues, the endocrine system (hormones), luo vessels, eight extra meridians, oncology (cancer treatment), and treating psycho-emotional issues. They have also completed a two-year advanced, in-depth study of Chinese herbal medicine with 300 classroom hours with Dr. Yuen.
Liz and Brendan are certified nationally through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed in Vermont and Montana. Together, they have administered over 40,000 individualized acupuncture treatments in their clinics in Vermont and Montana and have also prescribed over 15,000 customized herbal formulas. They have 55 years of natural medicine and clinical experience, with 34 years experience in acupuncture and eastern herbal medicine.
Liz has 18 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and an additional 17 years as an acupuncturist and herbalist. She has worked in a wide range of western medical settings including: hospitals, acute care, intensive care units, outpatient services, nursing homes, public schools, preschools, and neonatal care units, home health care for both adults and children. Liz completed an additional, full year of training in advanced acupuncture with Dr. Yuen in New York City, with a total of 150 hours of classroom time. She has extensive experience treating women’s health, pregnancy and fertility issues, and continues to work on integrating Chinese medicine with western medicine. She has practiced various methods of meditation for over 35 years and Qi Gong and Tai Chi since 1995.
Brendan is an herbalist of 26 years with training in eastern and western healing traditions and has been practicing Chinese medicine full-time for 17 years. He has been a western herbal business owner and consultant to natural product companies and western medical practitioners. He is 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).
In addition to working with people with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional conditions, Brendan also has extensive experience treating all stages of Lyme, from initial tick bite through late state neurological symptoms. He has treated several hundred patients with Lyme to date with consistently very good results.
He teaches about various 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 thought 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 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. He was the founder and primary instructor of an outdoor based western herbal school in Southern Vermont and teaches about harvesting and using wild plants for food and medicine, and herbal medicine preparation in a wide variety of settings. For the past 17 years he has worked clinically integrating the potency of local, western medicinal plants with the depth of the Chinese diagnostic tradition.
Aidan received his Doctorate and Masters of Chinese Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts and is certified nationally through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). His practice is oriented around classical methods of treatment, drawing on his continued studies of Daoist medicine. Aidan has experience practicing Chinese Medicine in a number of different settings including in a Hospice Center as part of palliative care efforts, at a free community clinic for the homeless, a residential treatment center for teens recovering from addiction and in private sessions with clients.
Aidan’s approach to Chinese medicine has been deeply informed by his ongoing studies with two teachers; Jeffrey Yuen and Damo Mitchell. Aidan took regular classes with Dr. Yuen throughout his graduate training and continues to study with him as well as other teachers who have assimilated his teachings into their practice. In addition, Aidan trains in Neigong and Daoist internal arts with Damo Mitchell and various teachers in Lotus Neigong International. Aidan is currently undergoing continued acupuncture training with Damo Mitchell and Xian Tian College.
Aidan has over a decade of experience with Meditation practice in various different traditions. He has practiced under the guidance of Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist teachers as well as teachers of northern Daoist practice. Aidan also draws deep inspiration and guidance from the Jewish traditions of his ancestors.
Aidan enjoys sharing his passion for Chinese Medicine through teaching and writing. He recently taught a series of classes on yangsheng, the 'healthy lifestyle' teachings of Chinese Medicine, which included classes on diet, sleep hygiene, the emotions, living with cycles of nature, and strengthening the immune system.
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