Devon is an acupuncturist who incorporates his various art backgrounds into his healing work.
He is a graduate of the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is in completion of his Doctor of Acupuncture from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies.
In his free time, Devon furthers his knowledge in healing arts and works a dancer, teacher and/or choreographer.
What drew you to Acupuncture Therapy?
I was inspired to become an acupuncturist from the experience I witnessed with the medicine in cancer treatment. My mother made a complete remission of her cancer through the intervention of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and dietary and lifestyle changes. As I continued along this journey, eastern medicine has helped in my own journey of healing and desire to help others in a meaningful way.
What type of Acupuncture do you specialize in?
I specialize in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture.
Why did you choose this type of Acupuncture?
TCM is the main method I had learned through my education and is the standardized style for medical practitioners in the U.S.
How do your talents benefit your patients?
My talents benefit my patients through a holistic approach, addressing the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical components of disharmony and working to restore a balanced flow.
What is your favorite health tip to give your patients?
My favorite health tip to give to my patients is give yourself permission to heal. We may resist healing for any number of reasons. Some of these can be associated with guilt, shame, or regret at the mental and emotional level, or acceptance of what the body can do and necessary rest periods at the physical level. Allowing the time and events needed for your healing is not always easy to navigate through, however you have a right to your own wellbeing, regardless of circumstances internal or external.
What is your favorite hobby outside of work?
My favorite hobby outside of work is dance. My undergraduate specialized in asian and pacific dance styles, however, I have turned towards more western forms over the years. I dance with a few local companies regularly and receive collaboration opportunities here and there. In general, I am an active person, so if it’s not dance, I’m running, swimming, or hiking.
What would you tell a patient that is nervous about getting their first massage?
I have three main things I would tell a patient that is nervous about getting their first acupuncture treatment. First, it is completely normal to feel this way. Often, patients only know the feeling of western hypodermic needles and those can be rather unpleasant. In comparison, filiform (acupuncture) needles are thin enough that one could fit 10 of them into the tip of a hypodermic needle. We can use thinner needles since nothing is injected into the body with traditional acupuncture.
Second, it is normal to feel sensations during needle insertion, adjustment, retention, and removal. Sensations are called “De Qi,” and can refer to feelings such as releasing, accumulating, warming, cooling, and electrical to name a few. However, if you do feel any lingering sharp pains, let the practitioner know so they can adjust.
Lastly, if the idea of needles are still too much, we have alternative methods of treatment available utilizing TCM methodology such as acupressure, cupping, Tui Na (Chinese bodywork), and Gua Sha (Scrapping therapy).