My name is Christian, and I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, educator, farmer, and board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
I am Cusabo + Black and belong to the Notoweega Nation. I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, and recently moved back after over 15 years away, to open an Acupuncture clinic + Wellness education center, the first of its kind in my hometown.
My relationship with this long-standing medical practice really began in the garden. It was my grandmother who first taught me about the life teeming beneath my feet. Her teachings showed me that the soil, and that which grows from the soil, is alive and imbued with meaning.
The first time I received Acupuncture, a similar understanding was woven into my experience. I felt restored, grounded, clear, and determined to learn more. I later realized that through the skill of the practitioner who cared for me, I was given an opportunity to be in direct communion with the rich and loamy legacy of this medical tradition.
Much like the time I spent in my grandmother’s garden, tending to and communicating with plants, I began to recognize that the foundations of Chinese Medicine are based on observations of nature. As a patient, I felt holistically tended to and nurtured. It was one of those experiences that inspired me, and has guided my way ever since.
I am honored to be both a practitioner and advocate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I find great joy in providing support to those seeking to build a stronger, more sustainable connection to the healing of people and the planet.
Prior to becoming a medical professional, I worked for over 10 years in nonprofit administration and grassroots organizing. I’ve had the good fortune to partner with institutions, small businesses, nonprofit, and for profit organizations internationally and throughout the U.S. to provide popular education based workshops and retreats. Past partners include the Chicago Freedom School, Project Nia, DePaul University, Northwestern University, the Mispon Indigenous Film Festival, and the Lima Public Library.
Credentials + Experience
- Licensed Acupuncturist by the Ohio State Medical Board (License #66.000047)
- Board Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- MAcOM from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX
- Cal Key Wilson Leadership Award
- BA in Cultural Studies from Antioch College
- American Association for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) Certified Practitioner
- National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Certified Practitioner
- Additional training in acupuncture for sports injury with Dr. Yongxin Fan
- Additional training in herbal dispensary guidelines
- Additional training in culture and trauma in Latinx immigrant families and youth
- Additional education in self-womb wellness and Mexican Traditional Medicine
- Additional training in urban farming and soil health