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 to the earth and land was taught to me by my maternal grandmother. In the same way she expressed her care and love for me, she provided care and love to plants and the nourishment they imbue. I witnessed her nurture life. From form to function. Seed to leaf and root. I am eternally grateful for these lessons, as they continue to provide sound, sustainable guidance in my life. It is because of the quality time I spent with my grandmother, on the farm and in the kitchen, that I am able to do the work that I do. Ultimately, her nurturing guided me toward a path of restoration, regeneration, and reclamation of the ways or our ancestors. Our culture. Our medicine. Our relationship to the ecosystems of the earth. Through this process, I have found purpose; the culmination of which has provided an endless source of learning and creativity.
My journey toward Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (TCM) began in Chicago, where I was able to gain a solid understanding about the dynamic healing potential it could provide. I had my first treatment at Sage Community Health Collective (Sage), a health organization that centered intersectionality and justice at the forefront of healing. At Sage, I had the opportunity to work with a phenomenal practitioner whose care and guidance imparted benefits beyond our initial time together. For the first time, I was able to relax more deeply than I thought was possible, and my long-standing issues with anxiety slowly began to dissipate during that one-hour session. I came out of the experience feeling restored, grounded, clear, and determined to learn more. I am humbled and honored to be a practitioner of this medicine, which continues to nourish a deeper connection to all my relations.
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