Michael Volk, L.Ac.
Michael has over twenty five years of clinical experience, and has provided tens of thousands of acupuncture treatments. He began his study of Chinese medicine and philosophy in the mid 1980’s while living as an exchange student in Taipei, Taiwan, and graduated with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Oberlin College in 1989. Michael attended the University of Washington, the Beijing Language Institute, and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1991, Michael began working with Peter Stern N.D., L.Ac. at the Redwoods Rural Health Center in Redway, CA. After assisting with the acupuncture and herbal care of thousands of patients, Michael began seeing his own clients as a clinical intern in 1996. Over the next three years he worked collaboratively with M.D.’s and other professionals to provide holistic “team approach” care for HIV, cancer, hepatitis C, Chronic Pain Syndromes, and other serious conditions. In 1998 Michael co-founded the Acupuncture Department at the Gerald Phelps Community Hospital in Garberville, California. In 2011 Michael completed his two year training and exams to become Certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture (C.SMA). While these techniques were developed to treat elite athletes, Michael has found the sports medicine approach helpful for patients wishing to regain muscular strength and function after surgery or injury. Michael is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where his focus is on managing and treating pain as well as women’s health concerns.
- All types of pain and musculoskeletal issues
- Fatigue, constipation, mental “fuzziness” and other side effects of pain medication
- Women’s health concerns
- Digestive complaints
- Symptoms related to cancer and its treatment
- Lack of vitality or strength
- Emotional unease, including depression and anxiety
- Immune dysregulation
Michael’s Treatments may include the following:
- Soft Tissue Release
- Therapeutic Massage
- Far Infrared Heat
- Herbs and Nutritional Supplements