I am a graduate of SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, which is the oldest school of its kind in the United States. I hold a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and am Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. I am also a Registered Acupuncturist in the state of Michigan. I have been in private practice since 1996.
A strong influence on my life and my practice was my father, Michael Graf M.D. He was a practicing internist as well as a pioneer in the field of holistic health. He began integrating acupuncture and other natural forms of healing in the 1960’s. He was also the founder and president of the American Academy of Auricular Medicine and Scientific Acupuncture.
Over the course of my practice through professional development I have focused heavily on very specific styles of acupuncture, primarily, Master Tung Acupuncture use of distal imagery, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method of image/mirror relationships, Auricular (ear) Acupuncture and Korean Hand Therapy, which are known as “micro systems”. These styles are all based on one of the central principals of Chinese medicine which is the concept of microcosm/macrocosm. This is the idea that each part is contained within the whole, and the image of the whole is reflected within the confines of each part. Microsystems in acupuncture reflect a complete functional image which is a map of the entire anatomy of the body. These images are located in well-defined areas of the body such as, the ear, hands, foot and scalp.
I have found combining these systems to be extraordinarily clinically effective as well as having the capacity to demonstrate immediate changes!
Acupuncture is an ancient and powerful medicine which prevents disease, controls pain, strengthens immunity and improves the function and quality of life for many people. There are a variety of differing styles and techniques of acupuncture. However, not all acupuncturists are created equal. There several options for acupuncture in the Grand Traverse region. It is important to educate yourself about and weigh the differences to choose the best acupuncture in the area for your needs. Referrals are great! It’s also a good idea to talk to the practitioner, ask questions, tour the facilities and do your homework.
Your health and well-being are the most important goal to me and it starts with finding the right care!