My ancestors are from Southern China. My grandparents travelled down south and eventually settled on the Indonesian island of Java, where I was born. My blood is Chinese and Javanese. I now live and sleep on unceded Boonwurrung country, so-called Melbourne, Australia.
What I offer is the ability to describe what it means to hold the Asian View. A lot of people in the West are interested in Asian wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism, Daoism, or in Asian practices like yoga, qigong, martial arts. But without understanding the foundational View, which is very different to the pervasive Western-modern worldview, there will be no fruition. View, Method and Fruition go together naturally, and most important is View. And since I was raised in the Western-modern cosmology, and have begun unravelling in myself the trappings of using it for understanding Asian wisdom traditions, my humble perspective is what I offer.
Education wise I have a double degree in Commerce (hello, Asian ancestors) and Arts from Melbourne University, and hold down a corporate job where I provide risk management for organisations. Ming says there are two things humans occupy ourselves with; healing or divination. Risk management for me is practicing divination in a modern setting. My life is a prayer for modern do-it-yourself practitioners to see that we can start from just right here, wherever you are today, and use dream as a spiritual path. This block of unused potential we seemingly pass over each night, contains all the answers you need. No gurus needed, no complex requirements. Just having a human body is all that’s needed to participate.
Dennis W. von Elgg is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist. He is also a Diplomate of Acupuncture recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Dennis earned his Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He has traveled to Sichuan Province in China, working and studying at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Practicing in the inpatient and outpatient departments of the hospital, Dennis worked in a wide variety of areas including pain management, respiratory, GI and liver disorders, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, age related illnesses and reproductive health.
Since 2002 Dennis has been a professor at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley where he has taught topics on herbology, herbal formulas, diagnosis, acupuncture therapy, modern disease, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and more. Dennis also periodically presents lectures to students and fellow acupuncturists.
He is a frequent guest lecturer at UC Berkeley in the Integrative Biology Department. He brings together a large volume of Chinese Medicine and health topics to students which he thoroughly enjoys, echoed by the testimonials from his students.
I am Samantha, your acupuncturist. In 2013, I received a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). While completing my masters, I studied a variety of massage modalities and became certified in tui na. In the picture to the left, I am with Dr. Li, my translator, and another international student from Singapore at the Second Affiliated Hospital at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou China. I completed the last clinical hours of my doctorate here in December 2019. As of 2020, I have completed the requirements of Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM).
I compete in trail runs, triathlons, and equestrian sports. In graduate school, while competing, I suffered some common sports injuries and was treated at the student clinic. It blew me away at how drastically the pain was reduced and how the healing time was nearly cut in half with acupuncture. This was one of many moments I had in school where I fell deeply in love with the medicine. I witnessed phenomenal results while interning at CPMC Stroke Clinic. Acupuncture helped those recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other debilitating injuries.
A beloved friend/mentor of mine always told me, “Prevention is cheaper than the cure.” I take this to heart in educating and treating my patients. I helped them work thru injury and avoiding invasive cortisone shots, pain medications, and surgery. Lifestyle modifications play a huge role in overcoming dis-ease.
I use an integrative approach. I practice functional medicine and order a variety of tests such as complete blood panels, female hormones, heavy metals, leaky gut, and whatever test I feel will best help us make a treatment plan. I keep up to date with recent peer-reviewed studies and will be a student forever. I realize there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan. I take my time with my patients and do my best to treat their dis-ease and prevent it from returning.
I look forward to meeting you!
In good health,