Michael Harman, L.Ac., MTOM
Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist
Specializing in pain and lower extremity conditions

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Biography
Michael uses a powerful system of acupuncture to alleviate difficult cases of chronic pain. Michael refined his technique in 2000 while working at a multidisciplinary clinic in New York where he specialized in neck, back and other musculoskeletal pains related to trauma from automobile accidents. In this busy clinic, Michael had between 80 - 100 patients scheduled daily and learned how to get good results with very few needles.

From 2006 - 2010, Michael was given honorary privileges at Coloradoís Craig Hospital to treat patients with spinal cord and brain injuries. He also participated in a National Institute of Health (NIH) study to research the neurological effects of acupuncture on the spinal cord injury population.

Michael thinks many diseases are curable, but what works for one person may not work for another. The beauty of Chinese medicine is that it corrects underlying imbalances causing symptoms, but can also correct these imbalances to prevent the symptoms in the first place, thereby improving all aspects of health. Michael is also well-educated in nutrition and brings this knowledge and passion into his acupuncture practice to help people take better control of their health.

Michael received his Masterís Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego in 1997. This four-year, 2900-hour program is at the cutting edge of Oriental healing arts, with a primary focus on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. The program devotes numerous hours to the study of Western science and medicine, allowing for an integrative approach to modern day illnesses. Michael is certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is currently licensed in both Colorado and California. He is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. Michael also holds a Bachelorís degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

In addition to treating all types of pain, Michael also treats stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, hypertension, weight gain, immune system dysfunction, digestive complaints, sinusitis, allergies, womenís health, and even breech babies.

Michael is particularly interested in the treatment of lower extremity conditions. From 1998 - 2008, in addition to his acupuncture practice, Michael traveled around the country as a highly regarded hiking boot and athletic footwear fitter, teaching retail employees, dealers, representatives, and medical professionals about biomechanics, orthoses, modification, and other more professional fit techniques to provide better comfort, health and performance.

Michael has been interested in alternative health and healing from a very young age. In 1980, he began taking massage and Touch for Health (kinesiology) classes and focusing on nutrition and alternative health. In his free time, Michael enjoys biking (mountain and road), skiing (downhill and cross country), hiking, and swing / Lindy Hop dancing.
Education
University of California, San Diego, CA, B.A., Psychology, 1986.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), San Diego, CA, Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM), 1997.
Licenses and Registrations in Acupuncture
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac.), September 1998 - Present.
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), California, October 1999 - Present.
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), New York, April 2000 - December 2002.
Licensed Acupuncturist, Colorado (L.Ac.), January 2002 - Present
Employment

Acupuncturist, Whole Health Center, Highlands Ranch, Colorado April 2011 - Present

 The office includes acupuncturists, a chiropractor, many massage therapists, a hypnotherapist, Reiki Master and EFT practitioner.

Acupuncturist, East-West Health Center, Greenwood Village, Colorado 2002 - 2011

    Responsibilities included initial evaluations, and treatment of approximately 6-8 patients every day, on average. The office included Western medical doctors, physician assistants, medical assistants, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, a naturopath, homeopath, and psychologist.

Acupuncturist, Steadman-Hawkins Orthopedic Clinic, Greenwood Village, Colorado 2009

Responsibilities included initial evaluations, and ongoing acupuncture treatments of  patients with pain and other orthopedic conditions related to sports injuries and other causes. This was in addition to the physical therapy and chiropractic used at the center.

Acupuncturist, Craig Hospital, Englewood, Colorado 2006 - 2010

Responsibilities included initial evaluations, and ongoing treatments of spinal cord injury or brain injury patients. In addition, he was one of three acupuncturists involved in the NIH study in which some of these patients were subjects.

Acupuncturist, Health and Rehabilitation Offices, Bayshore, New York 2000 - 2002

    Responsibilities included initial evaluations, and treatment of approximately 6-8 patients every hour. He worked alongside many chiropractors, physical therapists, and other specialists, including an M.D., D.O., D.D.S., and psychologist.

Instructor, FitSystems by Phil Oren, 1998 - 2008

Responsibilities included traveling around the country to teach outdoor retail employees, dealers, representatives, and medical professionals about proper shoe/boot fit techniques, foot biomechanics, and footbed manufacture, etc.

Retail Salesperson, Boot Fit Expert, Adventure 16, Inc., Los Angeles & San Diego, California, 1988 - 2000

Responsibilities included selling various backpacking, climbing, camping, & travel gear. He also taught backpacking, and map and compass classes. During this time, he spent most of his time in the boot department, where he earned the reputation of being one of the best boot fitters in the country.

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    People are like snowflakes: no two are alike. What works for one person doesn't necessarily have to work for another and can, at times, do damage. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements contained on the pages of this website. The information contained here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Suggestions and ideas presented in this document are for information only and should not be interpreted as medical advice, used for diagnosing illness, or for prescriptive purposes.  Readers are encouraged to consult their health care provider before beginning any cleanse, diet, detoxification program, or any supplement regimen. The information in this document is not to be used to replace the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

I hope you learn from the information obtained on this website. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at my email address michael#wholehealthcenters.com