About Barry

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Barry’s exposure to Chinese thought began at age 13. At 16, he began the dedicated study of Temple-style Tai Chi. At 19, he spent the first of four retreats living in the “Cave of the 18 Lohans”, a legendary Zen-Buddhist monastery in the Taiwan jungle. His spiritual aspects of honesty, morality, compassion, and hard work were further developed. He paralleled Eastern thought with a strong science background receiving a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

In 1992 he began focused study in Oriental Medicine. He graduated with Diploma from the Brenneke School of Massage in 1995 and with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1997, both in Seattle. Barry received licensing by the Department of Health in the State of Washington for Massage (1995-1997. #8570) and Acupuncture (1997, #386), and by the Board of Medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Acupuncture (1997-1999, #639). He was given Diplomat Status by the NCCA in 1997 and has been a member of the AMTA since 1995. He was registered as a Massage Therapist with the Town of Watertown MA (1998). He has an AZ license for acupuncture.(1999-.present. #34)

Barry is a Disciple of many great Master teachers:

Before coming to Tucson, he was Uchi-Deshi/House-Apprentice in Watertown Massachusetts to Koei Kuahara, the lead Toyo Hari Association practitioner in the USA. That program included acupuncture, Aikido, macrobiotic diet, medical Qi Gong and spirituality.

Since coming back to Tucson in 1998, Barry has shared his knowledge and skills in Acupuncture and Tai Chi. He has been a contributing member with Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine as an Academic Advisor to the Associate Fellowship (AF), Acupuncture Preceptor for visiting physicians and 4th year medical students, and Tai Chi Instructor for the physicians in Associate Fellowship. He is also Tai Chi Instructor / Faculty at Pima Community College.

His Mission has evolved simply into helping people become aware of their own Life Force (Chi), strengthen it and balance it better through Acupuncture and Tai Chi.

“Kumataro” & the Bamboo Forest

Kumataro in Japanese means first-born BEAR. The bear (KUMA) in the bamboo forest is strong and powerful, but gentle. Bamboo is flexible and nourishing, but unbreakable. During Acupuncture College, much of Barry’s free time was spent at the island home of his classical Chinese teacher, Professor Chong. He did much of the hard physical labor there, cultivating the land with a Zen-Buddhist mind in a very peaceful and scenic environment. To date, over 165 different species of bamboo grow all around the property there, a veritable bamboo forest. It is where Barry’s heart resides.

Barry Brownstein
B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Ac., Lic. Ac., L.M.P.
Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM),


CURRICULUM VITAE

BARRY SCOTT BROWNSTEIN

2563 E. Fort Lowell Tucson, AZ 85716 520 297-7955


PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Tai Chi MasterOctober 2013
Junior Tai Chi MasterSeptember 2002
Licensed Acupuncturist - AZ StateJanuary 2000
Licensed Acupuncturist - MA CommonwealthDecember 1997
Registered Massage Therapist - Watertown, MANovember 1997
Licensed Acupuncturist - WA StateAugust 1997
Diplomat NCCAAugust 1997
Licensed Massage Practitioner - WA StateAugust 1995
Tai Chi DiscipleAugust 1979

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

02/11 to present  TUCSON ACUPUNCTURE & TAI CHI CENTER  TUCSON, AZ
Acupuncturist/Massage Therapist/Tai Chi instructor
A clinical practice for the treatment of disease, illness and injury utilizing energy and Oriental medical principles. Therapies utilized include acupuncture, both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Meridian Therapy, moxibustion, cupping, diet, herbs and massage (Chinese, Japanese and Swedish). Tai Chi Chuan Classes offered for Wellness for the general public at this joint center.

02/05 to present  SO. AZ. VETERANS ADMININISTRATION  TUCSON, AZ
Acupuncturist / Provider-Fee Basis
Working with Veterans suffering from various severe pain conditions using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Accepting referrals of patients who are trying acupuncture when most all other therapies have been ineffective. As positive significant outcomes have resulted, the clinic now sees 15-20 Veterans per week.

01/03 to present  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Tai Chi Instructor for the Program in Integrative Medicine
Tai Chi instruction for “Residence Week” for the Associate Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. Responsible for morning Tai Chi instruction and practice for 50 visiting physicians.

01/01 to present  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Preceptor to the Program in Integrative Medicine
Responsible for teaching visiting fourth year medical students and Residents about the actual workings of a busy acupuncture clinic. Students receive explanations of TCM theories and observe the implementation of acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques used on actual patients. This exposure will help the physician in training in the future understand the treatment modalities the patients have received and when to refer a patient to these modalities.

01/00 to present  PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
09/05 to 05/09  TUCSON CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER  TUCSON, AZ
Tai Chi Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Instruction of Tai Chi for both adult community education and for-credit classes. Classes bridge the concept of Chi into the physical world and the practice of Tai Chi Chuan as a system for health and self defense. Students number from 20 to 35 per class.

11/99 to 02/11  TUCSON CLINIC for GENERAL & PEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE  TUCSON, AZ
Acupuncturist / Massage Therapist
A clinical practice for infants, children and adults for the treatment of disease, illness and injury utilizing energy and Oriental medical principles. Therapies utilized include acupuncture, both Chinese and insertive and Non-Insertive Japanese Meridian Therapy, moxibustion, cupping, diet, herbs and massage (Chinese, Japanese and Swedish)

01/03 to 05/09  ARIZONA SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Academic Faculty/ Preceptor
Responsible for teaching basic Chinese Medicine concepts and Diagnostic Skills to acupuncture students. Duties include classroom instruction, practical applications, testing and evaluation.

10/02 to 05/09  ARIZONA SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Clinic Supervisor
Responsible for supervising and training acupuncture students in the student clinic. Integration of TCM theories and diagnoses with actual cases and then proper implementation of Chinese medicine techniques including acupuncture, moxibustion, Tui-Na, Qi Gong, patent herbs & lifestyle recommendations of the students are overseen and assisted when needed.

01/03 to 08/03  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Content Contributor to the Program in Integrative Medicine
Contributor to the Associate Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. Responsible for writing Internet modules for physicians on Acupuncture, Acupressure and T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Physicians will then correspond via Internet for question and answer sessions. These modules will help the physician understand the treatment modalities the patients have received and when to refer a patient to these modalities.

06/00 to 11/04  CACTUS FLOWER WELLNESS CENTER  TUCSON, AZ
Acupuncturist / Massage Therapist

September 2002  TAI CHI TAO CENTER – TAI CHI CHUAN  CHICAGO, IL
Junior Master – “Lao-Su”.
Honored by Tai Chi Master Waysun Liao with the title Junior Master or Lao-Su, for 25 years of dedicated practice and teaching of Temple-Style Tai Chi Chuan.

April 2001  DR. WANG FU-DA  MADO, TAINAN,TAIWAN
Training in Electro-Magnetic acupuncture treatments for cancer-related and shingles conditions. Dr. Fu-Da has treated 250,000 patients so far and has pioneered an electro-magnetic signal to readjust the body disharmonies especially in cancer conditions.

Oct./Nov. 2000  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Academic Advisor to the Program in Integrative Medicine
Contributor to the Associate Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. Responsible for writing Internet modules for physicians on Japanese Acupuncture, Pediatric Acupuncture, Palpation Skills, and Abdominal Diagnosis. These modules will help the physician understand the treatment modalities the patients have received and when to refer a patient to these modalities.

9/99 to 4/2000  CHINESE PEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE NORTHWEST INSTITUTE OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE  SEATTLE, WA
7-month clinical and didactic training and certification in treating children with Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. Topics included bedwetting, asthma, ADD/ADHD, insomnia, constipation, failure to thrive and more.

October 1999  TAISHIHARI - JAPANESE PEDIATRICS  BOSTON, MA
Senior Seminar Assistant
Assisted Tanioka-Sensei in weekend seminar on Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture to 50 professional and student acupuncturists in the New England area. Tanioka-Sensei also re-tested my proficiencies and skills.

September 1999  HARI-JAPANESE ACUPUNCTURE SEMINAR  BOULDER, CO
Senior Seminar Assistant
Assisted Kuahara-Sensei in weekend seminar on Japanese Non-Insertive Acupuncture to 30 professional acupuncturists in the Boulder area. Kuahara-Sensei also re-tested my proficiencies and skills.

August 1999  SUMMER ACUPUNCTURE COLLLEGE and TOUR  JAPAN
Attended Japanese Meridian Therapy Association 41st Annual Summer Acupuncture College in Tokyo with Mr. Kuahara and colleagues from Boston and 400 other acupuncturists. Our group also toured famous acupuncture clinics, teachers and colleges in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. I also received special private training in Yao, Osaka with Tanioka-Sensei on Taishihari - Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture. Japanese techniques and skills were further enhanced.

11/98 to 11/99  RED LOTUS CENTER for ENERGY MEDICINE  TUCSON, AZ
Acupuncturist / Massage Therapist
Moved to open TUCSON CLINIC for GENERAL & PEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE. See description above.

9/97 to 10/98  TAKAYUKI KOEI KUAHARA  BOSTON, MA
Apprenticeship/Deshi
Traditional Master-Disciple relationship. Lived in the teacher’s home with him and his family. Practiced Toyo Hari style Meridian Therapy Acupuncture in his clinic 7-10 hours per day 5 days a week, Aikido 3 mornings per week, evenings assisted teaching Toyo Hari classes at the New England School of Acupuncture, the Boston Shiatsu School and seminars in Maryland and New York. Also participated in Mr. Kuahara’s spiritual Qi Gong classes and seminars. All activities enhanced the focus and concentration inherent with Toyo Hari. Most medical cases in the clinic were severe and chronic patients with 30%-40% of the practice serving pediatrics.

9/94 to 6/97  NORTHWEST INSTITUTE OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE  SEATTLE, WA
Master of Acupuncture (M.Ac.) JUNE 1997
Completed an education in oriental medicine consisting of 125 didactic hours and 850 clinical hours. Areas of study focused on the use of hands through, TUI- NA, QI GONG & SHIATSU. Special training in Tui-Na(150+hrs.), NeuroMusculoSkeletal Disorders (100+hrs.), Japanese Acupuncture (100+hrs.), Geriatrics (50+hrs.), Chronic Fatigue (50+hrs.), AIDS Clinic (50+hrs.) & Pediatrics(50+hrs.). Also attended seminars in TCM Trauma medicine, Qi Gong Healing, Orthopedics, pulse taking & Buddhist Healing.
Certified in Clean Needle Techniques and AIDS Awareness.

8/96 to 8/97  TOYO HARI ACUPUNCTURE NORTHWEST INSTITUTE OF ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE  SEATTLE, WA
A separate one-year program in Japanese Meridian Therapy emphasizing NON-INSERTIVE needle techniques originated by blind practitioners. 150 hour Certification.

9/94 to 8/97  DR. WANG XUE-ZHI  SEATTLE, WA
Apprenticeship
Apprenticed in his clinic weekly as well as assisted in teaching his Qi Gong classes. Dr. Wang is a famous Qi Gong master, TCM physician, martial artist, painter & scholar from Beijing, China. He was Professor at Beijing TCM College specializing in Herbs, Acupuncture, & Qi Gong.

11/94 to 8/97  DR. WANG XUE-ZHONG  SEATTLE, WA
Apprenticeship
Received advanced training in Tui-Na, Qi Gong & Acupuncture. Dr. Wang is a famous Qi Gong master, TCM physician, martial artist & scholar from Beijing, China. He was Professor and Chief Resident at Peking Union Hospital specializing in Tui-Na, Herbs, Acupuncture, & Qi Gong.

9/95 to 8/97  BAMBOO FOREST CLINIC  SEATTLE, WA
A clinic for the treatment of stress and injuries using Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, and Western massage techniques. Serving approximately 2-6 clients per week.

6/95-8/95  BRENNEKE SCHOOL OF MASSAGE  SEATTLE, WA
Graduated 8/95. A nine week intensive offered only to students of Oriental & Naturopathic medicine who had completed their first year of studies. Fundamentals of massage, Swedish massage and treatment of injuries were the focus. Equivalency - 500 hours.

July 1992  CHI HEALING SEMINAR ‘92  BEIJING, CHINA
Attended an advanced hands-on seminar organized by Waysun Liao -Taichi Master and the Chinese Ministry of Health. 13 “Chi” masters from all of China were assembled to show and instruct on the ways Chi is used for healing. The Bill Moyers special on “Chi” showed only a small portion of what was experienced first-hand at this seminar.

1979,1988,1991,1992  18 LOHANS CAVE TEMPLE  NANKUNG,TAIPEI,TAIWAN
Intensive immersion into Zen-Buddhist monastic life. Duties included praying, working, eating, meditating. Work consisted of hard labor while meditating & stopping the mind. Life lessons emphasized Honesty, Morality, Compassion & Selfless Service.

2/77 to present  TAI CHI CHUAN, QI GONG  WORLDWIDE
Student/Disciple/Instructor.
A lifetime journey on the road of Tai Chi & Qi Gong both as a martial art and a powerful healing form. Use of Chi to alleviate pain and sickness and bring well-being to both self and others using touch and non-touch. Authorized by Waysun Liao-Taichi Master to teach his system of Temple-Style Tai Chi (Disciple 1979). President UA Kung-Fu Club (1983-84)

OTHER EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Chemistry  1984

MASTER OF SCIENCE  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
Electrical Engineering  1991

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. - Metals Process Engineer  1991-92 Camarillo, CA
Sematech Center of Excellence - Research Assistant  1989-91 Tucson, AZ
Intel Corp. - Research Assistant/CO-OP Engineer  1990 Santa Clara, CA
Advanced Micro Devices - Research Assistant/CO-OP Engineer  1988 Sunnyvale, CA
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