Before coming to the practice of these ancient healing arts, Tom had a 25 year career in Mental Health and Addictive Disease medicine. He worked in clinical settings with an extremely diverse population in psychiatric, community mental health, and addictive disease programs as a group, individual, and family therapist, educator, clinical supervisor, program manager, and director.
Searching for a more holistic approach to healing body, mind, and spirit, as well as the almost miraculous treatment he received for his own intractable migraine headaches, led Tom to return to school to study Oriental Medicine in 1999.
He graduated from New York College of Health Professions’ Graduate School of Oriental Medicine in 2003, winning both academic and clinical honors. Given the rare opportunity to stay at the school for an additional year as a Resident Scholar,
Tom did advanced studies in TCM Gynecology and Japanese acupuncture techniques. He became a full time faculty member the following year, and has served at various times as the Clinic Director, Chair of the Oriental Science Department, Director of the Master’s Thesis and Comprehensive Exam programs, and Senior Faculty Adviser and special assistant to the Dean.
Tom has pioneered the use of shonishin, a no needle Japanese pediatric method of treatment in the treatment of child and adolescent neurological and psychiatric illnesses. In addition, he treats many children for asthma, eczema, digestive complaints, food and environmental allergies, insomnia, and impaired immune functioning with frequent respiratory or ear infections. He also specializes in treating adults with GYN and fertility problems, migraines and other headaches, IBS and other digestive complaints, quitting smoking, and emotional and psychiatric problems ranging from uncomplicated stress of grief, to bi-polar disorder.
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