With the heart being held as the foundation, the details of Todd’s formal study and practice of the healing arts are: He attained Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1997. He holds two certificates in the practice of Japanese acupuncture from the Bastyr University in Seattle and the Toyohari association in Tokyo.
Although an acupuncturist by license, Todd’s expression of the healing arts has been profoundly influenced through the work Dr. Fritz Smith, the founder of Zero Balancing. Dr. Smith, a medical doctor, osteopath, and five element acupuncturist created a brilliant synthesis of eastern and western paradigms of medicine into one treatment modality that simultaneously works on both energy and structure.
Todd has also served as part of the faculty at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, as well as at the Han University, formerly the Asian Institute of Medical Studies in Tucson.
Outside of formal educational institutions, being a zealot by nature, for many years Todd has extensively and passionately sought out and studied with several masters of acupuncture and manually based medicine in Japan as well as the USA.
After graduating in 1997, he practiced full-time in Northern California in two different integrative medical clinics until 2007 at which point he and his family went to live in southern India for several years. Since returning to the USA in 2010 he practiced in Southeastern Washington until 2013 when he and his family decided to return to their heart’s home of Sonoma county, California.
In addition to his studies and practice of the medical arts, Todd has been deeply immersed in eastern meditative practices for over two decades, which is what above all else, informs and inspires his life work. He also has two wonderful daughters (Jessica and Rachael) who do a very good job at keeping him from going to sleep in the comfort of complacency.