I am a caring and emphatic licensed Acupuncturist with energy, a solid record of accomplishments and an extensive involvement in my field of skill. I am a dedicated professional who believes that massage plays a big part of my Acupuncturist treatment along with Qi Gong, Cupping, Moxa, Gua Sha and Herbal treatments as tools to help my patients in their healing process.
I am a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), With over 25 years of experience in the Holistic Health Industry I have earned reputation, respect and accolades not only from my clients but from the public. I took interest in the Holistic Field in the early 80’s when I was studying Shiatsu at a local massage school in San Diego. I went on to study further in the Eastern and Western base therapy healing modalities. I studied; Shiatsu, Swedish Massage, Sports medical massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Chinese Medical massage, Trigger point therapy, deep tissue and myofascial therapy just to mention a few. This experience allowed me to greatly master and grow my skills.
When treating my patients, I combine Traditional Chinese Medical and Western Medical Theories and treatment to help create better treatment for my patients. My style of acupuncture is heavily based from massage background and I have an intimate knowledge of muscles anatomy, fascia and in the nervous system. I am also the co-founder of ACHTH through which I hope to bring my own uniqueness in the healing art to the general community.
I am a California licensed massage therapist, as well as a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner over 20+ years of experience in the holistic field. I am trained in a variety of healing modalities including Swedish, Deep tissue, Myofascial Release, Acupressure and Trigger-point therapy, as well as Reiki.
I am passionate about the healing arts, and the work itself is extremely rewarding.
I am the co-owner of Acujin Holistic Therapies, working with a team of wellness practitioners in central San Diego.
I am a California Acupuncture board certified acupuncturist, and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of California San Diego, and a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. I have worked in research for over 10 years at a private biotech company, after graduating from UCSD. I have also worked at the renowned Scripps Research Institute, where I had the opportunity to work on my research project while contributing to multiple publications in prestigious scientific journals.
A sequence of events including physical health problems and spiritual self-development, led me to discover that I am a healer at heart. My strong background in science and my experience as a healer provides an integrated approach to the human body and disease.
I have participated in multiple externships including working at a seniors free clinic - specializing in chronic pain and disease, and working in the athletic department at UCSD focusing on orthopedic disorders. I am also a Certified Massage Therapist, and practice Tui Na, Swedish, and Deep Tissue massage. I specialize in chronic pain, digestive disorders, gynecological issues, and orthopedic conditions.
Growing up in California's, San Diego County, (Cardiff by-the-sea) and now living in Encinitas, CA. Phil started his health and fitness career as a competitive athlete, reaching collegiate status in football, semi-professional levels in soccer and has been recognized as an outstanding student athlete in both team and individual sports.
Finishing his undergraduate degree in Health Science in 1989 Phil continued his path to helping others achieve optimal health by becoming an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Approved Provider in 1994. He has appeared on such shows as “Real Talk San Diego ESPN 1700 Radio”, ‘The E! Channel, “Body By Jake” and Sirius/XM talk radio! Furthering his education Phil completed his Masters Degree and medical internship from Emperors’ College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and finished his medical residency at the UCLA Ashe Center in Los Angeles, CA. in 2002 and is certified by the AOA (Academy of Orthopedic Acupuncture).
As the Founding Principle of Acu-Fit.com, Phil practices a full scope of general Acupuncture, Orthopedics, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Strength Training and Corrective Exercise. By using proven, non-surgical pain relief, Phil has a keen interest in getting his clients back to their optimum level of health and activity safely and effectively.
Furthermore, enduring sports related injuries is one of many things that gives Phil the edge in the Health, fitness programs and Acupuncture treatments. He continues to strive for excellence as a performance enthusiast assisting as many people as possible to reach their overall health, fitness and weight loss goals.
He presents himself as a unique practitioner, by combining his rare expertise in Western and Eastern Science, his respected communicative skills, down to earth demeanor and application of techniques. His collective enthusiasm and interests in integrating the strengths of conventional and alternative medicine is provided to maximize balance, flexibility, strength performance and overall well-being.
Our mission as a practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is to be better in helping people achieve balance in their health and lives.
Helping people understand their own health, through treatments utilizing this ancient knowledge, combined with modern therapies to create an individual treatment plan to help promote health and wellbeing.
I see TCM as a medicine of balance. I feel this philosophy can be added to the current western medical model. Together TCM and Modern medicine will be an integrated system on creating balance, with the focus being on you, rather than just the treatment.