Bio

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Andrew Porter, LAc, MTCM, MQT, Qigong Instructor

Andrew Porter is a licensed acupuncturist & herbalist and the owner of Discovery Awareness & Wellness Navigation (DAWN), a company dedicated to aligning individuals with the spirituality & healing medicine found only in the body.

Andrew is certified by the California State Board of Acupuncture, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). He is also a Qigong (‘chee-gong’) Instructor and Medical Qigong Therapist, certified by the International Institute of Medical Qigong (IIMQ).

He specializes in Acupuncture and both Deep Tissue & Tui Na (‘toy-nah’) Chinese Sports Massage for pain relief and injury recovery. 

As a Qigong & Tai Chi Instructor for over 15 years, Andrew’s approach to health and fitness stem from the longevity exercises of Traditional Chinese Medicine which at their root focus on the prevention of injury and disease.  He believes that managing stress, staying healthy, and enjoying life involve exploring the variety of ways that we can integrate deep abdominal breathing and relaxed awareness with all of the movements of our daily activities.

Andrew received his core education in the Taoist Healing Arts while living in Anchorage, Alaska for 8 years.  While there he also taught at massage training schools, led individuals and groups in Tai Chi & Qigong classes locally and in remote retreat centers, and worked with both nonprofit and corporate businesses developing massage and wellness programs for their employees.  He served in an internship position at a Sports Medicine Hospital in Beijing, China in 2008.  Andrew holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a B.S. in Business & Nonprofit Management, and a masters degree from Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He is also a Certified Field Instructor for the American Chen Taiji Society.

Andrew also works as both an acupuncturist and massage therapist for Apple Wellness Center in Cupertino, treats private clients at his office in Santa Cruz’s Seascape Village, and offers house calls through his in-home acupuncture business, ‘Punctual’.