Michelle Homyak, MD, LAc

  Michelle Homyak, MD, LAc has extensive training in many forms of acupuncture in order to meet your specific needs.  In addition, she has mastered Chinese herbal medicine, with a national credential for this practice (Diplomate of Oriental Medicine). Her M.D. from USC medical school and 13 years of medical practice allow her to see clearly how Chinese medicine evolved in terms of the full spectrum of human diseases. She graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM)  with a M.A.O.M. (Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). SIOM’s teaching philosophy emphasizes learning the classical texts in Chinese, while acupuncture is taught in a small, apprentice-style environment. She also completed the Medical Acupuncture training in 2006, before going on to study Chinese medicine in greater depth for the next five years.  She learned Chinese scalp acupuncture from Dr. Jason Hao. While she finds the problem solving in Chinese medicine a challenge intellectually, hands-on, intuitive sensation is equally important to her. 

Her credentials include:    M.D. and E.A.M.P. in Washington, Certification for Scalp Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) with title of Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.), National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). In addition to her M.D., she has a B.S., magna cum laude, in physics from UCLA. Her M.S. in chemistry, also from UCLA, focused on protein structure theory.

A self-described perpetual student, Michelle feels that her love of study will never be exhausted with Chinese medicine.  It is a life-long commitment to learning. She enjoys collaborating with the greater medical community, promoting the effective combination of Western and Eastern medicines. However, her main passion is for treating patients, with a special interest in infertility, stroke rehabilitation, and disorders of the nervous system.

Her daily ashtanga yoga practice, along with the use of herbs, helped her to remain balanced in her stressful medical career. It also gave her a sensitivity to energy. Growing up in Southern California, she became accustom to alternative medicines at a young age. She often would take herbs for a cold.  As a teen, her family dog was treated with herbs and acupuncture for epilepsy.  His tonic-clonic seizures entirely stopped, and he lived to a ripe old age, without having any seizures.  As an adult, acupuncture helped her recover from a facial nerve injury that occurred after wisdom tooth extraction due to a ‘dry socket’. The severe pain she experienced with chewing almost completely resolved after one acupuncture treatment. Although she has been giving acupuncture treatments for years, seeing remarkable results continues to fuel her passion for oriental medicine.

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