Rob Balko is Board-Certified by the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
and licensed to practice acupuncture in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has been in practice since 2005 and has extensive training in many styles of acupuncture. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and has trained with world renowned acupuncturists including Dr. Richard Tan, Dr. Henry McCann, Huo Zhi Liang, Dr. Shi Xue Min, Kiiko Matsumoto and Dr. Mark Seem. He is a graduate of The Eastern School of Acupuncture in Montclair, NJ and has been trained in China and Thailand. Rob also has Qi Gong training with Dr Ou Wen Wei, Dr Wen Su Jian, Francesco Garripoli, and Daisy Lee.
Rob has direct clinical experience and positive results in the treatment of chronic and acute pain conditions, neuropathies, gynecological disorders, skin conditions, fatigue, stress, smoking cessation, fertility, weight loss, and emotional issues.
Rob is past Vice President of the New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine which advocates at the state level for the safe and effective practice of acupuncture and chinese medicine.
Prior to his professional training in Oriental Medicine, Rob Balko earned his MBA at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ and a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at Stockton University. Rob has been a consultant to many companies including Bell Labs, IBM, Agilent, AT&T and Cap-Gemini, Ernst & Young.
As an acupuncturist, Rob continues to receive training in areas relevant to his practice.
In March of 2018 Rob received specialized training from Doctor Thomas Whalen, Dr Andrew Miles and Xuelan Qui, a pharmacologist specializing in Chinese herbs and their interactions with pharmaceuticals. This specialized training is helping people who suffer from Fibromyaglia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, and other forms of chronic pain syndrome. For more information about this program go to our Fibromyalgia page.
In March of 2017 Rob traveled to Nepal to support the Acupuncture Relief Project where he lived in Bajrabarahi a small village about three hours from Kathmandu. There he, along with 4 other acupuncturists, provided primary medical care to hundreds of villagers of all ages. He diagnosed and treated about 25 people per day, six days a week for two months.
In January and February of 2014 Rob returned to studying with Dr. Henry McCann in Master Tung's Orthodox Acupuncture, a lineage acupuncture style dating back to the Han (200 BCE) Dynasty. He uses this style in his office every day to treat people with many chronic conditions.
In September of 2014, Rob traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study qi gong with Francesco Garripoli and Daisy Lee at the Tao Garden Spa and Resort. He also studied alternative medicines with other Doctors there and has been able to bring some of those healing modalities back to his practice.
In September of 2013, Rob returned to China to study qi gong with Dr Wan, a renowned qi gong master who, among many things, works with the Beijing Red Cross to support victims of natural disasters. He will be returning in 2014 for further training in Qi Gong and Energy Healing
In August 2013 Rob attended additional training with Acupuncturists Without Borders, an outreach organization that works in disaster areas around the globe providing stress and pain relief to survivors and first responders.
In September of 2012, Rob journeyed to China to study acupuncture for stroke and brain injury with Dr. Shi, founder of the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin. He also studied scalp acupuncture with Dr Huo, known for his 5 Needle Scalp Acupuncture Treatment. Finally, he received further training from Dr. Tan, with whom Rob has trained with since 2005.
In October of 2009, Rob received Training in Master Tung’s Orthodox Acupuncture with Henry McCann. Master Tung was trained by his father in a lineage of acupuncture that dates to the Han Dynasty (circa 200 B.C.E). Rob uses Tung Acupuncture everyday and is getting great results. He plans to attend further training this April 2010.
In August of 2008, Rob was trained by and became a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders an outreach organization that trains acupuncturists to provide relief in areas of natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy; Joplin, MO; New Orleans post-Katrina; NYC post-911; and Haiti.
In February of 2007, Rob attended the TOBACUFREE smoking cessation training. This program is designed for people who want to quit and it is 100% guaranteed! Rob has been using this system for many years with many successful outcomes. If you want to quit for the last time, check out the Smoking & Addictions Page.
In October 2006 he attended training in Tong Ren. This will expand his capabilities for many medical conditions including diabetes, colitis, fibromyalgia, depression, and arthritis to name just a few. For more information about The Tong Ren Healing system please contact the office.
In September of 2006, he attended a training session with Dr Michael Berkley on Fertility and Childbirth at the Berkeley Center in NYC. This training has allowed him to pursue his goal of helping people create families and manage care through pregnancy and to delivery.
In September of 2005 he trained with Dr. Richard Tan on his renowned Balance Method and uses this style extensively to help people heal from chronic pain issues.