During my career as an acupuncturist I have included outreach as part of my plan as a way of 'giving back' to the community. My first major effort was to get involved with The Center in Asbury Park which provided housing and day care support to people suffering from HIV/AIDS related illnesses. We were fortunate enough to get a grant from Robert Wood Johnson and had 2 acupuncturists, massage therapists and a Reiki practitioner helping hundreds of people.
During the last 4 years I have worked with the VA in getting proper treatment for our Veterans, a very gratifying experience for me. I have trained with Acupuncturists Without Borders to bring emergency treatment to people affected by natural and man-made disasters such as Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Earthquakes.
During Superstorm Sandy I volunteered to treat people affected in Ocean County, New Jersey. Since I am a member of Neptune Township Office of Emergency Management I interact with many First Responders, Fire Fighters, EMTs, and Law Enforcement and I have a special program for treating all of them.
And now, after 11 years in practice I have decided to travel to Nepal to help with the Acupuncture Relief Project which has been treating thousands of people. I'll be heading to Nepal in early March, returning in late April. While I am there I will be treating at least 20 people per day 5-6 days a week and training local people how to practice acupuncture so this is a sustained benefit to the people there. We expect the Program to be self-sustaining by 2020.