Wendy Brown is a licensed acupuncturist who graduated in 1990 from the New England School of Acupuncture, the first accredited acupuncture institution in the United States. Additionally, Wendy was the first Westerner to have graduated in a family lineage from an accredited acupuncture school in the US. Wendy followed in the footsteps of her father, a Doctor of Dental Surgery graduate of Tufts University, whose first love was biochemistry, and whose life’s work included relentless study of scholarly medical journals, in certain instances, implementing practices before their time as accepted in the medical mainstream.
Among these explorations was his thorough study and subsequent undertaking of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He preceded Wendy as a N.E.S.A. graduate in 1984 having completed 5 years of study in Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Her father’s erudite scope in the practices of both Western and Eastern medicines was a great privilege of perspective which Wendy intently absorbed under his tutelage. It was a privilege for them both, in the pioneering generation of Westerners who discovered the richness that lay in Chinese medicine, in a time when practitioners, teachers, and students of Chinese medicine in the West were few and the profession was getting on its feet.
After completing post-graduate studies at N.E.S.A. Wendy spent six months in China studying at The Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou. Practicing as an intern under several esteemed physicians in a hospital facility, she gained a greater understanding in the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Over the years, Wendy’s evolution and growth have been guided by teachings from accomplished scholars and practitioners who strongly influence modern currents of oriental medicine; namely, Dr. Giovanni Maciocia, Jeffrey Yuen, Bob Flaws, Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, Kiiko Matsumoto, among significant others.
She has worked in busy settings with other acupuncturists, in mash unit formation, in a hospital setting, and in private practice. As an inspired seeker of holistic healing for her own growth, Wendy has explored modalities of Eastern medicine, Qigong, meditation, forms of body work, cranio-sacral, breathwork, colorpuncture light therapy, psycho-spiritual counseling, and now yoga, as bridges to develop perspective and balance.
In 1994 Wendy settled in Asheville North Carolina where she and her family reside. Over the years she grows increasingly attuned with the natural elements of this beautiful region; the majestic mists, plant and wildlife that grace these mountains, and appreciation for mountain history and culture. Wendy is an ardent animal lover and advocate. She has been an Asheville small business owner since 1996 and supports other businesses that purvey organic, cruelty-free, vegan, non-gmo, no palm oil, eco-friendly products and services, and supports the region’s ‘Buy Local’ economy.
Areas of Further Interest
- Researching the effective method of auricular (ear) acupuncture to facilitate chemical detoxification, Wendy gained practical knowledge which she uses to assist patients in her practice in substance detoxification. Fieldwork and training in New York City and Boston area facilities that successfully apply this 5 point auricular method have inspired the Acu~Detox Group format that Elemental Changes has offered.
- Wendy’s experience has extended to the care of postpartum mothers and newborns as a home support provider/doula in the greater Boston area. This was an extensive and enriching 7 year work exploration that profoundly highlighted her understanding of the needs and marvels of ushering in new life.
- Dedicated to the ancient practices of acupuncture and herbal medicine, and sensitive to the Tibetan people’s plight, in 1994 Wendy was fortunate to have devoted her medical skills to care for Tibetan refugees living in exile in Central India, alongside the late Dr. Marsha Woolf, whose foundation was endorsed and overseen by the office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. And in 2017 Wendy travelled to Tibet on a spiritual pilgrimage in the nomadic region of Kham.