Wendy Brown is a licensed acupuncturist who, in 1990, graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, the first accredited acupuncture institution in the United States. Wendy followed in the footsteps of her father, a western-trained doctor who preceded her as a N.E.S.A. graduate in 1985. Wendy is the first student in this country to have graduated in a familial lineage, becoming the 1st second-generation practitioner of Chinese medicine in the USA. 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 both she and her father to be 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, she has explored modalities of eastern medicine, Qi gong, meditation, forms of body work, cranio-sacral, breathwork, colorpuncture light therapy, and psycho-spiritual counseling 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, as well as supporting Asheville’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 offers.
- 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, Wendy has been fortunate to have devoted her medical skills to care for Tibetan refugees living in exile in Central India.
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