BS in Microbiology from the University of Florida
Masters in Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl.O.M.) issued by NCCAOM
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in Oregon
Matt was born and raised in Key West, FL. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, his love of the water and surfing took him to San Diego, CA. It was there he met his wife and found his calling in the healing arts. His passion for helping others inspired him to become a massage therapist and motivated him through the Masters of Science program in Traditional Oriental Medicine (TCM) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The crowded city life of San Diego helped instill a greater appreciation and love for the outdoors. Being filled with water and surrounded by forests made Bend the perfect choice for he and his wife to start the next chapter of their life together.
Matthew has been helping friends and family with his healing hands for almost 20 years. In his practice as a massage therapist, he learned many styles: Swedish-style Circulatory Massage, Shiatsu, and energy healing based on Chinese Qi Gong meditation. His primary modality was Tui Na, which is based in the theories of TCM and still incorporated into his treatments.
Matthew's interest in Chinese Medicine draws from the holistic view of the medicine, along with the naturalistic ideas of returning the body's internal environment to harmony and balance. As an Acupuncturist, he is rooted in his compassion and his wish to bring comfort and good health to his patients, striving to listen to their needs, and focusing his warm hands and caring heart to provide a relaxing and healing space. He helps harmonize and balance his patients with an open thought process employing different diagnosing strategies (Zang-Fu Theory, Channel Theory, 5 Element) and therapeutic techniques, including massage, acupuncture, herbs, as well as other complementary techniques.
When not in the clinic, Matthew loves the outdoors. He has always loved the water: snorkeling, fishing, and in particular surfing, and has enjoyed taking on kayaking. He is thrilled to be out surrounded by trees and finding the lakes, streams and waterfalls of Oregon. Having known summer and spring, he has found a love for winter and has dived into snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding. All of these activities are especially enjoyed by Matthew with his wonderful wife Jenni.