MICHAEL JOHNSTON, LAc, M.S.O.M. obtained his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2000 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM.
He is licensed by the California Acupuncture Board and nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
After graduation, Michael journeyed to Chengdu, China to continue his education in Chinese medicine and Chinese language at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. For over two years, he worked directly with doctors in their clinics including herbalists, pediatricians and gynecologists.
He continues to study Mandarin Chinese and translate research articles and clinical trials published in Chinese medical journals.
He currently has editor titles for three published works, giving him access to current data being created in China, as well as helping him broaden his understanding of how Chinese medicine works in a classical context while exploring it from a Western scientific perspective.
Acupuncture as a first-line therapy for pain
“Everything we do creates everything we are.”
About our office
Michael Johnston has practiced in New York, Colorado and California in general practice for 13 years treating everything from allergies to gynecological problems to digestive issues. His practice now is dedicated to the alleviation of pain and to pain management without the use of potentially harmful narcotics.
The healing modalities he practices include acupuncture, herbology, cupping, tui na and gua sha.
“I appreciate you taking the time to visit our site and make an informed decision regarding your healthcare. As I have grown as a practitioner I have become acutely interested in how and why pain occurs, how body mechanics interact in a pain syndrome and how pain can affect not only a person’s physical body, but their emotional body as well. I have found Chinese medicine to play an essential role within this terrain.
It is my belief that acupuncture should be a first-line therapy in any pain scenario.
Pain management is a process of discovery that encompasses the whole person and the environment in which that person exists. I take into account any and all factors that may be either a direct pain mechanism or a contributing factor in your situation.
First we must identify all these elements, then create strategies that manifest alleviation rather than aggravation.”
If you have questions regarding how acupuncture and Chinese medicine may help manage
or eliminate your pain please feel free to call me at 707-978-6465.
Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 to 5:00. To make an appointment please call 707-978-6465
Empire Traditional Chinese Medicine is located at 1030 Second St, Santa Rosa 95404 (see map).
My initial visit at the time of service is $75, follow up visits are $60.
We are a preferred provider for several insurance plans including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Healthnet, United Healthcare, Aetna. If you are not sure if your insurance plan has an acupuncture benefit please call us and we will help to verify this for you. We also handle worker's compensation and personal injury cases.