Matt found Classical Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine over 15 years ago while dealing with his own healing crisis; for a decade he suffered from debilitating insomnia, fatigue, and digestive complaints that were untreatable by conventional medicine. It was only after having had consistent acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments that his health and life dramatically improved. Inspired by this healing process, Matt made the choice to devote himself to Classical Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, so that he may help others going through similar health situations.
Before studying Oriental medicine, Matthew was an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest, and spent 3 years in strict monastic practice as a Zen Buddhist Monk. This monastic training included study in classical Buddhist thought and psychology; classical insight and meditation practices, including Koan study; and finally, aspects of modern psychology.