Joseph Siuda is a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Idaho and holds a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. He uses acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Tai Chi Movement to promote optimal health and well-being in his clients.

His passion for Tai Chi and Taoist philosophy led him to study at the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin, where he earned a Master‘s degree in 2004. He was certified to teach Tai Chi in 1999 by the Peaceful Dragon School of Tai Chi Chuan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“David Carradine in the TV series Kung Fu was my childhood hero and spawned my interest in the Far East. Carrying only a bamboo flute, a small satchel of herbs and the clothes on his back the lone Shaolin Monk in the Old West spread justice, healing and Eastern philosophy wherever he wandered. I first became interested in the healing arts through my involvement in Shorinji Kempo, a Japanese martial art where acupressure was taught alongside techniques for self-defense. In my twenties I discovered Tai Chi, where Taoist philosophy is embodied in graceful movement and health and self defense benefits are united in one art.

My Master’s thesis research on the Japanese use of Chinese Herbs as a cultural anthropology student further ignited my interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which led me to pursue formal training in 2001 at the Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Health and information is freedom. At its heart, TCM is a very practical healing system. Once the language barrier is overcome and a few key concepts are introduced Chinese Medicine is simple to understand. My goal is to demystify TCM and empower patients to take charge of their own health.”
Joe enjoys reading (especially Sci Fi / Fantasy) and hiking (Arches in Moab, best walk ever).

Authors who had greatest influence on me as teen: Frank Herbert (Dune series), Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Richard Bach. Currently interested in what cutting edge nutritionist David Wolfe and Dr. Mercola have to say.

EDUCATION

Master of Oriental Medicine, Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004
Awarded Lisa Lin Foundation Scholarship 2001; NuHerbs scholarship recipient 2002

M.A., Anthropology, Western Michigan University, 1997
Emphasis in Cultural Anthropology, Asian Medical Systems
Department award recipient of outstanding performance as a graduate student 1993-1994

B.A., Sociology, Michigan State University, 1991
Japan Center for Michigan Universities, semester study in Japan 1989
Member of Tower Guard (honors and service organization) 1989

EMPLOYMENT

2012-Current Instructor of Eastern Medical Theory at the International Institute of Massage Therapy

2011-Current Integris Holistic Medical and Spa

uly 2007-Current Golden Compass Oriental Medicine, LLC
Owner, Acupuncturist, Tai Chi Instructor

2005- July 2007 Center for Health Resources
Self-Employed Acupuncturist

2005- 2006 San Jacinto Chiropractic, Inc.
Acupuncturist in two Chiropractic offices

2003- 2005 Diversified Youth Services
Instructor for Alert Child anti-kidnapping program

2003-2005 City of Austin
Tai Chi Instructor at South Austin Senior Activity Center

2002-2005 City of Austin
Tai Chi Instructor at Shoal Crest Senior Activity Center

1994-1995 Department of Continuing Education, WMU
Anthropology Instructor

1992-1994 Department of Anthropology, WMU
Teaching Assistant

CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Acupuncturist State of Idaho
Certified Tai Chi Instructor 1999 Peaceful Dragon School
Oriental Sports Training 1996 Chinese Cultural Center

Acupuncture Continuing Education Credits include Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, Korean Hand Acupuncture, Traumatology, Migraine headaches