About Your Practitioner
Chris Dewey, PhD, LAc, MAcOM, Dipl.OM, is a graduate of Traditional Chinese Medicine from AOMA (the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin). Chris is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc #004) in the State of Wyoming, and a board-certified practitioner holding Diplomate status in Oriental Medicine from NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). The AOMA program included 2000 hours of didactic study and more than 1000 hours of clinical practice as an intern. By the time Chris graduated, magna cum laude, he had acquired clinical skills in a variety of acupuncture modalities as well as skills in moxibustion, cupping, and herbal medicine. As an integral part of the program, Chris completed didactic and clinical work that allowed him to become a certified acud-detox specialist certified through NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), and a practitioner of Asian bodywork, in both Tuina (therapeutic, massage-based bodywork) and Medical Qigong (energetic bodywork) certified through AOBTA (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia). Chris is also certified through NAHPCA (National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists) as the only certified Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturist in the State of Wyoming.
Additionally, Chris serves as President of the Wyoming Acupuncture Society.
To compliment his skills in Oriental Medicine, Chris is also a professional life coach certified by iPEC (Institutes of Professional Excellence in Coaching) as well as a Reiki Master certified by the Independent Reiki Teachers Association and a member of IARP (International Association of Reiki Practitioners).
In other areas of his life, Chris began training as a martial artist in 1969 and holds 7th degree black belt rank in Ju Jutsu, 6th degree in Judo, 4th degree in Taekwondo and 3rd degree in Hapkido. Chris has been a martial arts business owner, as well as a national-level competitor, coach and referee. He was the United States Judo Association Coach of the Year in 1998 and was inducted in the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2000.
Chris is also a published author, and an award-winning nature photographer. He began taking photographs along the south coast of England when he about twelve. Since those early days with a camera, he has photographed on four continents. It was only a few years after taking his first photographs that Chris wrote his first poem. Since then, Chris has published five books of poetry.
Coincidentally, it was in 1969 that Chris decided that he was going to become a geologist and a university professor when he grew up.
Later, he decided not to grow up.
Chris followed his dreams and passions, acquired his doctorate in Canada and was a university professor at Mississippi State University for almost thirty years. At MSU, Chris held his primary faculty position as a geologist in the Department of Geosciences, and held an adjunct position as a martial artist in the Department of Kinesiology. Additionally, Chris was a member of the Honors Faculty, and served the College of Arts and Sciences as Director of the General Science degree program, When he retired from MSU, Chris sold the martial arts business that he owned alongside his university career, moved to Texas and enrolled at AOMA Graduate School for Integrative Medicine. While he was at AOMA, Chris was a member of the adjunct faculty and taught the Practice Management class. Alongside being a full-time student at AOMA, he continued to train in the martial arts and taught Traditional Ju Jutsu and Taiji classes at Dance International in Austin. Since moving to Laramie, Chris has started teaching again, this time in the Honors College at the University of Wyoming, offering a class in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Models of Health Care. Chris also teaches Taiji in a community setting.
The drive to study Traditional Chinese Medicine was stimulated by another of Chris' life dreams. If you think about martial arts for a moment, you will come to the realization that learning 'self-defense' is not always about physical combat, it is also about health, well-being and compassion. It was natural that his long-standing desire to learn about Oriental Medicine grew very quickly once the martial journey had begun. It may seem paradoxical, but geology also figured strongly in the desire to study Oriental Medicine. Humanity is an integral part of the planetary ecosystem. We are part of the Earth. If, as individuals, or as a global society, we are out of balance, it is not difficult to see that we would move planetary systems to a condition of imbalance. To understand our place in nature and nature's place in us, we need only to keep an open mind and remember Shakespeare's immortal words:
"There are more things in heaven and earth,
Horatio, than are dream't of in your philosophies."
In summary then, if there is one thread that binds all of these pieces together, it is the notion of embracing a journey of life-long learning and discovery coupled with the desire to be a useful instrument of service. It is through the crucible of his life experiences that Chris has acquired the deeply compassionate, intuitive and practical clinical skills of an Oriental Medicine practitioner.
So...in the not so accurately quoted words of Robert Frost...
"Two paths diverged in a wood and I...
...I made a third."
Chris still hasn't grown up.