David Foster, L.Ac.
I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, having earned my Master's degree in 2013 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. My training included four years of education in the principles of Chinese Medicine, including cupping, moxibustion, nutrition and qi gong. I completed my externship at Housing Works' LGBT Center in Greenwich Village and have practiced professionally in Manhattan and The Bronx.
My two-year residency was under Dr. Frank Butler at Evolve Health and Wellness, where I studied oncology as well as tui-na massage for orthopedic issues. Additionally, two years studying Tianjin Hospital's approach to treating neurological disorders under Dr. Clayton Shiu, and I completed Botanical Biohacking's workshops on the use of herbal medicine and qi gong to treat autoimmune diseases and the microbiome.
Although my present "weapon of choice" is yoga, I hold a black belt in Karate, and studied qi gong under the tutelage of acclaimed teachers such as Tom Bisio and William Kaplanidis. I am a contributing blogger to Elephant Journal, and worked for 15 years as a stand-up comic, performing all over the world and appearing on MTV, HBO, as well as many major festivals.
Before adopting the lifestyle principles of Chinese Medicine I used to suffer with unbearably itchy and embarrassing eczema on my feet, as well as annual gout attacks (in the same body part), the latter of which I inherited from my father and were horrifically painful. Doctors advised me that because my condition has such a strong genetic component I would have to take gout medication daily for life. Instead, I've never taken the medication and attacks now come less frequently than ever before. I also experience little to no eczema symptoms. I share this not to brag, but to offer optimism to all those who are suffering, all those who feel hopeless and/or like they've "tried everything," there is always more to try. I believe a healer’s job is as much to educate as it is to treat, and through the intelligent efforts of patient and practitioner almost anything is possible.