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, cupping, moxibustion and nutrition. I completed my externship at Housing Works' LGBTQ Center and have been in private practice ever since.
I completed two voluntary residencies, one of 18 months under Dr. Frank Butler at Evolve Health and Wellness, where I studied oncology as well as tui-na massage for orthopedic issues. Another was one year studying Tianjin Hospital's approach to neurological disorders under Dr. Clayton Shiu. I am thoroughly educated in Botanical Biohacking's use of herbal medicine and qi gong to treat autoimmune diseases, as well as Dr. Ayla Wolff's approach to treating TBI and concussion syndrome.
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 previously worked for 15 years as a stand-up comic, performing all over the world and appearing on MTV, HBO, and Showtime.
Before adopting the lifestyle principles of Chinese Medicine I used to suffer with unbearable eczema on my feet, as well as annual gout attacks (in the same body part), the latter of which I inherited from my father . 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.