My Mentors

Dr. Richard Tan

dr-tanDr. Richard Tan was a Taiwanese master acupuncturist and teacher.  He is the originator of his system of acupuncture called the Balance Method.  He completely changed the way I practice acupuncture.  In the early 1990’s I was living in Japan and was struck by a horrible facial pain condition called trigeminal neuralgia.  The pain felt like the left side of my face was on fire and was unrelenting.  Conventional medicine had no solution so I saw a Japanese acupuncturist.  He inserted several needles into my opposite hand and the pain instantly reduced by 90%.  It seemed unbelievable to me.  However, when I went through my Chinese medicine schooling I never learned this type of acupuncture.  The techniques I learned in school seemed weak in comparison and lacked the immediacy and consistency of what I had experienced.  I was so disillusioned after a couple years of practice that I was considering quitting.

That’s when I met Dr. Richard Tan.  He taught acupuncture in its truest sense, not the dumbed down version systematized by the Communists after the Cultural Revolution, which is what is currently taught in the schools.  He showed me how to get instant results that led to permanent healing.  I studied with him every year for a decade.  I learned all I could about the Balance Method style of distal acupuncture and the methods of Tung style acupuncture.  He was a charismatic, funny, and unparalleled in his skill as an acupuncturist and teacher.  I would not be in practice today if it were not for the teachings of Dr. Richard Tan.  He passed away in early 2016.

I will miss you, Dr. Tan.  I am eternally grateful for your teachings.


Dr. Daniel Kalish

dr-kaeleshDaniel Kalish, D.C., is a pioneer, having developed his own model of Functional Medicine founded on 20 years of successful clinical results while working with over 8,000 patients in his private practice.  He has certified over 1,000 practitioners worldwide in The Kalish Method which solves patient challenges through a proven lab based mentorship program addressing the three key areas of Hormones, GI and Detoxification. He has trained practitioners from Dr. Mercola’s medical staff to Mayo Clinic physicians in Kalish Method functional medicine protocols.

Dr. Kalish received his B.A. in Physiological Psychology & Philosophy from Antioch College in Ohio and completed his Chiropractic degree in California.  He also studied at the University of London and conducted research with biochemist Dr. Robin Monroe at Cambridge University. His studies led him to mentoring with renowned psychiatrist Dr. R.D. Lang utilizing drug-free treatments for schizophrenics.

More recently, Dr. Kalish proudly served as an advisor to the Honorable Patrick Kennedy and participated in the first One Mind For Research conference held in Boston in 2011 where 200 of the nation’s top neuroscientists gathered to form a unified front to promote research on brain disorders.

He is the author of two books, “The Kalish Method: Healing the Body Mapping the Mind” and “Your Guide to Healthy Hormones” and is a frequently requested speaker for health summits across the United States.