In 2002, Chad graduated from the Central Louisiana School of Therapeutic Massage and began practicing Massage Therapy in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, He relocated to New York City, to begin his formal study of Chinese Medicine. He began at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with an AOS in Massage Therapies, studying Chinese Medical Massage, Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage, the History of Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Reflexology, and Alexander Technique. He also studied Yang style Qi gong and Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) under Master Fukui Yang.
Chad Johnson continued on to earn his Masters Degree in Acupuncture from Tri-state College of Acupuncture. At Tri-state he studied multiple styles including APM (Acupuncture Physical Medicine) with Dr. Mark Seem, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) with Dr. Sharon Zhao, and Five Element and Alchemical Acupuncture with Lorie Dechar. This provided a solid foundation of organ theory (zang fu) and channel theory (jing luo). In addition, he studied extensively under the dynamic guidance of Master Kiiko Matsumoto in Japanese KM (Kiiko Matsumoto) style, which features palpation of the abdomen and channels as a powerful diagnostic tool.
Chad also had the honor of studying Chinese Medical Massage under the tutelage of Tom Bisio and Frank Butler. Zheng Gu Tui Na incorporates Qi Gong, Medical Massage, and Chinese herbs, liniments, and plasters, to treat sports injuries, acute trauma, and musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Additionally, he trained in the NADA protocol (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) at the renowned Lincoln Recovery Center in the Bronx. The NADA protocol encourages serious detoxification and community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture treatment to support behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, disaster and emotional trauma. Chad integrates each style and approach into his practice according to patient need.
Chad specializes in sports injuries, repetitive strain disorders, and other orthopedic conditions. His interests include Integrative Medicine, food as medicine, and local, sustainable living. He lives with his wife and daughter in the mountains of Asheville, NC.
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