My first introduction to acupuncture came as the result of a severe injury while studying martial arts in South Korea. Acupuncture and its various adjunctive modalities enabled a swift recovery, and inspired me to seek a deeper understanding. This led me to Midwest College of Oriental Medicine where I received a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Followed by Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with certificates in both Massage Therapy, and Asian Body Therapy. Though my training was based heavily in traditional Chinese medicine, I remained fixated on the orthopedic/sport medicine applications.
I have trained with some of the foremost experts in sports acupuncture and orthopedics, enhancing my abilities to treat both chronic and acute conditions. Since beginning practice in 2008, I have refined my techniques to create a hybrid style that incorporates electricity-enhanced acupuncture, trigger points, dry needling, myofascial release, and kinetic chain activation. This enables me to create efficient and effective treatment plans for my patients.
Since my return to Marquette, MI, I have been involved in the creation of Trailhead Holistic Health Collective, a singular location that brings together specialists in the field of Holistic Medicine. Together we have been able to address some of the most complex and challenging presentations, and strive to provide the best possible outcomes to each and every person that finds their way to us.
In addition to my experience as a clinician, I have a passion for all outdoor activities that stem from my youth growing up in the Upper Peninsula. I am an avid world traveler, who enjoys cooking, home renovation, hiking, fishing, cycling, as well as gardening, and home brewing.
Headaches/ Neck Pain
Back Pain/ Sciatica
Leg/ Ankle/ Foot Pain
Frozen Shoulder/ Rotator Cuff Injury
Carpal Tunnel/ Arthritis
Surgical Recovery/ Pre-Operative
Palliative/ Drug Free Alternative
Sports acupuncture was developed with an understanding of neurology and the functions of muscles. The first step to treatment with acupuncture is an assessment of which muscles may be contributing to the condition. Once this is defined, we are able to find the points in which nerves meet those muscles, known as motor points. When an acupuncture needle is used on a motor point, it causes a twitch response and releases tight contracted bands of muscle - like hitting a reset button on the muscle. This results in often immediate pain relief and improved muscle strength.
In addition to traditional dry needling acupuncture, I often incorporate soft tissue manipulation that can include cupping and Gua Sha to relieve pain, increase flexibility and mobility, and enhance daily and athletic performance. We begin with a thorough assessment and combine manual muscle testing and orthopedic testing to create a treatment plan that is tailor-made to your specific condition.
- Frequently Asked Questions -
How can orthopedic acupuncture help me?
Is acupuncture painful?
Do you do Dry Needling?
Yes I do. I have been doing dry needling for years, and have spent a great deal of time and effort to safely administer this modality.
Do you reuse needles?
No, never! Every needle is single-use, and fully sterilized. They are made of surgical grade stainless steel and are very, very strong. They get used once, and then properly disposed of.
Do I need a doctors referal for acupuncture?
Patients do not need a referral to be treated with acupuncture. However, some private insurance companies do require a doctor’s referral. Please check with your private insurance company before making an appointment.
Do you accept insurance?
No. I do not bill insurance directly. However, if your insurance plan does cover acupuncture, I can provide receipts that contain all the nessessary information for you to seek reimbursment.
How many sessions will I need?
What should I wear?
It is best to wear comfortable, loose clothing. If we are working on the lower body, wear shorts. If we are working on the shoulder, neck or midback area, wear a tank top with access to the area that hurts.
What should I do after treatment?
Why choose MQT Acupuncture and Bodywork?
What is bodywork?
Clinical Bodywork is a term I use to define manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and fascia). It is not to be confused with "massage". This is specifically targeting locations of disfunction, and manually breaking up adhesions/knots in order to restore proper function by whatever modalities will be most beneficial. Adjunctive therapies include: traditional fire-cupping, Gua Sha (Graston technique), or simple direct manual pressure.
- TESTIMONIALS -
I woke up today and went for a run, and my foot feels better than it has in months. Very pleased with the work you've done for me. Thanks
After a day of hard climbing, I fully expected to pay the price. I didn't have to take anything, just stretched, and I could raise my arms almost straight up with no pain. Thanks
Marc, just got done with my run. All I can say is AMAZING! Legs felt fabulous. I pushed the pace a bit at the end and they felt really good. Thank you for your great work.
Just finished the marathon, and am pleased to say my knee never hurt. Not even once, and it still feels great even now. Thanks for getting me to the starting line healthy, so I could enjoy the race of a lifetime!
Oh my Gosh! Thank you! My hips just came alive! I feel all the muscles engaging like they haven't in years. Before, they felt dense, solid, and heavy. All I wanted to do was sit. Now I can move, move, move!