Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Treatment Tuesday: Acupuncturist David Sokulski

Many of you already know him, but I thought I'd take the time to introduce you to David Sokulski, acupuncturist at the Birch Center for Health.

David grew up in Plum Boro, PA (near Monroeville), and earned a degree in Chemistry from Duquesne University. He worked as a chemist for a few years before taking a year off to teach English in Osan City, South Korea.

When he returned from Korea, he attended the New England School of Acupuncture, outside of Boston, MA, where David earned his masters degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

David returned to Pittsburgh in 2000 and opened The Birch Center for Health with wife (and acupuncturist) Melissa Sokulski. We have been in our current South Side location since 2005.

David sees the majority of patients at The Birch Center, working mainly Monday through Thursday, from 9 am until 9 pm.

Acupuncture is a treatment of the whole person, and David understands this well. He is a very observant practitioner, listening well to his clients, and treating the whole person. He has treated people with a vast array of conditions, from acute and chronic pain to digestive problems to infertility. (Please see our list of conditions that acupuncture has been proven successful for, from the World Health Organization.) He has treated professional actors, musicians and athletes as well as young children with autistic spectrum disorders.

In addition to Traditional Chinese style needling, David often uses adjunct therapies such as cupping, gua sha and moxibution when situations call for it (no extra charge for these treatments.) He will often also teach a parent, partner or friend to do these therapies (such as gua sha or moxa), helping people learn to help themselves and each other.

David also has extensive experience with herbal medicine and nutritional supplements, and when patients request, David is skilled at being able to tweak people's diets in even small ways that show dramatic results in people's health and well-being.

If you do have any questions for David or would like to schedule an appointment, he can be reached by phone at (412) 381-0116 or by email: BirchCenter@gmail.com.

Thanks so much!

Love to all,

Melissa Sokulski

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