Monday, January 5, 2015

Native Pittsburgher, Acupuncturist David Sokulski, Celebrates 15th Anniversary Homecoming

Acupuncturist David Sokulski, who practices acupuncture at the Birch Center, a natural health practice in Pittsburgh's South Side, is celebrating his 15th year back in Pittsburgh.

Sokulski, who grew up in Plum Boro and graduated from Plum High School and Duquesne University left Pittsburgh in 1995 for Osan, South Korea, where he taught English for a year. After that he studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Boston at the New England School of Acupuncture, earning his masters degree in 1999. He returned to Pittsburgh early in 2000 with his wife and new family.

His family moved to Pittsburgh’s South Side Slopes neighborhood, and soon opened The Birch Center, a center for natural health, on East Carson Street.

“We love Pittsburgh,” says wife Melissa Oliphant Sokulski, also an acupuncturist who grew up in Syracuse, NY, a city in the news lately for having the most snowfall of any city in the US, beating out Buffalo, which only came in 9th.

“Pittsburgh is a beautiful city,” says Melissa. “We love the rivers and parks. There are so many cultural events, it’s a great place to raise children.”

David says, “I knew I wanted to come back to Pittsburgh. I love the people, the geography, and the positive energy of the region.”

And how does an acupuncture practice fare in Pittsburgh, as opposed to a city like Boston?

“There are definitely more acupuncturist in Boston, thousands more,” Dave explained. “We have a small community here, but closer. We know each other and help each other out.”

And the clientele?

“People here might be more hesitant at first to get acupuncture, but Pittsburgh has become an international city so people are open. Once people come in and their chronic pain disappears or women diagnosed with infertility become pregnant, when they find that acupuncture is actually comfortable and relaxing, they come back and tell their friends.”

More information about acupuncture, The Birch Center, and David Sokulski can be found at his website, or by calling (412) 381-0116.

Welcome home David. Happy 15th Anniversary.