Thursday, January 17, 2019

In Memory of Acupuncturist David Sokulski





David Edward Sokulski, age 50, passed away suddenly in Pittsburgh, PA, on Monday, January 7, 2019.

David was born on June 13, 1968 in Pittsburgh, to Edward and Rita (Estu) Sokulski. David graduated Plum High School in 1986, then earned a degree in Chemistry from Duquesne University in 1990. In 1995 he spent a year teaching English in South Korea, and returned to the United States to earn a Masters Degree in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, then in Watertown MA, in 1999. That same year he married Melissa Oliphant, also an acupuncturist, and his first daughter, Molly Sara Sokulski, was born. Together in 2000, they returned to Pittsburgh. In 2004 David and Melissa had their second daughter, Ella Dara, and in 2005 opened the Birch Center for Health on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

In 2007, David was preceded in death by his daughter Molly, then 8 years old.


David was a valued member of the community, quick to help others any way he could. He was friendly and outgoing.

David is survived by his wife Melissa; daughter Ella, 14; sister Sharon Mannella and her husband David; and parents Rita and Edward.

The Birch Center is closed indefinitely.

Rest in Peace, my love.