About John Flavin

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and the traveling started just before my 16th birthday. On the way to moving to Silicon Valley in 1984 there were stops in New Jersey, Illinois, North Carolina, Colorado and Thailand. Signposts on this journey included 4 years in the United States Air Force, a B.S. and M.S. in computer science and working in high tech in all four time zones.

California has been my home since 1984 .  I’ve traveled the state from Mt. Shasta in the north to the Salton Sea in the south. I tried to work myself to death in Silicon valley, but did not succeed.  I enjoyed backpacking, hiking, skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing on weekends and vacations. If you get the feeling that I work as hard as I play consider yourself very perceptive. Then the Universe decided it was time for a change.

The Catalyst
In February of 2000 I became a medical miracle (a dubious distinction). The head of the pulmonary department at Stanford told me that I had “a 6 inch banana slug” in my chest. Pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) are very dangerous and saddle embolisms, such as the one I had, are almost always fatal. I survived, recovered and initiated significant change in my life and profession.

The Journey
I received Process Acupressure sessions for several years, which lead to a Process Acupressure class in 2000. This opened the door to classes in Acupressure, Tui Na Massage, Process Acupressure, Zero Balancing and even Shamanism. I started a Tui Na and Acupressure practice in 2002. My studies continued, and the first milestone I achieved was the award of the Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl. A.B.T. (NCCAOM)) in 2004.

That was the first national exam I passed, and it was followed immediately by work towards a Master of Medical Qi Gong which morphed into the masters program in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University. I graduated in 2010. Shortly after graduation, the state of California licensed me as an acupuncturist and the NCCAOM named me a  Diplomate of Acupuncture.

The Practice
Since the transition from engineering manager to a licensed physician I have practiced Chinese Medicine at Integrated Healing Arts in Palo Alto, CA. You can learn more about my work today by looking at the testimonials and case studies on this site.