Practitioners

Kyle Shinners · Jared Andersen

Kyle Shinners, M.S., L.Ac., HHP

RVE_Kyle_Shinners_web_ (9 of 7)Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Kyle was an All-American lacrosse player who studied Medical Anthropology at Harvard University, graduating with honors in 2001. During his athletic career, he suffered two major knee injuries that required reconstructive surgery and massive rehabilitation. Fortunately these adversities led Kyle to find Traditional Chinese Medicine and sparked his innate gift and passion for integrative medicine.

Post graduation, inspired by the way of the ancient wandering Daoist, Kyle simplified his possessions and journeyed forth to study and apprentice with master teachers, physicians and medicine people from various cultures around the world. For over a decade now, he has treated thousands of clients as a certified Massage Therapist and a DCT master trainer (www.dynamiccontractiontechnique.com). Currently, he continues to deepen his knowledge as a member of the DongHan Clan under the direct study of Daoist Grandmaster Sung Baek and is completing a Doctoral Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.

Whether sitting in stillness as a lay monk in Wat Suan Mokhe, facilitating stretching for Olympic athletes, practicing horse stance in the clouds of Wu Dang Mountain, treating high rise executives in Manhattan, chopping wood for the homestead, or simply changing his daughter’s diaper, Kyle has come to recognize all experience as an opportunity to heal and evolve as humans.

As an integrative practitioner, Kyle balances his vast experience of high performance athletic training and rehabilitation with years of practice in the wisdom teachings of yoga, tai ji, meditation and TCM. He combines a uniquely diverse set of technical skills and a highly developed intuitive touch to create a safe environment for optimum healing. Each treatment and coaching session dramatically increases body-mind awareness, and empowers clients with the personal tools to unlock their highest potential.  

Jared Andersen, M.S., L.Ac., HHP

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After three years of premedical studies, Jared graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a BA in Philosophy in 2001.  In 1998 he began a deep study of Chinese Kung Fu, Qigong, Buddhism, and Taoist philosophy.  Passionate about health and healing but seeing the limitations of Western medicine through the lens of his own sports injuries, he discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine from his Kung Fu teacher.  Having had amazing results with acupuncture, he realized that he could study and practice a medicine that integrates a living and practical Eastern philosophy.  

Jared began his formal studies of TCM in 2003.  While in school he concurrently earned a 1000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner certification and worked building a thriving practice in an integrative health facility. He has completed internships at the UCSD RIMAC center treating NCAA athletes with sports related orthopedic injuries and at the University of California’s free downtown health clinic treating a wide array of psychological, internal, and orthopedic disorders. He has also studied privately with one of San Diego’s most respected Chinese medical scholars, J. Min Fan in the classical texts of Chinese medicine. In 2006 he opened his private practice in San Diego treating patients with tui na bodywork, herbal medicine, moxibustion, and qigong instruction. After 5 years of formal study Jared earned his M.S.T.A.O.M degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.  In 2008 he founded Evolution Acupuncture.

Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification.  This is an extensive two year postgraduate program involving the study of advanced anatomy, orthopedic disorders and evaluation, postural analysis and corrective exercise application, and therapeutic methods utilizing modern sports medicine therapy in conjunction with traditional Chinese acupuncture techniques.   Jared has had the opportunity to work directly with NCAA, Olympic, NFL, and pro surfing athletes in both injury rehabilitation and prevention.

Currently living in Northern California, Jared travels throughout the state seeing patients.  He is a certified Wing Sing Tong International Shaolin Luohan Therapeutic Qigong Association instructor under Grandmaster Chen Yong Fa and teaches regular classes for professionals and public in the use of qigong for improving health and wellbeing.  He is a California Acupuncture Board authorized continuing education provider and teaches the application of martial movement science to clinical medicine.

Passionate about encouraging healing from physical, mental, and spiritual perspectives, Jared is both an experienced clinical physician treating pain and physical disorders but also aides in personal development through coaching and instruction in mindfulness and breath practice.   Jared believes that Chinese medicine is a medicine for the people. The philosophy that education and personal empowerment through modern and ancient systems of knowledge is the path of true healing and well being is at the core of his practice.