David received his  4 Year Masters degree in acupuncture and herbal medicine from the Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. David has over 10 years experience in the bodywork industry. Having completed a 4 year Bachelors undergraduate degree, Pre Medical Health Science degree.

While David was traveling abroad in China, he was in a car accident, at that time time the car hit him causing him to hit the pavement and he hurt his back. David went to the local hospital where they told them all they could do for his pain was give him pain killers. It was at that point that since he was in China, he should try acupuncture. As David was growing up his mother often encouraged him to use acupuncture and natural medicine so it was not completely unfamiliar to him. After a couple of treatments from a Chinese medicine practitioner / acupuncturist, he was out of pain.

David has spent the last couple of years studying with Andrew Nugent-Head, who has spent the last 20 years studying classical acupuncture from the leading acupuncturist in china and you can read more about him below.

David’s approach to treatment is holistic. He not only treats the issues that cause health problems and restrictions in the body, but also looks at the patient’s lifestyle and other external factors that may influence their symptoms and well-being and provides tools for managing those factors.

David has a comprehensive interest in health and fitness and has enjoyed participating in many sports throughout his life. He therefore has an excellent understanding of injuries and injury prevention, and has applied TCM and acupuncture methods with outstanding results.

After treating hundreds of patients, both in California and Maine, David opened up Phoenix Acupuncture with the hopes of reaching further into the community to provide a safe, effective, and natural healing alternative


About Andrew Nugent-Head

The Association for Traditional Studies (ATS) grew out of founder Andrew Nugent-Head’s early work translating for westerners visiting Beijing to meet and study with traditional practitioners there. In 1991, he was hired to work as a production assistant for Bill Moyers, who was filming the Mystery of Qi episode of his Healing and the Mind series which aired on PBS in 1993.

The Bill Moyers project threw into stark relief how fast the traditional arts were dying out. The few practitioners that were left were either too scared or too scattered around China to be filmed easily, and only a few practitioners were able to be interviewed. This sparked the creation of ATS, and the late professor Wang Jin-Huai (the calligrapher featured in the documentary) and Andrew Nugent-Head began traveling rural China by jeep to document the last traditional practitioners out there.

Guided by the late Dr. Lu Binkui, retired director of Chinese Medicine for the Ministry of Health, Professor Wang and Andrew drove throughout northern China to visit practitioners over a two year period. From remote villages to monasteries to factories, the two tracked down, interviewed and filmed some of the last traditional voices of pre communist China.

With the release of the Mystery of Qi on PBS, Professor Wang and Andrew found themselves invited to lecture and teach in the United States. Thus began the China Culture Lecture Series tours run by ATS and bringing different traditional practitioners to the United States and England. From 1994 to 2001, ATS organized 7 tours to the west, and from 1996-2005 12 intensive trainings to China. ATS also released over 60 educational videos and generated over $250,000 in income for the practitioners themselves.

By 2005, most of the old practioners had passed on. Professor Wang passed away in 2002, and the great Yin Style Bagua practitioner Xie Peiqi passed away in 2003. Realizing how little time was left before all of that generation was gone, ATS changed its focus from education and went into deep documentation of the last Chinese medicine doctor still practicing in a completely traditional manner left in Beijing: Dr. Li Hongxiang (1924-).

Andrew became Dr. Li Hongxiang’s closing door disciple and has spent the last 8 years with him in the clinic and in his home documenting his incredible knowledge base. ATS has generated hundreds of audio and video hours or recorded treatments and conversations, tracked hundreds of cases, and help Dr. Li write The Study of Chinese Medicine, to be published in Chinese and English December 2015.




Dr. YoungJu Lee is a naturopathic medical doctor (NMD) and graduate from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Lee is a Reiki Master and teacher and a certified BodyTalk practitioner. She has a KST (Koren Specific Technique) certification for low-velocity body adjustments. She also has Mayan Abdominal Healing certification.

Dr. Lee was called into the healing profession over a decade ago, this change led her to pursue naturopathic medicine. Dr. Lee believes in holistic well-being including mind, body, and spirit. A person’s health isn’t just physical but it is also reflected in the environment in which we inhabit. She believes there are many ways to healing. Every person is unique and there are many ways to achieve individual wellness goals. Dr. Lee approaches each patient as a unique individual becuase of past experiences, needs, beliefs, and ideology. Dr. Lee incorporates many healing techniques to address each patient’s individual needs.

Dr. Lee practices medicine because her joy and passion is to be of service to others and to help people overcome personal challenges and issues that hinder them from experiencing their lives to the fullest. Dr. Lee believes that life should be joyful and is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their own health and well-being. She has developed many techniques and approaches that help people experience true joy in their hearts by addressing complex physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual concerns. Dr. Lee likes to explore possibilities outside of the box and has found success in developing techniques that are not of usual paradigm. Dr. Lee believes in sharing her gifts.

Dr. Lee spends extensive time with every patient. The first appointment is about 90 minutes long where conversations about medical history, personal stories, current challenges, and desired outcomes are discussed. During this session physical exams may be performed and lab work may be orderd to get a more comprehensive and scientific perspective of current health limitations and opportunities. From here various modalities are implemented with each patient including diet and nutrition planning, acupuncture, Reiki, BodyTalk, botanical medication, supplementation, and various prescribed activities that will address the patient health challenges.