Peter has been practicing acupuncture and Oriental medicine since 1998.
National board-certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology, he worked in a variety of conventional and holistic health care settings in New York before relocating to Cleveland 12 years ago. He joined the Optimal Wellness Center staff in 2010 and has been working with patients here ever since.
Peter received his training at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (New York campus), which has been widely considered the most extensive and rigorous Oriental medicine program in the United States.
His Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice at OWC encompasses not only acute and chronic pain, but also a wide variety of internal medicine conditions, including gynecological, digestive, and respiratory problems; psychological and emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, and obsessive thinking; and nicotine and alcohol dependence. Areas of special interest include integrative gynecology, in which he has taken much additional training.
Using the methods and thinking of TCM, including clinical "pattern discrimination" and classical pulse and tongue diagnosis, Peter takes great care to tailor treatment to the needs and presentation of each person, and to alter his therapeutic approach as the situation warrants. In keeping with TCM’s focus on the underlying causes of imbalance and illness, he emphasizes lifestyle modification in conjunction with treatment, when factors such as poor diet, sleep, or exercise habits contribute adversely to a patient's condition. Considering patient education a major component of the healing process, he also tries to foster understanding of the energetic roots and consequences of the imbalances that have led that person to ill health.
During the 1970’s, Peter trained extensively in Yang-style short-form t’ai chi, the Chinese system of gentle internal exercise noted for promoting health, relaxation, energy, balance, and coordination, among many other benefits. He has made the t’ai chi form a cornerstone of personal practice throughout his adult life, and has been happily teaching the discipline for four decades as a path of self-cultivation for body, mind, spirit, and the vital force (ch’i) that underlies all physical functioning and sustains life itself.
In addition to his clinical and teaching interests, Peter has an ongoing commitment to enhancing public awareness of holistic medicine and to helping bridge the gap between mainstream and alternative treatment methods. To that end, he has worked in a number of integrative and functional medicine venues, including the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, and has given numerous talks on such topics as understanding the system of TCM, psychological applications of Chinese medicine, acupuncture for pain and physical rehabilitation, media coverage of medical alternatives, and the role of integrative medicine in modern health care.
Prior to beginning his Oriental medicine studies nearly 25 years ago, Peter spent a decade as a working newspaper reporter. He earned a master’s degree in science, medical, and environmental journalism from New York University in 1984, freelanced for The New York Times, and then spent more than eight years as a staff writer covering environmental and general news for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
TCM is considered a comprehensive system of medicine that addresses a vast spectrum of health concerns. Here is a cross-section of some commonly treated conditions:
Chronic sinus conditions
Allergy and hay fever
Fatigue or low energy
Migraine and general headaches
Injuries and other musculoskeletal complaints
Arthritis (rheumatoid or osteo)
Geriatric (older age) issues
Acute and chronic pain
Emotional and psychological difficulties:
Anxiety and panic disorder
Lack of motivation
While TCM deals with all these health concerns and more, you don’t actually need to have something wrong to come for an acupuncture treatment. Even occasional “tune-ups” or wellness visits can serve to:
enhance energy and vitality
de-stress the whole system
increase mental clarity
Patients who receive acupuncture may expect to be in the office for 30 minutes past the booked interval. It is during this period that you will rest on the treatment table as the acupuncture point prescription works on restoring your system to balance.
Either acupuncture or herbal medicine alone can bring about a strong result, but putting the two together usually has a synergistic effect—each enhancing the other’s impact.