David Lerner, acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine

Experience and Education

Profesional Experience

  • 9/94 - Present Private Acupuncture Practice, Seattle/Olympia, WA

    • Specialize in the treatment of acute/chronic pain as well as a supportive oncology care and variety of other digestive, immune, gynecological, musculoskeletal, endocrine and respiratory disorders. Acupuncture techniques used: TCM (acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet), Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion, trigger point therapy/myofascial release, auricular acupuncture, electrical stimulation.
  • 5/99-6/02 - Kang Wen HIV Clinic, Herbalist, Seattle, WA

    • Treated patients with HIV and other life threatening illnesses using customized Chinese herbal formulas and dietary therapy. Focus was put on the use of treating the side effects of western medication and immune enhancement.
  • 1/00-6/03 - NW Institute of Acup. & Oriental Medicine, Seattle, WA

    • Clinical Faculty - Supervised and trained students in the acupuncture and herbal teaching clinic. Didactic Faculty - Taught the Clinical Problem Solving course to 3rd and 4th year students in the M.TCM. program. Extensive analysis of complex case studies presented by the students. Taught Neuromusculoskeletal course in the herbal internal medicine program.

Post Graduate Training

    • Certificate program in Chinese Herbal Medicine (6/96)
    • Certificate program in Japanese Acupuncture (8/98)
    • Preceptor experience: Oncology - Isaac Cohen, L.Ac., NMS & OB/GYN- Alex Tiberi, L.Ac. Respiratory - Chip Chace, L.Ac.
    • 2/97 - 5/97 Beijing Cancer Institute/Chengdu University of TCM, PRC
    • Extensive training in Chinese herbal medicine. In Beijing, studied oncology with Dr. Li Ping Ping. In Chengdu, studied oncology with Dr. He Guang Zi, gastroenterology with Dr. Wang Zai Mo, internal medicine with Dr. Chen Zhi Heng, gynecology with Dr. Tang Yun Shu, and dermatology with Dr. Zhong Yi Zi.


  • M.Ac.6/94 M.TCM 3/00

    • NW Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Seattle, WA Extensive didactic and clinical training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Additional training included: trigger point therapy/myofascial release for chronic pain, Japanese acupuncture techniques, Auricular therapy. Completed over 450 hours in western sciences. Extracurricular: Member, national sports acupuncture association; principal investigator, trial study-the effects of acupuncture on chronic low back pain; volunteer office manager, Kang Wen HIV clinic.
  • BA, 5/87

    • Washington University College of Arts and Sciences, St. Louis, MO
    • Economics Major, Business Administration Minor

Honors & Awards

  • President, Student Council (1993/94)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Student Scholarship Award (1992/93)
  • President, Student Council (1993/94)
  • President, Student Council (1993/94)


  • "The Use Of Chinese Herbal Medicine in Gastroenterology and Hepatology," Clinical Perspectives in Gastroenterology, Martin D. Gelfand, M.D., ed., March 2000


"I've been seeing David for about 10 years in his Seattle practice. You folks in Olympia are lucky to have him. Here's a few reasons: 1) David and his colleagues are some of the most progressive and well educated healers and scientists around. My personal physician collaborates with David. 2) His practice offers some of the highest quality herbs and supplements available at prices that often beat even Bastyrs dispensary in Seattle. 3) I started seeing David for liver disease related to Hep C. Within 18 months all my abnormal labs became normal. Many of my symptoms eased or disappeared. 4) David's acupuncture treatments were the first I had that worked for a bone spur in my heel, shin splints, and other issues. His needle technique is the best I've experienced." lr

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