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 was referred to David by my oncologist. Initially I wanted support through chemo and in recovering from its effects, but now I am enjoying nutritional and herbal support to keep me strong in the fight to prevent a recurrence. David studies with Donnie Yance, who is a world renowned herbalist and nutritionist with a great track record in helping cancer patients, as well as a network of integrative medical doctors and other practitioners. David has taken a particular interest in breast cancer, amongst other things, and I have appreciated his inquisitive mind, problem-solving approach and attention to tracking patterns he sees amongst his patients. To me this shows his ability to listen and his interest in the disease itself, which makes me feel like he's dedicated to solving rather than just relieving a symptom. I've appreciated how he utilized all of his resources to offer me very personalized care. I've referred him to friends who are dealing with different kinds of cancer and they are pleased also. One has never even met him but instead consults with him over the phone because she lives out of the area. I've also really appreciated that David understands the costs associated with my treatment plan and he's worked with me to find alternatives while not compromising quality. I trust his recommendations." bz

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