Renée Klorman, M.S.O.M, L.Ac.
Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicinal Herbalist
The first time I encountered Chinese medicine was as a patient in a lot of pain. My job was making me sick. I was in my mid twenties, working for a high profile billionaire in midtown Manhattan where making errors was not an option.
I didn’t know I was falling in love with Chinese medicine during that first visit, but I did know that something absolutely profound occurred, and I wanted to understand why. By the end of my treatment, my shoulder pain was gone and has never returned. By the morning, the debilitating stomach pain was gone and also never returned. I quit my job that week and vowed to never work in an office again.
Prior to earning an M.S. in Chinese medicine, I was on an academic path. I studied Art History as an undergraduate and then went on to graduate school where I earned an M.A. is Women's/Labor History. I loved the rigor of learning and wanted to continue on to a PhD, but also wanted to not go right into a career that would keep me cloistered in a research library for decades to come.
What I really wanted was to dedicate myself to a profession that not only challenged me intellectually, but also gave me a skill to participate meaningfully in the community where I live. Chinese medicine is the perfect marriage of these two ideals. Chinese medicine is an ancient medicine, but also incredibly practical and applicable to our 21st century living. Everyday I see how effective a few needles or herbs can be to help with pain, digestive issues, insomnia, depression, and a host of other health challenges. I love learning about people and nature through this lens, and finding ways to bridge the ancient with the contemporary. Practicing Chinese medicine is not work, its a way of life for me. All of my extracurricular passions are intertwined with the study of Chinese medicine.
As this history reflects, I really live to learn. I am always working to increase my knowledge of Chinese medicine to better serve my patients. I am dedicated to a life long learning mission in pursuit of becoming a skilled practitioner and scholar of the medicine. I continue to study medicine with high quality teachers and scholars such as Dr. Heiner Fruehauf (classical Chinese medicine), Dr. Huang Huang (advanced herbal medicine and diagnosis), Sharon Weizenbaum (advanced herbal medicine and diagnosis), Dr. Liu Lihong (classical Chinese medicine), Robin Green (Pediatrics), Mintong Gu (Medical Qigong), Katy Bowman (Nutritious movement).
When I am not working in the clinic, you can find me at higher elevations, hiking / camping with my dog in the high Sierra mountains. In 2015 I hiked the 220 mile John Muir Trail. In 2017 I will be hiking a section of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon/Washington. You can check out photos from the 2015 hike on my Instagram page.