About The Acupuncturist

About the Doctor and Her Approach
Gretchen L. Gonzalez earned her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, NM.  Her practical education was focused on mental health, trauma relief and pain management with an emphasis on family care.  Mrs. Gonzalez has studied with master T. Koei Kuwahara as well as with his senior student Dr. Ehrland Truitt learning the gentle yet powerful art of Japanese Hari-Style Acupuncture. In this style treatment is focused on addressing the root cause of disease with gentle and focused needle technique.

HARI is a highly refined form of Traditional Japanese Meridian Therapy (Keiraku-chiryo). Meridian Therapy focuses on treating the root cause of disease while also effectively treating the immediate symptoms through balancing the body’s Ki.  Practitioners of this style have developed an extraordinary ability to perceive ki through the practice of ki diagnosis, pulse diagnosis and delicate needle techniques. Mind/Body posture is also stressed as an integral aspect to be mastered by the practitioner. The theoretical foundations of Hari are derived directly from the Chinese and Japanese Medical Classics, in particular, the Su Wen, Ling Shu, and Nan Jing. Every theory used in Hari practice has been tested and validated through extensive clinical practice and training.

A Little of My Story
I was born in Massachusetts and spent my early years in and around the city of Boston. I am the second child in a family of 8 and have spent much of my life focused on health and the maintenance thereof.

My mother and father were students of Japanese health pioneer Michio Kushi back in the 1970’s. My health education began in the womb and has continued to be my area of interest throughout the years.

In Macrobiotics a great deal of attention is paid to creating balance in all aspects of life. This focus from a young age left me with a keen awareness of the effectiveness of a holistic approach to health that looks at imbalances to determine the disharmony and the treatment method to reestablish a healthy condition.

There are many factors that come together to create dis-ease of any kind and there are, therefore, many factors to take into consideration when treating disharmony in the body.

The most effective way to bring the body back to health is to identify and attend to all the factors to reestablish balance within all the systems that make up the dynamic human beings we are!

I hope to contribute to the general sense of health and well being of all those who seek my assistance in their search for balance.


Licenses and Certifications

A.P. Acupuncture Physician, DOH Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Florida
D.O.M.  Doctor of Oriental Medicine, State Board, New Mexico
M.S.O.M.  Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, NM
Dipl.O.M.  Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
A.D.S.  Auricular Detoxification Specialist, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association