Updated: Dec 2, 2020
David A. Kaminker, LAc, MSOM
David is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) and holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM). He is also a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) in the State of New Mexico. He has a full-time clinical practice, in which he integrates Japanese acupuncture of the Ki Shin Po tradition, Chinese acupuncture in the style of Dr. Richard Tan and Master Tung, Chinese herbal medicine and Visionary Craniosacral Work®. David specializes in pain relief and somatic emotional release.
David found his passion in the healing arts at the age of eighteen, when he began studying yoga, massage, and herbal medicine. At the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, California, he became certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), completing a twelve-month, full-time program in Swedish, deep-tissue, and connective-tissue massage, as well as craniosacral therapy, Zen shiatsu, and nutrition. David received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he focused on music, literature, and Eastern philosophy.
David graduated from the four-year, full-time program at Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, studying Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, moxibustion, tui na, nutrition, and Chinese herbal medicine. He also completed a clinical externship at Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Harbin, China. David is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (DiplOM). He served as an assistant teacher at Southwest Acupuncture College, for classes in Japanese Acupuncture, Acupuncture Needling Techniques, Advanced Acupuncture Needling Techniques, and Point Location.
David has been practicing craniosacral work since 2003 and has been studying with Hugh Milne since 2006. As a graduate of the Milne Institute, he is certified in Visionary Craniosacral Work®. Integral to his ongoing teacher training, David has served as an assistant teacher for every class that Hugh Milne has taught in the United States since 2015. He has been the primary teacher for Milne Institute Advanced Content Classes and Review Classes since 2017. He now teaches Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy and classes in Visionary Craniosacral Work® as part of the core curriculum for the Milne Institute.
David endeavors to deliver the spirit and material of Hugh’s teaching as accurately as possible, while maintaining his own special flavor, harmonizing clinical experience, vulnerability, humor, and kindness. David's heart's desire is to impart within every student the inspiration to deepen their presence, touch, perception, and voice, in their work and in their lives.
David has an insatiable passion to understand the human body/mind/spirit. He continually strives to deepen his knowledge and enhance his skills, to become an even more effective practitioner and teacher. He is a musician and a devoted practitioner of meditation.
David lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his inspiring partner, Rachel, and his precious daughter, Sophia Naia.