MICHAEL BERGER, PhD ( ca.) LAc, Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM), began his journey into “the way” as a young meditator at age 14, and followed with the intensive study of study of martial arts.
In 1983, after graduating from the University of Utah, he moved to Japan to continue his study of martial arts, and received his Black Belt there from the Chief Instructor of the Japan Karate Association at the World Headquarters in Tokyo. He would spend a cumulative period of over 4 years living in Japan. While there he became introduced to Acupuncture, and in the mid 90’s took his first class in Traditional Oriental Medicine while living in Los Angeles, where he owned and operated a martial arts school and was a school teacher.
It wasn’t until around 2005, however, that he became serious about his studies, after first becoming certified as a Shiatsu Practitioner. In 2009, after having studied for 3 years in Los Angeles at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, he relocated to China as a full time Master’s Degree student at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, one of the top eight best schools in China, as one of only a handful of foreign students in the full time program. He went on to graduate in 2012, after receiving numerous honors and recognitions, including a scholarship for “Superior Student” awarded by the Chinese government.
He is currently a PhD candidate at
Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, a Council Member on several committees
of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, President of the Utah
Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and a 7th degree
Master of Classical Martial Arts. He has published and been featured in
numerous books, articles, television and video series, and has been a speaker
at many International Conferences. He continues to teach Tai Chi, Qigong, and
martial arts internationally while operating a private practice in SLC, Utah.