Acupuncturist and Alternative Medicine Doctor in Sarasota, FL

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Harvey Kaltsas, AP, DOM, DIM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

Harvey Kaltsas, AP, DOM, DIM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) photo
37 Years of Experience
Over the past 37 years, I have successfully treated thousands of patients with many, many different types of illness: to name a few - strains, sprains, back problems, knee and shoulder ailments, carpal tunnel syndrome, impotency, drug, alcohol, and nicotine addictions, hypertension, heart disease, and even cancer. In fact, I have close working relationships with some of the best oncologists in the world. Most importantly, I don't hesitate to refer to other MD, osteopathic, and chiropractic physicians when appropriate and necessary.

To get my patients well, I use Chinese and Japanese style acupuncture, auricular therapy, drug detox protocols, sotai exercises, Chinese herbal remedies, and/or functional nutritional medicine. I am quite familiar with the following approaches to acupuncture and the practice of traditional Chinese medicine: Five Element, Manaka, Dr. So’s, TCM, and Toyohari style treatments. I am also well versed in German electro-acupuncture diagnostic techniques (and their limitations).

Ultimately, patients are responsible for their own health, and I serve to assist them to regain their health and to stay healthy. I educate patients as to the seven pillars of health: 1) good nutrition, 2) clean air, 3) pure water, 4) clear light (and this encompasses exposure to electro-magnetic fields), 5) adequate exercise,
6) enough rest, and 7) peace of mind.

I have written numerous articles on health related subjects, was Contributing Editor of Alternative Medicine magazine, and have done pioneering research on the prevention, causes, and treatment of cancer and heart disease.
Honors and Awards: 2008 – Selected as treating acupuncturist at the 70th annual convention of the National Foundation of Women Legislators
2002 - Awarded Doctorate in Integrative Medicine by the National College of Oriental Medicine
1996 - Voted “Acupuncturist of the Year” by American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1993 – Honored by the People’s Republic of China for “Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Acupuncture”
1991 – Voted “Acupuncturist of Distinction” by the Florida State Oriental Medical Association
1987 – Received Diplomate in Acupuncture, NCCAOM; renewed continuously through 2011

Clinical Experience: November, 1984-2010 - Received Florida acupuncture license and have been in the private practice of traditional Chinese medicine ever since.
March, 1982 - December, 1984 – Hired as a Physician’s Assistant to Dr. Wallace S. Willman, D.O., past President of the American Osteopathic Association and one of the first practicing physician acupuncturists in the USA, replacing him as the acupuncturist in his very busy practice
January, 1979 - December, 1981 - In private practice in Pittsburgh, PA in association with Murray Susser, MD, then President of the American Holistic Medical Association
May, 1977 – Interned at Lincoln Hospital Acupuncture Detox Clinic, Bronx, New York
October, 1977 - December, 1978 - In private practice in Tucson, Arizona, one of only two practitioners in the entire state. I treated all manner of ailments with remarkable success, primarily employing protocols learned directly from Dr. So.
December, 1975 - July, 1976 - Apprenticed with Dr. James Tin Yau So, founder of NESA, and Dr. John Ho Fen Shen at the Oriental Acupuncture Center in Everett, MA, working 40 to 48 hours each week as an unpaid intern, the most valuable educational experience of my life.

Academic Experience: 2009-2010 –Taught CEU courses to 450 licensed Florida acupuncturists
1999 - 2009 - Created and taught continuing education programs to hundreds of licensed acupuncturists
1994-2000 - Co-founded the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts of Sarasota, FL.
1991-92 - Co-founded the Suncoast School of Acupuncture in Tampa, FL
1989 - Assisted Dr. John Ho Fen Shen in establishing the John Shen Institute of Chinese Medicine
1985 - 1988 - Taught various courses in T.C.M. at the Florida Institute of T.C.M.
1982 - 1985 – Taught nutrition at the Sarasota County Vocational Technical Institute in Sarasota
Practice Areas
 Acupuncture / Alternative Medicine  Dietary Therapy and Nutrition
 Auricular Acupuncture  Electro-Acupuncture
 Bodywork  Japanese Style Acupuncture
 Chi-Akra / Facial Acupuncture  Lifestyle Counseling
 Chinese Herbal Medicine  Massage Therapy
 Classical Acupuncture (Five-Element)  Moxibustion
 Classical Acupuncture (Van Nghi)  Online / Video Consultation
 Classical Acupuncture (Yuen)  Shiatsu (Acupressure)
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
 Cosmetic Acupuncture  Tuina
 Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)  National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Education: 1985-2010 - Graduate and author of innumerable continuing education courses
October, 2006 - Graduate of a course in First Line Therapy offered by Metagenics, Inc.
January, 2002 - Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Integrative Medicine by the National College of Oriental Medicine, Orlando, Florida
January, 2001 - Created and taught the first 60 hour Continuing Education course approved by the
Florida Board of Acupuncture on Acupoint Injection Therapy
March, 2000 - Studied Hyperthermia and Electro-Acupuncture Cancer Therapy at the Klinik St. Georg,
Bad Aibling, Germany
January – December, 1998 - Graduate of a 60 hour program in Toyo Hari Japanese Acupuncture
November, 1994 - December, 2000 - Created, administered, and taught the curriculum at Sarasota’s Academy of Chinese Healing Arts (since renamed East West College of Natural Medicine)
February, 1991 – Completed a 150 hour program with the American College of Addictionology & Compulsive Disorders to become a Certified Addictionologist (C.Ad.)
April – November, 1989 – Completed a six month CEU course at NESA on Manaka style
1985 - 1988– Student of Chinese Herbal Medicine at Florida Institute of T.C.M.
1985 - 1988 – Graduate of several courses in German Electro-Acupuncture and complex homeopathy
April, 1985 – Graduate of courses in German Electro-Acupuncture, Munich, Germany
February 1976 – June, 1977 - N.E. School of Acupuncture, Watertown, MA, Diploma in Acupuncture
December, 1975 - July, 1976 - Apprentice to Dr. James Tin Yau So and Dr. John Ho Fen Shen, Everett, MA
March, 1973 - December, 1975 – Enrolled at the North American College of Acupuncture, Vancouver, B.C.,
August, 1970 - April, 1972 – Student of Michio Kushi
September, 1969 – January, 1970 – Boston University School of Law
September, 1965 - June, 1969 – Amherst College, Amherst, MA, B.A.
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Past President)
Florida State Oriental Medical Association (Past President)
Other Languages
French, Greek
Payments Accepted
all forms
Hours:Monday - Friday, 8 - 6, Saturday 9 - 1
License:AP 135 Florida
4370 S. Tamiami Trail
Suite 151
SarasotaFL 34231
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