Michelle Wheeler, L.Ac


michelle-wheeler-headshotMy passion for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine began early in my life.  As a fresh graduate of Fordham University I started the exciting adventure of my first full-time job working in New York City as a Rehabilitation Counselor.  I worked in an Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment program with adults suffering from severe and persistent mental illnesses.  I loved the adventure each day held, but as an ambitious young woman I craved the possibility of true change and life improvement for each man and woman I worked with closely.  I quickly observed that only using medications and not addressing diet, lifestyle, or any form of natural medicine often left a void in the rehabilitation process.

 After a few years in this field I had the opportunity to teach English in South America and was able to travel for six months throughout Peru, Ecuador, and Chile.  It was here that I felt the pieces come together for my unexpressed desires.  I saw rehabilitation programs where natural medicine and human compassion accomplished true change in a way that I had not seen in my previous experience.  I felt a clarity and had found my calling and so my journey with Traditional Chinese Medicine began deep in the Amazon Jungle!  

Upon returning home I began the process of finding and applying to graduate schools and found the best match for my needs in Orlando at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine.  Here I completed over 3000 hours of study in both Eastern and Western medicine, as well as over 900 clinical hours in which I personally observed, assisted, and treated over 400 patients.  I received my Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and successfully passed all of my NCCAOM board exams in order to become a Diplomate of Acupuncture and a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist.  I now own my own business, Wind in the Willows Acupuncture, and practice in the West End Village neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

My life experiences as a student, counselor, educator, avid traveler, and now as a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist have taught me many skills that I utilize with every patient.  I enjoy listening to your story, connecting, and working together to achieve your best state of health.  I have enjoyed working with and successfully treating a wide variety of complaints, from shoulder pain to depression.  Although I enjoy the process towards wellness with every patient, I have a special place in my heart for all women’s issues, and have found some of the most rewarding experiences when working on cases of fertility concerns.  I thank all of my patients through the years for trusting in me and for all you have taught me.  I am even more excited for all the new adventures to come and amazing people to meet.

I invite all the citizens of Pittsburgh to come check out the benefits of Acupuncture by calling me for a free consultation.  I look forward to working with you on your health goals at Wind in the Willows Acupuncture, where we are always “promoting health at its roots.”

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