About Susan Schopbach
I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a board certified and licensed Acupuncture Physician and functional medicine practitioner. I have served the Orlando and Winter Park area for over 17 years. I received my certification in acupuncture from the Tai Institute of Oriental Medicine and my masters in acupuncture from the National College of Oriental Medicine after 4 years of study. I pursued additional training at Zhejiang Provincial Hospital in China. There I had the privilege of working with Master acupuncturists studying Tui Na massage, pulse reading, Chinese herbology and advanced acupuncture techniques. I have also furthered my education by studying from renowned physicians including Dr. Richard Tan, Dr. Datis Kharrazian and Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac. I recently completed a year long intensive clinician training program with the Kresser Institute studying Functional Medicine.
I believe in a holistic approach to health, combining acupuncture with functional medicine. Functional medicine is personalized care that deals with preventing and treating underlying causes, instead of just symptoms, for serious chronic disease. It bridges the gap between conventional and alternative medicine. It is a science-based field of health care using blood, urine, breath and stool testing along with a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine the root of health issues. These tests are not always necessary, but I offer them if need be. Functional medicine focuses on supporting the body naturally with cutting edge neutraceuticals (not pharmaceuticals) and detoxification programs. I also encourage a paleo based, anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense diet, removing sugar and processed grains, especially gluten. I specialize in pain, chronic fatigue, adrenal, thyroid and digestive imbalances. With my compassionate listening, calming energy and gentle touch, I am devoted to assist you on your journey to health.
In addition to treating patients, I have studied yoga and meditation for the past 20 years and had the privilege of living in a kundalini yoga ashram for 8 years. During that time I took two spiritual journeys to India where I stayed at Hindu temples, Sikh ashrams and Tibetan monasteries and was able to experience the spiritual practices of each of those disciplines. I am a certified kundalini and ashtanga yoga instructor and taught at the ashram for a few years.
My most recent adventure was a trip to Nepal with Acupuncturists Without Borders in an international program called World Healing Exchange. We offered free acupuncture clinics in Kathmandu and local monasteries, learned from traditional healers and provided training to local people. We trekked in one of the most profoundly moving mountain ranges in the world and had the opportunity to experience sacred places throughout the Kathmandu Valley.