Practitioners

Allen D. Cline L.Ac.

Allen D. Cline began his studies of alternative medicine in 1982 with Polarity and Craniosacral therapy when he attended the Polarity Wellness Center of Cambridge. During this time he began studies in Ayurvedic and Tibetan Medicine with Vasant Lad and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. He also studied color and sound therapy with Dr. Peter Guy Manners and John Beaulieu. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1985 where he received training in a variety of traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean treatment styles as well as Kanpo Yaku herbal Medicine.

From 1987 through 1991 he attended, practiced and was certified by the National Chinese Academy of Traditional Medicine at Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing, Beijing Medical University’s 3rd Clinical Hospital and Suzhou City’s Traditional Chinese Medical Hospital. During this time he concurrently studied and practiced Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Qigong and Tui-Na therapies with private teachers and in various hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tokyo and Kyoto.

Since 1991 he has been in private practice in Austin. Texas. He was a primary instructor at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin from 1993 to 2002. In 1994 he founded and opened Turtle Dragon Herb & Tea Co. and Health Services where he is still in group practice. He has been a Diplomate of Acupuncture and licensed in the State of Texas since 1995. He is our senior Acupuncturist and resident Tea Fanatic.

You may contact Allen directly at allen@turtledragon.com

James S. Phillips L.Ac.

James Phillips started his education in Chinese medicine in 1994 in Kunming city in the province of the Southern Cloud-Yunnan, China. While completing his BA in contemporary (post-cultural revolutionary) Chinese literature he attended clinical rotations for two years at Kunming city hospital. In 1997 he continued his studies in Chinese Herbology in Taibei, Taiwan.

James has been on the faculty at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine since 2000 teaching classes for students that help them to synthesize both the theory and practice of Chinese medicine, as well as training them in the manual methods and techniques they will need to be successful healthcare providers.

James spent much of the late nineties wandering throughout Asia, learning and translating for well-known Chinese doctors and currently works part-time for one of the largest publishing companies in China as one of their few foreign translators of medical books. James is a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is licensed in the state of Texas and holds a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. He is co-owner of the Turtle Dragon and is in active full-time practice.

You may contact James directly at james@turtledragon.com

 

Karen Greathouse L.Ac.

Karen Greathouse was born in Houston, Texas but was raised in Mexico City, Mexico.  In 1988 Karen moved to Austin, Texas to attend St. Edwards University where she received her Bachelor of Arts.  Later she earned her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine(AOMA) in Austin. During her last year in acupuncture school, she did an internship with Dr. Peirong Wu, a master herbalist from Beijing, to study Chinese herbal formulations in a clinical setting.  Her post-graduate work focused on Traditional Japanese Acupuncture styles.  She studied Dr. Yoshio Manaka’s techniques with Junko Ida and Stephen Birch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Hari style acupuncture with Koei Kuwahara from Boston.
Karen has been teaching and supervising student clinics at AOMA since 2000.  She has had a private practice in Austin for almost 15 years.

 

Sarah Bass L.Ac.

Sarah Bass has worked at Turtle Dragon since 2011.  Working as a clinical assistant to James and Allen has provided her with a rich complement to her education in functional and integrative medicine.

Sarah offers integrated treatments practicing palpation style acupuncture, asian bodywork and advanced herbal medicine as well as teaching healthy lifestyle principles in nutrition, physical and mental health.

Her goal is to provide tangible lifestyle guidance to foster patient empowerment. She is an avid road cyclist and yoga enthusiast and often demonstrates correct alignment and strength principles in the treatment room.

She specializes in treating pain patterns due to various etiologies, structural problems, digestive issues and allergies. Sarah received a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

You may contact Sarah directly at sarah@turtledragon.com

 

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