Michael has been interested in Integrative Medicine since he saw Traditional Chinese medicine while visiting Beijing, China in 1986. After returning to the United States, he took classes in medicinal and poisonous plants, and ultimately chose to pursue a conventional training in medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. His experiences in patient care were initially disappointing, and he left medicine to work in Environmental Sciences and to study Toxicology. When he completed his MD, he moved to New York City for residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital. He was board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 2000. He has lived in Maine since then.
While working as a Pathologist at Central Maine Medical Center, Rumford and Bridgton Hospitals, Michael further pursued his interests in spiritual health. He began attending courses at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA and was especially engaged by YogaDance. He is now a certified YogaDance instructor and led classes in YogaDance at CMMC and Bridgton Hospitals. Michael became a Hospice volunteer with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice (AHCH), where he learned a great deal about healing through love, forgiveness and acceptance. At AHCH he was first exposed to Reiki, and he was trained as a Level 1 practitioner. He has just completed a year-long course in Positive Psychology through Kripalu, and he has been using the teachings as part of his practice at Integr8 Health.
He still practices Pathology at CMHC, but he expanded his practice into patient care in 2013. He has begun training in Osteopathic Manual Manipulation, and he has been astounded to see first-hand the profound healing powers of cannabis. He is delighted to find that patient care outside the traditional practice of medicine is more intimate, individualized and collaborative than what he experienced decades before. He hopes that the additional lessons he has learned from marriage, parenting, hiking, kayaking, dance and yoga infuse his practice with wisdom, respect and intuition.