Hi and Welcome. My name is Scott O’Brien. I am an acupuncturist here at MRCA. If you are reading this, then you have taken a big step to feeling better – asking for help. If you are like me, this isn’t an easy feat.
We are all here to help you. We all have unique skills and experience. Let me tell you about myself:
As someone who has always been interested in health since a young age, I wanted to try acupuncture to see if it would help with my digestive issues. It did. I was so impressed with acupuncture, I decided to study it myself. I moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona in 2000 to attend The Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Tucson, AZ. I chose this school because 1/3rd of their education was learning TuiNa (Chinese Medical Massage). I had learned Shiatsu decades earlier and know the power of touch and how healing it is. The school has both an acupuncture and Tuina clinic, and the public loves both. I earned my Master’s in Acupuncture in 2014 (with an 800-hour certification in Asian Bodywork Therapy/TuiNa). I passed my national board exams for licensure the same year.
I can help you feel better with acupuncture, Tuina, or acupressure, or a combination of the three. I also offer stand alone sessions of TuiNa that allows for deep muscular (and emotional) release. I am a big believer in the importance of listening to what’s going on with you (a lot of times feeling better is simply getting something off your chest) and I am also skilled at hearing what your body, tongue and pulses have to say. In Chinese Medicine, we treat the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical needs of each person at the same time. This is what makes this medicine so individualized and effective. With a few treatments, I can start to see the root cause of any imbalance. And this root can simply be too much stress. Stress will show up somewhere in the body, internally or externally, or both. Acupuncture is great for stress. Speaking of stress, you can count on me to ask “what type of movement/exercise do you enjoy? What is your diet like? Do you drink enough water? What is your support system?”In my free time I love to be outside. I am an avid gardener and I love to go on hikes or walks with friends. I love to work out, and I swing a mace and kettlebells. One of my favorite things is to go swimming in a lake. There is something about water that always restores me, and takes something out of me that needed to leave.
At MRCA, we create the space so together we can figure out what’s going on. It’s a great honor to help and watch someone find their way back from any pain, or imbalance, or receive clarity of what they want from their life and their relationships, especially with themselves. I look forward to working with you soon. Scott