Christian Nix is the author of Tao of Integration and Hospital Based Acupuncture Essentials and the founder and chief instructor of Barefoot Medicine Academy and Hospital Based Acupuncture Training. In addition to his Guatemala Hospital Externships, he also writes for his Mainstream Practice Digest and Mentoring – the only newsletter in the industry specifically targeted for Chinese medical professionals who are ready to go for mainstream practice success. His coaching and mentoring group is deliberately kept to a minimum of highly motivated and visionary professionals who see mainstream inclusion as the essential next step for Chinese medical practice.
Christian was fortunate to receive a mentorship / apprenticeship education as his introduction to holism and Chinese medical practice. His first book, Tao of Integration, offersa distinctly different and very empowering take on integration in medicine and is a direct result of his unique path.
Christian’s books, videos, newsletters and other information products and live appearances continue to provide valuable and time-saving practical how-to tips and advice to acupuncturists and Chinese Medical professionals who seek inclusion within the mainstream during this uncertain epoch of healthcare reform.
In 1999, Christian began his medical studies in earnest and was living in a tree house in an indigenous community on the shore of Lake Atitlan. He found his primary mentor and discovered he was a great student at this new and fascinating topic. This apprenticeship would result in NCCAOM certification in 2005.
“I realized even at the time that I was having a truly unique experience. The major difference between my apprenticeship and the institutional training most people get at TCM School is that I was allowed to study and pursue what most interested me from the very beginning and my learning was never about regurgitating dogma. I committed to memorizing all I needed on my own and made maximum use of my mentor’s experience because I recognized that this was the best way to shorten my own learning curve.”
In 2005, Christian chose to attend a grad-school program in San Francisco on integration in medicine.
“For me it quickly became a teaching degree. It was clear to me by the end of the first semester that I had already outgrown the majority of the curriculum because of all my real-world learning and experience in Guatemala. Since I could not find much clear-headed teaching on integration in medicine, I decided I would become the teacher I could not find.”
In fact, the administration was so threatened by what Christian had to share that he eventually had to hire a lawyer to threaten legal action in defense of academic freedom before the program director (who was subsequently dismissed) would finally cease her efforts at preventing him from completion and graduation.
Since 2008, Christian has travelled and taught various aspects of his distinctive ‘Barefoot’ approach. In late 2009 Christian completed his first work, Tao of Integration and in 2012 he penned Hospital Based Acupuncture Essentials.
He has appeared on radio from New York to California and continues teaching with a busy travel schedule offering his Mainstream Practice Fast Implementation Boot Camps.
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