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License/title and certifications:
- NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
- Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) state of Illinois
- 127 hours of clinical internship in Applied Channel Theory, Channel
- Examination and Diagnosis at the Wang Ju-Yi Applied Channel Theory
- Research Institute in Beijing, China
David Derdiger, Licensed Acupuncturist, is the lead Acupuncturist at Aligned Modern Health Vernon Hills. David completed his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine and has a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In his spare time, David has taught qigong to groups and individuals, is an avid qigong and taiji quan practitioner, and practices playing the guqin. David’s interests in the roots of Chinese Medicine lead him to living in Taiwan where he learned to converse in, read, and write Chinese.
Q&A WITH DAVID
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Professionally I am most passionate about interacting with patients, and finding inspiration for the modern clinic in classical Chinese medical texts. Personally, I am passionate about community and healing power of genuine friendship.
What three traits define you?
Adaptable, persistent, patient
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Return to Taiwan and learn to make 古琴 gǔqín (a classical Chinese 7-stringed instrument, sort of like a cross between a lapsteel and a fretless bass).
What are you surprisingly good at?
When people hand me inconsolable babies, they tend to stop crying.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Regular exposure to nature, seasons.
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
People are willing to drive an hour one-way twice a week to see me.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Learning to read, write, speak, and understand Mandarin in two years.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Not for me, but perhaps others might consider working as a figure model for university art programs and private artist collectives to be weird.
How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personal experiences?
My undergraduate education was in Materials Science Engineering with a focus in biomaterials. While this might seem unrelated, it actually gives me a pretty unique perspective on the body, as I see can see it to be multiple interleaving interacting layers of functional materials. Engineering also taught me rigorous problem solving skills and to be okay with proceeding on the basis of hypothesis and informed estimation.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
Fear of needles, headaches, gut problems. For stress and anxiety, I help people learn how to let go and give them suggestions for skills to practice at home.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
The care I take with the insertion of each needle, and my persistence in the treatment of unsolved, chronic conditions.
Who is your ideal client and why should they connect with you?
Someone who wants to be an active part of their treatment process and understands the role of the acupuncturist as a facilitator of innate healing. I ultimately want to put the ball back in my patient’s court.
In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
In my work, my word is my bond, and my patients’ trust is sacred. If I do not know the answer to a question, or am unable to provide an educated guess, I never hesitate to reply, “I don’t know (let me research that and get back to you).”
What is your grand, audacious goal?
To one day start or be a part of a program that functions as a residency for acupuncturists and practitioners of Chinese Medicine. I hope to raise the quality and success of the profession by improving its infrastructure.
What do you wish people would know, believe, do?
I wish that people would recognize that rushing about is an unproductive state of mind, and that acting from of place of quiet observation is an acquirable skill. I wish that people knew that joy and peace can arise from nothing but the act of sitting or standing in the present moment. I wish that people would be kinder to one another and themselves, considering (possible) moments in the past that may have led to decisions in the present.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I practice a lot of taiji quan, qigong, and meditation, play 古琴 gǔqín, appreciate tea, play Dungeons and Dragons with other nerdy adults, paint miniature characters for D&D, and head into the city once every other week to practice speaking Mandarin at the Chicago Language Cafe.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
My left hand is substantially bigger than my right.
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