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Graduate Profile of Tiodoso Bear Bustillo, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

  1. Date of graduation: May, 2011
  2. Full-time or part-time practice: Full-time
  3. Current practice setting: Integrative Medicine Department of Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, the largest nonprofit health care system in Texas. Currently a specialist in three outpatient locations: Austin Downtown, Austin North Burnet, and Round Rock South.
  4. Areas of practice specialization:
    • Type of patients: As a general practitioner, my patient demographic ranges from young adults to geriatric with a variety of different symptoms and conditions.
    • Type of therapy used: Acupuncture, herbal pharmacology, cupping, gua sha, e-stem, controlled bleeding, food therapy, and medical qi going.
    • Principal conditions treated: Acute and Chronic Pain Management, Mental Health, Sleep Disorders, Men's Health, Internal Medicine, and Preventive Care.
  5. Postgraduate Education:Pursuing a doctoral degree at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, with an expected graduation date of July 2018. Specialized training in Auricular Medicine (Dr. Lichun Huang), Balance Method, and Master Tung's acupuncture points.
  6. Most rewarding aspect of practice: Finding viable healthcare solutions for people who have struggled with other methods of care and empowering people to become well-beings.
  7. Most essential tips for other graduates desiring to establish a successful practice: I believe that the health care industry is changing. As we move into an integrative medicine model of health care, acupuncturists will have to broaden their knowledge and merge into the Western model. Be the expert in your treatment methods, but be well versed in Western treatment options as well. Learn as much biomedicine terms/language, physical assessments, and lab comprehension as possible, and be able to translate that information into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. Communication and literacy are the missing components in the merger of Eastern and Western medicine collaborations. Lastly, never stop being curious about the depth of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It is beautiful blend of art and science.

Tiodoso Bear Bustillo is a 2011 graduate of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a CCAOM member institution. For a list of all CCAOM member colleges, see state list.