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Dr. Robert J. Woodbine, N.D., M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac.

Dr. Woodbine's father was his first teacher in the healing arts and taught him Eunice Ingham's Foot Reflexology method when he was ten years old. Dr. Woodbine was also influenced and trained by his grandmother who was a respected midwife and healer and his mother who was a seer. 

Since 1985, he has studied, practiced and taught Chinese Qigong and Taijiquan and has trained with various notable teachers including a recent  (2016-2019) 3-Year residency Training Program in Qigong and Taijiquan with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. His other notable teachers have been Master Mantak Chia, Master Wang Qingyu, Fabian Maman, and Grandmaster Roosevelt Gainey.

Dr. Woodbine earned a doctorate (N.D.) in Naturopathic Medicine from the historic National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now the National University of Natural Medicine) in 1996 and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1999. In 1990, he earned his diploma as a Swedish Massage Therapist from the prestigious Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. As the owner of San Bao Holistic Care, he served the Harlem community in a clinical capacity through 2015.


With the blessing of Bill Douglas (the founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day), Dr. Woodbine created and hosted the Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Harlem's historic St. Nicholas Park from 2007 through 2019. This venue was uniquely designed to include local holistic practitioners who shared their healing modalities with the Harlem community. 


For seniors interested in sustaining their strength, mobility, and flexibility, Dr. Woodbine's teaching  style is quite suitable. He has successfully taught seniors at SAGE, the Harlem Food Pantry, and designed the Tai Chi component of Harlem Hospital's Walk It Out! program in Harlem's historic Marcus Garvey Park. Dr. Woodbine has been certified by the New York City Department for the Aging to teach Dr. Paul Lam's evidenced-based Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention since 2015. He is a Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor.

Currently, he is retired from clinical practice, but maintains his New York State Acupuncture license (L.Ac.). Dr. Woodbine's passion and commitment is teaching communal self-reliance, optimal well-being , and resilience through these and other indigenous healing arts and disciplines.


Dr. Woodbine's Principal Teachers

Peter A. Woodbine
Maria Salcedo Woodbine, Midwife & Healer
Maria Salcedo
Rose A. Woodbine
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Master Mantak Chia
Master Wang Qingyu & Mountain Village Sh
Master Wang Qingyu
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Tenacity | Diligence | Discipline | Courage | Improvisation |Resilience



Larry: Hartford, CT

Thanks for your help and service. I just have to tell you how much your Kegel strengthening program helped me after my recent prostate surgery. As you told me, it would work if I stuck to it. I no longer need to rush to find a toilet (no incontinence). I will continue to work on my core and probably get better results in my sex life. :) :)


Adriana Groisman: New York, NY

Dr. Woodbine's vast and deep knowledge about health and teaching martial arts allow me to connect with his accessible and creative method. I'm inspired by his calm approach to this arduous journey, which encourages me to further commit to my practice. The Qigong/Taijiquan discipline and the knowledge that comes with it are powerful responses to the urgent call we are facing in today's world. It guides us to connect with the universe and self, while cultivating the spirit. I am very fortunate to be his student.


Rylona Watson: New York, NY

Doc's genius is affirming where one is in the moment in your practice while gently pressing you forward toward ongoing breakthroughs...truly an exploration of one's way of being in the cosmos.

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