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.
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