|David LoPriore, L.Ac., Director|
David LoPriore Sensei, L.Ac., our Clinical Director, has been practicing Asian medicine since 1990. His Japanese title, Sensei, means "Teacher and Doctor/Healer" in the context of holistic wellness education, acupuncture, and Asian medicine. He is uniquely-qualified to help patients heal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances through his extensive experience in many Asian medical arts. LoPriore Sensei is an internationally-known expert in acupuncture, bodywork therapy, holistic wellness and psychological counseling, energy-cultivation exercises, meditation, herbology, and Japanese yoga. He is able to tailor a health and wellness program to suit any patient's needs for both curative and preventive therapy.
LoPriore Sensei teaches seminars and has students internationally, nationally, locally and at Bushidokai Dojo, the school associated with our clinic. He is the twenty third generation Kai Cho (Headmaster) of Kosho Shorei Shin Kai, an organization he founded in 2004 to spread the healing arts, philosophies and techniques of the ancient Japanese art of Kosho Shorei Ryu here in the United States. LoPriore Sensei began his Asian medicine training with Seifukujitsu Japanese massage, a style that is highly effective for athletes, especially in the areas of both pro-active and curative care of sports injuries. This style and many other Japanese bodywork therapies he has studied help Sensei to bring unique skills and experience to care for people with any kind of musculo-skeletal pain, especially those deriving from motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. He began his practice of shiatsu (Japanese acupressure and bodywork therapy) and herbal therapy in 1992. This work, combined with over twenty five years' practice of Asian martial arts, energy cultivation exercises and meditation, allows him to have unique "energy-medicine" skills, and mindfulness-based intuition into patients' physical and non-physical imbalances, which makes his acupuncture unique, gentle yet powerful, and highly effective.
Sensei began his acupuncture training in 1995, with an apprenticeship with Dr. Yu-Chen Jiao, a master acupuncturist and herbalist, who is also a world-famous orthopedic and neurological surgeon from China. This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM or "Eight Principle Medicine") training gave him deeper and more comprehensive skills in the physical medicine of the internal (organic) and external (musculo-skeletal) systems. After a 4,000-hour apprenticeship with Dr. Jiao, LoPriore Sensei passed the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's board exams, and became a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Connecticut. Another significant aspect of his training was a two year, in-depth course with Lonny Jarrett, L.Ac., who has written two of the most significant books on Chinese medicine in the English language. The second of those, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, was edited partially by LoPriore Sensei and features his Chinese brush-calligraphy. The course with Mr. Jarrett offered an integration of Five Element style constitutional medicine, Eight Principle medicine, and Dr. John Shen's in-depth tradition of Pulse diagnosis.
As Kosho Shorei Shin Kai Headmaster, LoPriore Sensei is the senior physician-level practitioner of Kosho Shorei Ryu medicine in the world. He has taught many practitioners his unique style of acupuncture, and hundreds of lay-people shiatsu bodywork therapy, energy medicine, mindfulness training, ki-waza and qigong energy balancing and resiliency-building exersises and other related holistic health practices.