I love chinese medicine. I have realized that this is what i am meant to do in my life. The inspiration and reward of my work is being able to create positive change in my patients. I love complicated cases that are a challenge, as much as I love straight-forward cases with immediate results. With every case, as I watch my patients conditions resolve and quality of life improve, I learn as a practitioner and my passion for Chinese Medicine grows.
Matthew Wagner is a Certified Acupuncturist in the State of Wisconsin, and NCCAOM board certified herbalist. Before moving back to Madison WI, he maintained a private practice, first in Boulder CO, and later in Portland OR. He received his degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder CO. This Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M) program consists of a total of 3,045 academic hours, as well as 1,140 hours of clinical practice. Additionally, he completed a private, two-year internship with Jack Schaefer, at Mountain West Wellness, in Boulder CO, focusing on herbal and classical theory, needle and hand manipulation techniques, and Qi Gong. Matthew has also completed several post-graduate internships. These include two, four month long internships in Taipei, Taiwan, with some of the foremost doctors in the field of pain management and herbalism, as well as frequent observations at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Tzu-Chi Buddhist hospital.
Matt found acupuncture and Oriental medicine while dealing with his own healing crisis; for a decade he suffered from debilitating insomnia, fatigue, and digestive complaints that were untreatable by conventional medicine. It was only after having had consistent acupuncture and herbal treatment that his life dramatically improved. Inspired by this healing process, Matthew made the choice to devote himself to acupuncture and Oriental medicine, so that he may help others going through similar situations.
Before studying Oriental medicine, Matthew was an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest, and spent 3 years in strict monastic practice as a Zen Buddhist Monk. This monastic training included study in classical Buddhist thought and psychology; classical insight and meditation practices, including Koan study; and finally, aspects of modern psychology.