Miami Herbalist Carolyn Cook is a doctor of Chinese medicine, acupuncture physician and a licensed massage therapist in Miami, Florida.
Carolyn Cook, MSOM, AP, Dipl Canonical Chinese Medicine, LMT
Carolyn Cook is a doctor of Chinese medicine, acupuncture physician and a licensed massage therapist. She has been in private practice for more than 20 years in Miami. Carolyn is the owner of Classical Herbs and Acupuncture since 1994.
Carolyn’s first exposure to Asian culture was during her teen years when her father, a military man, moved the family to Taiwan and Japan. An acquaintance, an old Chinese woman, helped her one day by treating her with folk medicine for a bad headache. To Carolyn’s surprise and relief and curiosity, it worked. She believes her young life spent in the oriental culture subtly set the stage for her future career.
As a young adult she attended college with the intention of becoming a physical therapist. After graduating, she was encouraged to learn massage as an adjunct therapy. That encouragement led her to an entirely new path in the healing arts and she enrolled at Educating Hands in Miami where she obtained her state license in massage. As a prerequisite to graduation, Carolyn had to submit a term paper. Her chosen topic was Shiatsu, the manual equivalent of acupuncture, and another portent of her future life focus.
After graduation she traveled to China to study at the Xi Yuan Hospital in Beijing where her class was given a tour of the hospital where they observed patients being treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine. She felt a deep connection to this traditional Chinese practice and the fascination led her to again pursue a new direction in her studies.
Upon her return to the United States she immediately enrolled in a master’s degree program at the Southeastern Institute of Oriental Medicine and later extended her studies another year to graduate with a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree. During her acupuncture training she continued to upgrade her skills in massage therapy by studying the Kurashova method of rehabilitative massage with Zhenya Wine. She also traveled to Moscow, Russia, with Zhenya to study at a rehabilitative center whose patient base included cosmonauts and Olympic athletes. With her extensive education, she was asked to teach in the massage department of the Southeastern Institute of Oriental Medicine. The courses she taught were kinesiology and massage technique.
Carolyn practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine for several years after graduation but was nagged by the feeling she was missing some key knowledge. A personal quest ensued to find this missing piece and to perfect her skills through higher education. She traveled to California to attend a lecture by Dr. Liu Lihong, a renowned professor of Classical Chinese Medicine at Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University in China. Carolyn credits Dr. Lihong with inspiring and fueling her desire to help people using this ancient knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine.
She continued her quest by studying the Hunyuan method for infertility with Dr. Yaron Seidman, a successful practitioner in Connecticut, who also introduced her to the concept of Classical Chinese Medicine. Carolyn discovered that Classical Chinese Medicine (Shanghan Lun) differs in philosophy from Traditional Chinese Medicine and sensed this was the key she had been searching for. Her fascination with Shanghan Lun, an ancient teaching over 2000 years old, launched a search for a mentor and teacher. Her research then led her to Dr. Arnaud Versluys from Belgium, with whom she is currently studying and whose bio may be found under the education tab. She began her studies with Dr. Versluys in the spring of 2008 and traveled to San Francisco monthly for three years to study with him. Dr. Versluys teaches Classical Chinese Medicine worldwide and Carolyn has traveled to Germany, England, Portland, Oregon, and New Orleans in 2009, 2011, 2013, and in 2015 to attend his seminars. Dr. Versluys has mentored Carolyn in the many concepts and practice of Shang Han Lun and helped to redefine her practice to achieve amazing results with her patients. She credits Dr. Versluys for his great detail as a teacher and his generosity in sharing his knowledge. Carolyn sees herself as extremely fortunate to have found teachers and mentors who have learned their profession directly from Dr. Zeng Rongxiu, a pure clinician of the Shanghan Lun tradition, and the last living disciple of Dr. Tian Heming, the great master of Classical Chinese Medicine. Known as the Shanghan Lun pulse master, Dr. Heming took the pulse of the patient and immediately prescribed the classical formula.
These educators have encouraged Carolyn to study the classics and have instilled in her a desire to use them to aide and educate others. Carolyn has acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge on her journey of discovery. Classical Chinese Medicine has become her major passion and focus. She believes she has found that missing key in its ancient tenets and expects it to be her path of practice and study for the rest of her life.
Studies with Arnaud Versluys, Lake Oswego, Oregon 2008 – 2015
DIPLOMATE IN CANONICAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Dr Tian Case Studies and Modification System · Pathologies and Formulas of the Decoction Classic tengye jing
Classical Pathophysiology of Small Intestine (Case studies of Zeng Rongxiu MD and Dr Tian Heming practice of shan shou or Perfect conclusion)
Shanghan Lun Lines Retreat 2013, New Orleans Louisiana (and Laurie Ayres)
Annual Zeng Rongxiu Shanghan lun Conference 2011
Shang han lines, London, England November 2010
Shang han lun lines retreat, Berlin, Germany June 2010
Annual Zeng Rongxiu Shanghan lun Conference 2009
Southeastern Institute of Oriental Medicine
Class of 1999 · Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine · Miami, Florida FLORIDA BOARD CERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN 1997
DIPLOMATE NCCAOM IN ACUPUNCTURE 1997
- Hunyuan Fertility – Chinese herbal medicine and Infertility 2007
- Russian Medical Massage, Moscow Russia 1997
Moscow Rehabilitative Hospital where cosmonauts and athletes are rehabilitated
Educating Hands School of Massage, Miami, Florida
Class of 1993
FLORIDA BOARD CERTIFIED LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST 1994
- Traditional Medical Qi Gong Beijing, China 1994
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 1994, 1995, 1996
- Russian Rehabilitative Massage
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 1995
- Neuromuscular Re-education
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 1993, 1994
Miami Dade College
Class of 1993 Physical Therapy