During his ten year training in Chinese Martial Arts, including traveling to China for advanced Qi Gung trainings, Mikel discovered the healing powers of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This brought him to The Five Branches Institute where he earned a Masters in TCM, specializing in orthopedic and musculo-skeletal acupuncture. Mikel furthered his training by completing an internship in internal medicine at the Zheijang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. In addition, Mikel has completed the 300 hour Lerner Education course in orthopedics, and also has certification in acupressure and tui na from the Acupressure Institute. He is an avid surfer and cyclist and has been an athlete most of his life. Mikel is licensed by the California State Acupuncture Board to practice Acupuncture and Herbology and is board certified by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in acupuncture orthopedics.