About Joel Robbins


Joel Robbins began studying traditional health cultivation practices, including taiji, qigong and herbal medicine in the early 1990s. He maintained a lifelong interest in these arts, studying with many renowned teachers, and in 2004 was certified to teach taiji and bagua. He received a bachelor’s degree in holistic nutrition from Bastyr University in 2006, and a master’s in acupuncture and Oriental medicine (MAcOM) from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2011. Throughout both of his programs Joel trained in Taoist health cultivation at the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle, refining his taiji and qigong practice, and in 2011 he became an authorized qigong instructor. After receiving board-certification as a Chinese medicine practitioner (Dipl. OM) in 2011, Joel returned to his home town of Ann Arbor Michigan.

Degrees & Certifications

  • Registered Acupuncturist #5401000016 (State of Michigan, registered since 2011)
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM, certified since 2011)
  • Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (SIOM, 2011)
  • Zheng Gu Tui Na Levels 1-3 Certification (SIOM, 2010)
  • Zen Shiatsu Level 1 Certification (Zen Shiatsu Seattle, 2008)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics (Bastyr University, 2006)
  • Authorized Instructor: Qigong, Chinese Nutrition, (Taoist Studies Institute, 2011)
  • Certified Instructor: Ba Gua and Tai Chi (Wutang PCA, 2004)


  • Taoist Studies Institute • 2004-present
    Classes in Chen style Taichi, push hands, Hun Yuan and Chan Si Qigong, Chinese nutrition, Taoist philosophy, meditation, constitutional assessment, Yang Sheng nourishing life practices.
  • Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine • 2008-2011
    Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Comprehensive Chinese medical training in herbal medicine, Zheng Gu Tui Na bodywork certification, acupuncture and acupressure, moxabustion, cupping, nutrition and qigong.
  • Zen Shiatsu Seattle • Summer 2008
    Level 1 certification. Instruction and practice of Zen Shiatsu and meridian stretching.
  • Bastyr University • 2004-2006
    Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Classes in holistic, whole foods nutrition, herbal medicine classes along with CADE certified dietetic training.
  • Wutang Physical Culture Association • 2002-2004
    Certified Taichi and Bagua Instructor. Classes in Yang style Taichi, Lao Ba Zhang and Beijing Bagua Zhang, push hands, Qigong and Taoist meditation.
  • William C.C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan • March-August, 2002
    Classes in Qigong and the 37 movement Yang form of the Chen Man Ching lineage
  • Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett • Summer 2003
    Green Medicine Making. Instruction in the creation of teas, tinctures, salves, vinegars and other herbal products.
  • Ann Arbor Shaolin Kungfu • 2000-2002
    Classes in Bagua, Xingyi, Qigong and Chinese martial arts.
  • Taichi Instructor Tasha Lebow • 1993-2001
    Independent study in Yang style White Crane Taichi
  • Herbalist Bronwen Gates • June-August, 1997
    Independent study in herbal medicine and wild plants.
  • Herbalist Ellen Weatherbee • 1993-1994
    Classes in wild edible and medicinal plants through the Matthaei Botanical Gardens