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  • Writer's pictureHoward Chen, MD

A bit about me...

Here's a bio that I just wrote for Healing One - if you're interested in a bit more of my philosophy and my background, do read on !


There’s a line that we don’t often discuss - it’s the line between being a doctor and being a healer. I’ve been the first, but these days, I’m much more interested in becoming the second.

About me:

I’m Dr. Howard Chen. I’m a physician, board certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture. I’m a diving medicine physician, and have a certificate of added qualification in Hyperbaric medicine.

I was the Medical Director for Renown Medical Acupuncture for a decade, and then started Renown Integrative Primary Care. I’m an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, and I give a yearly lecture to 1st year medical students on Acupuncture. For years, I ran a 2 week elective in Medical Acupuncture for our 4th year medical students.

I also spent more than a decade working as a medic and a physician for the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert, most recently as their Medical Director of Pre and Post Event Medical Services.

Most recently, I spent most of 2018 sitting in meditation, reconnecting with my spirituality to enhance my ability to heal.

About you:

I look at your health from a multitude of viewpoints - Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Integrative Medicine. When we approach your health from many different perspectives, we begin to find that the illnesses that don’t make sense in one system can be linked together and understood through the use of another system. If we can link your past and present illnesses, we can understand the present and future illnesses that we should treat and prevent.

In my practice, I’m probably not going to write you a prescription. I’m much more likely to talk to you about herbs and supplements, and natural ways of healing your ailments. I’d rather use acupuncture needles to treat your illnesses and harmonize your energetic and physical bodies. But most of all, I want to take you on a journey of self-discovery and self-understanding, for I don’t believe that you can truly reach your best health without self knowledge.

Maybe it’s time for us to work together on you?

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