Esther Garcia-Cuellar, M.S., L.Ac.

I graduated from Bastyr University in 2002, achieving an M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and became a diplomate of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. At the end of the program I studied in Shanghai, China, where I observed specialized therapies in the various medical departments of the Shanghai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and took daily instruction on numerous medical subjects. My clinical work and education have focused on gynecology, musculoskeletal disorders, and various internal medicine conditions. I attained certification by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association to treat substance addiction. The style of acupuncture that I practice is known as Master Tung (pronounced "dong") who was the end of a 500-year family lineage of Chinese medicine masters. I have studied under Susan Johnson who is a second generation master of Dr. Tung.

While at Bastyr, I pursued extracurricular subjects such as Craniosacral Therapy. This modality greatly advanced my skills as an acupuncturist along with providing another valuable tool to aid in healing. While starting my private practice in 2004 and 2005 I pursued further training through the Upledger Institute of CranioSacral Therapy.

I graduated from Brenneke School of Massage in 2000, simultaneously with beginning my acupuncture training, specializing in sports massage and myofascial release.

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In 2008, I completed an extensive training program on diagnosis, treatment, and management of fertility through the Jade Institute in Seattle, which included Western diagnosis and research as well as Naturopathic medicine perspectives.

Then, in 2009 I trained in kinesiotaping through KinesioTex brand, followed by Functional Movement Therapy taping through Rocktape in 2014. I have found it highly beneficial and a great adjunct therapy in combination with the other techniques and modalities in which I am trained. Currently, Rocktape is my preferred brand of tape with a stronger adhesive and 30% more elastic. I have found their instructional videos on basic taping techniques to be the best on the internet http://rocktape.com/videos/.

As of 2013, my most recent training and education is in Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institute. Below is a list of the classes I have taken thus far, including repeats. I am very excited to offer it to my patients and incorporate it into my toolbox of other skills.

Palpation and evaluation
Listening 1; 2x
Listening 2; 2x
focus on primary tension and/or restriction, which enables more effective treatment.

Visceral manipulation
VM1 2x, TA once - stomach, liver, gall bladder, duodenum, colon;
VM2 2x - kidneys, pancreas, spleen, greater omentum, peritoneum;
VM3 3x - urinary bladder, uterus and ovaries, prostate, rectum;
VM4 2x - ribcage, thyroid, trachea, esophagus, lungs and pleura, heart, pericardium, mediastinum;
VM5 1x - manual thermal evaluation, excess energy (often of emotional origin) and how that affects structural integrity;

Neural Manipulation
NM1 1x - kinetic forces of trauma and whiplash, restrictions in the meninges, cervical and lumbosacral regions;
NM2 1x - evaluation and treatment on nerves of the upper body;
NM3 1x - evaluation and treatment on nerves of the lower body;

Vascular Manipulation
VVMU 1x - evaluation and treatment on vascular structures of the upper body
VVML - evaluation and treatment on vascular structures of the lower body 4/2020

Advanced Clinical Applications:
1.Liver, gall bladder, stomach
2.Duodenum, small instestine, large intestine
3.Kidneys, spleen, pancreas
4.Urinary bladder, uterus and prostate, rectum
5.Thyroid, heart, lungs - scheduled for January 2020

Advanced Visceral Components of the Neck and Thorax; 1x
Dissection of untreated cadaver; 1x

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