Michael Aanavi, PhD, LAc
Dr. Michael Aanavi is licensed as both an acupuncturist and a clinical psychologist in the State
of Alaska, and holds an MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a PhD in clinical/multicultural & community psychology.
Dr. Aanavi has served as a clinician, consultant, and manager in numerous psychiatric, primary care, and addiction treatment
programs, as well as on the faculty of UCSF School of Medicine and the California School of Professional Psychology. He is
the author of The Trusting Heart: Addiction, Recovery, and Intergenerational Trauma (Chiron, 2012).
Dr. Aanavi grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii in the
town of Waimea, and subsequently spent many years in New York City and the Bay Area before becoming a devoted Alaskan. He
enjoys taking time away from the office for fishing, hunting, foraging, and exploration of all kinds, and is dazzled on a
daily basis by the play of light in the Alaskan skies and spirit.
Dr. Aanavi’s practice of Chinese medicine is rooted in his personal
commitment to spiritual, psychological, and bodily transformation; most important for him has been the practice of taijiquan
(t’ai chi ch’uan), qigong, and meditation in the Daoist and Buddhist traditions. He is deeply grateful to his
primary mentors, Dr. Benjamin Tong, Dr. Eduardo Duran, Dr. Joseph Ng, Liu Ming, and Eve Soldinger, and to his wife and son
who are his greatest teachers.
Aanavi works with a wide range of health conditions, including chronic and recurrent pain, emotional and mental health concerns,
women and men's health, metabolic and stress-related issues, autoimmune and degenerative disorders, and mind-body health concerns
of all kinds. For more about Dr. Aanavi’s background and practice of Chinese medicine, please visit his website: www.michaelaanavi.com.