Matthew Brookman M.Ac, L.Ac, Dipl. Om
As a national board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, I believe my job is to be a compassionate wellness partner to my clients. I am there to listen to them, support them, and help them with whatever they are going through. I thrive in one-on-one collaboration with others, which allows me to identify simple, flexible, self-care solutions, that help us better address changing symptoms — using acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbs, or tailored wellness education with in-person or virtual meetings.
I am a licensed, national board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist (NCCAOM) and a graduate of Tai Sophia (Maryland University of Integrative Health) - one of the longest running acupuncture schools in the United States. Chinese medicine is my second career. The acupuncture arts are a natural evolution of my personality, experience and skills. Previously, I was a set lighting technician (union IATSE local 728) working with my hands on large scale film, television, and commercial productions in Los Angeles, California. I earned my MFA in Cinematography from New York University, developing an appreciation of how the craft and art of moving images can share with others an understanding of the human condition. My undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor was all about global-social-cultural relationships of language, literature, and story telling, whether that be in contemporary or ancient texts, resulting in a BA in Comparative Literature.
After a decade of clinical acupuncture practice in the Washington DC metropolitan area, my wife’s career brought our family to Madison, Wisconsin. Raised in a Midwest family where my father was a physician, and a mother is an artist - I was inspired to dive into diverse studies ranging from narrative structure, the visual arts, and medical philosophies. Throughout my life, I always felt most awake in nature, and I still do whether it is on a family bike ride, kayaking with my son, or exploring an old growth cedar forest. Observation of our natural environment and how it intersects with human physiology informs the inner-workings of Chinese medicine. I want to stretch my clients’ personal wisdom and awareness around their health with the practical and unique science of Chinese medicine.