Cathryn Davidson became passionate about Chinese Medicine after getting acupuncture for a shoulder injury and experiencing dramatic pain relief. That propelled her into studying the Five Element style during her undergraduate degree, and completing her thesis on acupuncture, philosophy and ecopsychology. Cathryn graduated with a Masters in Acupuncture degree from Five Branches University. She started studying herbology in middle school and has continued to deepen and broaden her understanding of herbal medicine.
Bill Davidson holds a bachelor's degree from California State University San Francisco and a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Five Branches University. He is licensed to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine by the California Acupuncture Board and is a primary care practitioner in the State of California.
During his clinical training Bill specialized in treating sports injury patients. As an avid cyclist, surfer, and martial artist, he has a personal interest in working with athletes to help maintain health, and where necessary, overcome injury. Also, in clinical training he used scalp acupuncture for neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and stroke, areas of medicine he will continue to pursue. Bill completed an externship at Janus of Santa Cruz, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility, where he used the NADA ear acupuncture protocol to help patients recovering from addiction.
Bill grew up in Santa Barbara and started training in traditional Taiwanese martial arts and Taoism at the age of 18 under Master Paul Cheng, a master of internal forms of martial arts who taught on Santa Barbara's East side during the 1980's. Several years of daily training with Master Cheng planted the seed that would grow to a lifetime interest in traditional martial arts, Taoism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A knee injury while training in 2002 and subsequent acupuncture treatment and recovery were Bill's first direct exposure to acupuncture. Inspired by his outcome he pursued a formal education in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over the next five years of classroom work and over 900 hours of clinical work, he came to understand the true potential of this medicine.
Bill is pleased to be back in Santa Barbara and excited to offer his services to his family, friends and community.