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Bart Vermilya is a Registered Acupuncturist in the state of Michigan.  He has a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Phoenix Institute of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA).  Bart has received additional training in Tui Na (Chinese style massage) and Seifukujitsu which is a Japanese style of restorative body work used by martial artists to recover from injuries.


Bart has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University and an extensive background in Telecommunications.  His



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entire career has been spent on problem solving issues within complex integrated systems and networks.  The human body is such a system.  His engineering background helps him develop a logical approach to a treatment plan that is unique to each patient while his Eastern training allows him to see each person as more than a ‘sum of their parts’ allowing him to treat the whole person.


Bart was initially introduced to Chinese Medicine 20 years ago, when he started taking martial arts as an outlet to deal with the stress that came along with being a civil engineer and later, a telecommunications analyst.  A marital arts injury led him to try Chinese Medicine as a way to heal naturally and he was surprised at the positive results.  That “injury” was what inspired him to take on a different career path as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist.


Bart’s other interests include teaching Martial arts, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. He enjoys spending time outdoors camping and hiking, but his greatest joy is spending time with family and friends


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao-tzu


Initial visits generally last from 30 to 90 minutes. Your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.

During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

Your practitioner will also employ diagnostic tools that are unique to acupuncture and TCM such as tongue and pulse diagnosis.


Your Treatment Plan

Once your acupuncturist has gathered enough information, you’ll receive a comprehensive diagnosis and a treatment plan that will explain:

  • Your underlying imbalances

  • Your time line of care

  • What types of treatment you will receive


Getting The Most Out Of Treatment

For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:

  • Please show up on time

  • Don’t eat a large meal before your visit

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes

  • Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist

  • Refrain from overexertion, drugs or alcohol for at least six hours after treatment

  • Follow your treatment plan between visits

  • Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones


How Treatment Works

To treat any Qi imbalances, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways. Your acupuncturist will concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs, based on your unique issues and symptoms.

Your acupuncturist may include other related therapies in your treatment plan, such as cupping, Gwa Sha or moxabustion. Herbal remedies are another important aspect of acupuncture and TCM, and it is important to understand and follow your practitioner’s directions in order to get the most benefit from these treatments.


Your Role In The Healing Process

Your actions are a key component of your treatment plan. Focusing on your health and committing to a healthy lifestyle are the best steps you can take for your well-being. Together, you and your acupuncturist can heal your imbalances and help you achieve harmony and balance.


Even after your symptoms are resolved, acupuncture can assist you in maintaining your health, and possibly prevent future imbalances. The more you incorporate acupuncture and TCM into your life, the more you’ll learn to nurture your body, mind and spirit.


Acupuncture is not an instant fix.

True healing takes time and dedication. Depending on your current health and symptoms, you could feel better right away, or you may need treatments for weeks, months or years to achieve the results you want. Your acupuncturist can give you an idea of what to expect. With a little patience and an open mind, you’ll be on your way to health and vitality.


Acupuncture and TCM offer a safe and effective holistic health care system. This natural approach can both resolve symptoms and enhance your overall health.


By taking the right steps and planting the seeds of health, you are on the road to a healthier you!