jd-photoJeffrey Dann

Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., L.Ac.

Jeffrey Dann has been an educator and community health practitioner for the past 40 years.  Having studied pre-med and anthropology at Dartmouth College, he did graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle, in medical anthropology.  His fascination  with the role of culture in the medical field led to 3 years of research in Japan, where he studied traditional healing arts and the martial art of Kendo, which resulted in a Ph.D. and a career change from anthropologist to practitioner of Oriental Medicine.

As a resident of Hawaii from 1969 to 1994, Jeffrey was an adjunct faculty member in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHHC). Concurrently he was the founder and co-owner of Hilo Natural Foods, the first health food store and natural restaurant on the Big Island of Hawaii.  He was co-principal and co-founder of the Hilo School of Massage and the medical director of the East-West Clinic, Inc. a regional holistic integrated medicine clinic.  He was a consultant to the Hilo Adult Day Care Center and has given presentations for the State of Hawaii Library Extension program and at the John Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu.  He was co-president of the Traditional  Japanese Acupuncture Foundation (Hawaii), with Chieko Maekawa for 15 years.  This organization was seminal for bringing the greatest of Japanese acupuncture masters to the US for advanced training. For the past 2 years Jeffrey has been a group leader with Stephen Brown, bringing acupuncturists from around the world for advanced training with the Goto Medical College and the Japan Meridian Therapy Association in Tokyo, Japan.

Jeffrey’s anthropological interests in the development of Asian medicine led him to study in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China, Korea and Vietnam. With these diverse trainings and his interests in manual medicine and movement therapy, Jeffrey is highly specialized in treating muscular and orthopedic problems.  He is also a certified instructor in shiatsu for the American Oriental Body therapy Association (AOBTA) and as an approved instructor for the National commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) continuing education programs.

With his extensive teaching experience at acupuncture schools in Hawaii and Colorado, he was awarded status of full professor at the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO. A respected national and internationally known Acupuncture teacher, he has presented at National conventions as has been teaching Japanese Acupuncture to the Turkish Medical Acupuncture Association since 2002.  He has been a faculty member for the Japanese acupuncture certificate program at the AIMC (the Acupuncture Integrated Medicine College) in Berkeley, CA.  He is currently the senior editor of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM), the only bi-lingual Japanese-English journal devoted to the contemporary practice of traditional Japanese medicine.

Besides professional teaching, Jeffrey has been a community teacher with body-mind movement work for over 25 years.  He was the dojo master of the Pahoa Kendo Kai, the only non Japanese dojo master among the Hawaiian Japanese American community.  For the past 10 years he has been involved in the body-mind experiences of dance, movement, and somatic psychology.  Jeffrey has been the acupuncturist for the Cleo Parker Robinson Repertory Dance Medicine Team.  He has been a senior staff instructor and medical director for the intensive international young adult “rites of passage work” of Melissa Michaels’ Surfing the Creative Foundation.  He has worked with men and young adults in exploring mind-body– and emotion through dance and movement.  He is in the Core Facilitator group for the Boulder Contact Improv Labs.  Although he no longer is an active particpant in the martial arts, he has attained 4th degree black belt from Japan in Kendo, 2nd degree black belt in Iaido, and 1st degree black belt in Naginatado.