John S Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc
“It is through removing the obstacles to cure that we are able to allow the body to heal.”
Dr. Finnell is an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioner, a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and a researcher in complementary and integrative medicine (CIM). He earned his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and his Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore/Seattle, WA.
Dr. John’s personal history provides a foundation for his philosophy regarding patient efficacy. Dr. John was born with clubbed feet and spent his formative years in and out of surgery, casts, and braces. The day his orthopedist gave up on the hope of his feet ever straightening out was the day that a spark ignited within him to walk with his feet outwards. He walked with care until one day he became aware that his feet were straight. Of this experience, Dr. John says, “It is that same spark that I cultivate in my patients that inspires their intention to heal from within and achieve their ultimate transformation.”
He further explains that, “My approach is to educate my patients on proper living and prevention, to stimulate their body’s natural ability to heal, to identify the cause of disease, and to treat the whole person. I provide supportive care and individualized treatment plans for my patients. In addition to acupuncture and herbal therapies, I also incorporate dietary and lifestyle recommendations into each visit.” The tenet in Chinese medicine of treating the root (cause) of disease instead of the branches (symptoms) is of primary importance in Dr. John’s approach.. “This principle is very appealing to me because it is through removing the obstacles to cure that we are able to allow the body to heal,” he says. “My patients appreciate this perspective as well because it empowers their transformation by allowing them to make changes in their own lives.”
A Texas native, Dr. John took a circuitous route to AOMA. He completed his BA in Chemistry at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Subsequently, he moved to Sweden, where he completed a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and later went on to Dallas in his first career as an environmental engineer. As a direct result of this experience assessing environmental risks to human health for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. John was inspired to pursue further training in natural medicine and research.
It was his training Naturopathic and Chinese medicines at Bastyr University that laid the foundation for his life’s work as it has unfolded today. To support his lifelong commitment to improving the health of individuals and communities as a clinician, educator, and researcher, he completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. In addition, he completed both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinical research fellowships with the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Now that he is at AOMA as an administrator, a professor, and a practitioner, he is using his expertise and years of training not only to help his patients regain their health but also to train the next generation of clinicians and researchers.
One of Dr. John’s favorite activities is taking a dip in the healing waters of the local springs, such as Barton Springs in Austin, Hancock Pool in Lampasas, or Hamilton Pool in Travis. He also loves hiking in the hill country with his two dogs, Molly and Toby. He is thrilled to be back in his beloved Austin!
- Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – State of Texas
- Naturopathic Medicine – State of Washington
- Diplomate of Oriental Medicine – NCCAOM
- Acu-Detox Specialist – NADA Certification