Daniel Nemer, M. Ac., L. O.M., Dipl. O.M.
Meet Your Oriental Medicine Practioner
Daniel has been working in the field of East Asian Medicine since 1996, with continual study, vast and varied experiences and an innate gift of compassion. Translating Health LLC, of which he is the founder, has become a flagship for his life work and mission. Incorporating acupressure massage, needle and non-needling therapy, energy work, and herbal preparations, Daniel’s emphasis in treatment is to release blocks or holding patterns from the body, restore balance, and promote “superior health,” the ideal state where a person may reach their full potential.
A lover of travel and adventure, in 2006, shortly after returning from study in China, Daniel left Philadelphia for five years to become one of a select few of practicing acupuncturist at sea––treating people on the largest “floating cities” and ports of nearly every continent. It was there he refined his techniques with an ever-changing international client base that demanded immediate results in only days, not months. During this time, he also gave regular lectures on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Since returning to Philadelphia in 2011, Daniel’s holistic healing practice has flourished while also maintaining positions as a clinical supervisor, instructor and adjunct faculty for both the acupuncture and Chinese herb programs at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Daniel holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, formerly the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, one of the oldest acupuncture schools in America and in addition holds certificates of advanced training in Facial Rejuvenation (the Acupuncture Face-Lift), Chinese Herbal medicine, Pain management techniques, Auriculotherapy and massage. A lifelong musician and composer, Daniel can also be heard singing and performing on the guitar.
Masters of Acupuncture; Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, (formerly TAI Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts), Laurel, MD
Certificate Program in Chinese Herbal Medicine; Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, Hallandale, FL
Child Brain Development Course; Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania
Essentials of Auriculotherapy: Chinese and European Ear Acupuncture Points; Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Dr.Terry Olseon, California
Zero Balancing Level 1; Fritz Smith, Ellicot City, Maryland
Acupuncture During Labor and Delivery, Level 1; Claudia Citkovitz, MS, L. Ac., PCOM, New York
Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture; John Howard, Won Institute, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Unblocking the Pivot from the Classics to the Modern Clinic; Sharon Weizenbaum
Chinese Herbal Studies with Dr. Huang Huang; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Treating Patients with Chinese Medicine who are Taking Western Medicine; Bob Flaws, Distance-Learning course
Advanced Insurance Billing; American Acupuncture Council, Newark, New Jersey
Scalp Acupuncture for Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury; Won Institute, Glenside, Pennsylvania
Dr. Tan Balance Method; Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, LAc., Maryland, Philadelphia, New York
Japanese Style Pain Management; Upper, Middle and Lower Tan Tien Treatments for Neck and Low Back Issues, IBS and Treating Abdominal Scars; Kiiko Matsumoto, Master Acupuncturist
Oriental Medicine and the Endocrine System; Treating the Divergent Meridians; Jeffery Yuen
A Top Down Perspective on the Five-Elements; Lonny Jarrett, Laurel, Maryland
Chinese Herbal Medicine; Classroom and Private studies with Cara Frank, R. Ac.
200-Hour Massage Certificate; Omega Body Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Studies in Massage and Nutrition; Paul Pitchford, Heartwood Institute, Garberville, California
Chinese Language Studies; Philadelphia Community College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private Study and Observation with Dr. Qin Jian at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, TCM Department; Guangzhou, China
Bachelor’s Degree in Music and English; Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Licenses and Credentials:
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine; National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine by the Commonwealth of PA Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
Certified Auriculo-therapist; Auriculotherapy Certification Institute, Inc., Dr. Terry Oleson, Calfornia
Certified Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Practitioner; Virginia Doran
Certified in Clean Needle Technique by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
Red Cross First Aid Certified
Founder of Translating Health LLC in Private Practice since 2004
Adjunct Faculty at the Won Institute for Graduate Studies since 2011
International Acupuncture Practice at Sea from 2006-2011; Steiner Trans-Ocean Limited, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Holland America Lines
Washington Square Chiropractic Center, Philadelphia PA; 2004-2006
Pilates and More, Wayne PA; 2004-2006
TAI Sophia Institute Student Acupuncture Clinic; 2001-2004
Chinese Herb Dispensary Manager at the TAI Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD and the Maryland Institute of TCM, Bethesda, MD; between 2001-2005
Office Manager at the China Herb Company, Philadelphia, PA; 1997-2001
Societies and memberships:
Association for Professional Acupuncturists
American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Know Your Acupuncturist
Practitioners whose educational focus is in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine receive approximately 80% of their training exclusively in this field, and undergo an extensive clinical internship averaging 3 years. Other healthcare practitioners may use acupuncture, which is one of the many therapies of Oriental Medicine, as an adjunct to their primary practice. While all of these practitioners also have training in western medical sciences, this chart is designed to illustrate the varying levels of acupuncture training generally undertaken by healthcare professionals.
Amount of Training
1363 hours to 2000 hours in Acupuncture (or 2000-3000 hours in Oriental Medicine)*
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Oriental Medicine Practitioner
Oriental Medical Acupuncture
Typically a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) or Registered Acupuncturist whose primary training is in Acupuncture and/or Oriental Medicine, and has:
(a) obtained a 3 to 4-year master’s level degree or diploma from a school approved by ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine), and
(b) is awarded the Dipl.Ac. (Diplomate in Acupuncture) designation upon successful examination by the NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) which is the national standard used for licensing in most states. **
–Used for a broad range of health issues, including chronic disease, pain, internal medicine, rehabilitation, and prevention based on Oriental medical theory.
300 hours or less
Typically a medical doctor, osteopath, naturopath, or chiropractor who uses acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy; the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that medical doctors have 200 hours of training to know when to refer to a more fully-trained Acupuncturist or Oriental Medicine practitioner.***
-Most commonly used for pain and basic ailments.
Around 100 hours or less
Typically a detoxification technician or chiropractor (detox techs should be under supervision of a Licensed Acupuncturist, see above, and are limited to 5 points on the ear)
-Most commonly used for pain management or addiction & detoxification through auricular acupuncture.
For a list of approved schools and colleges, contact the U.S. Department of Education or:
www.ccaom.org www.nccaom.org www.acaom.org
*Many Acupuncture & Oriental Medical schools exceed 2000 hours.
**Acupuncture/Oriental Medical practitioners are able to obtain a D.A.O.M. doctoral degree from an ACAOM-approved clinical doctoral program. Some states also designate the licensing title (non-degree) as D.O.M. or D.Ac, or Acupuncture Physician. Licensed Acupuncturists may have also obtained an O.M.D., Ph.D., or D.Ac. for non-extensive post-graduate training (from unaccredited programs). Thus, it is important to ask where such a title was received.
***Some medical doctors and chiropractors are trained and licensed in both western and Oriental medical acupuncture. Ask your physician about his or her credentials. Acupuncture should only be administered by a practitioner who has specific training in this field, due to risk of improper needling, inadequate understanding of Oriental medical diagnostic procedures, transmission of disease, imbalancing of energy, or ethical violations.