Jay Callender LAc

Jay Callender, MS TCM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Independent Practitioner
Licensed Acupuncturist
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine

“Balance in all things is a major component of our health and happiness. If there is balance between our external and internal environments health will occur naturally. This balance is not fixed but is constantly shifting, requiring a certain level of attentiveness from us.  Doing just enough to achieve balance is all that is required.  Thus, doing less can be more.

Balance should also exist between physician and patient. When the communication is clear, honest, and compassionate, the process of healing is enhanced.”

Jay Callender has been studying Asian culture, martial arts systems, and healing practices since the early 1970’s, and is a respected teacher, lecturer, and clinical practitioner. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, shortly after which he spent his early years living and being educated in abroad.

Dr. Sachio Ashida, PhD

Dr. Sachio Ashida, PhD

His interest in Asian culture began while pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree at Brockport State University, in upstate New York. Jay began his training and practice of Asian healing and martial arts in 1971 under the mentorship of Dr. Sachio Ashida, PhD. For the better part of a decade he was mentored by Dr. Ashida, a master martial artist, professor of Psychology, and coach to the 1976 United States Olympic Judo team.

After graduating from Brockport State Univ. with a bachelor’s degree, he moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he continued to formally study Asian martial arts, and healing practices.

In 1991 Jay began working as a full-time professional doing Asian therapeutic bodywork both privately and institutionally.) For over 17 years, his practice included Dan Zan Ryu Restorative Therapies (a bodywork system from Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu,) Shiatsu, and Nuad Bo Rarn (Thai medical massage.) During this time, he began to feel the need for deeper training and knowledge in the field of Asian healing arts.

When the communication is clear, honest, and compassionate, the process of healing is enhanced.

After over a decade in the practice of Asian bodywork, in 2000 Jay matriculated into a Master’s degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), in San Francisco. His education at ACTCM included not only acupuncture and Chinese herbology, but advanced training and certification in Tuina, (Chinese medical massage).

While studying at ACTCM he sought out leading clinicians as mentors, and clinical sites where he could practice TCM, intending to enhance his educational experience. His clinical training included internships at the on-campus Community Clinic, the Community Auricular Acupuncture Program, and at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. After graduating from ACTCM in 2004 with a MS degree in TCM, and being licensed/certified by California State, and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), he began practicing traditional Chinese medicine at Healing Circle, an integrative medical practice where he met and worked alongside Dr. Cheri Quincy.

His practice of TCM had been mainly focused on pain management and treatment of orthopedic conditions. Currently his practice has expanded to include health conditions associated with internal disorders, and supportive treatments for patients with chronic conditions.

Additionally, he holds advanced degrees in multiple martial art systems, and instructs both adult and children’s martial arts programs through Honshin Kan Martial Arts dojo, and the Sonoma County Family YMCA, in Santa Rosa.He is a frequent lecturer/instructor on Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Asian bodywork. Considering himself a lifetime student he continues to train, and study, in all areas of his life.

See Jay’s bio as a martial arts instructor.

Jay’s philosophy is that in the treatment of illness, many times “less is more”.  The idea being, to do just enough to assist the body to find its own natural state of balance.  When this balance is achieved healing and wellness ensues.

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Professional Memberships and Certifications

List of Conditions Treated

  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Addictions
  • Allergies, hay fever
  • Anxiety
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Degenerative issues
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Edema
  • Emotional disorders
  • Facial palsy (within 3-6 months)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder, Tennis elbow
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Hyperacidity
  • Inflammation
  • Injuries from auto accidents
  • Insomnia
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Low back pain
  • Orthopedic issues
  • Osteoarthritis and joint pains
  • Pain management
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Ringing in ears
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis, Rhinitis
  • Sore throat
  • Sprains
  • Stiff neck
  • Stress
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Weight control