Practitioner Bio

Thomas Richardson, Licensed AcupuncturistBoulder Acupuncture Bio

Thomas Richardson is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, as well as a scholar and teacher of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.  From 2012-2014, Thomas lived in Boston, where he completed a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. His research focused on connections between Buddhism, Daoism, and Chinese medicine, as well as trauma, storytelling, and healing. During this time, he continued seeing patients in private practice and was on the faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture.  Thomas recently moved to Boulder, CO, and is currently on the faculty at Southwest Acupuncture College.

Thomas began studying acupuncture and Oriental medicine in 2005, while living in Austin, TX. He was drawn to the field for the way in which it brought together many interests and passions he had developed throughout his life up until that point—martial arts, meditative practices, helping others, yoga, herbal medicine and gardening, and writing and teaching.  Thomas received a Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA), after completing a BA in Economics and Spanish at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Over the last ten years, he has had the privilege and honor to study with several amazing mentors in the field:

  • Thomas studied acupuncture and pulse diagnosis intensively under Will Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc. In addition to over 500 hours of clinical observation and internship with Dr. Morris, he has also attended and been a TA for his seminars on Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis. Thomas is one of a select few students that Dr. Morris has given permission to teach this system of acupuncture and pulse diagnosis.
  • Thomas completed the Medical Qigong program at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA), studying under Dr. Yuxia Qiu and Junfeng Li.  He is a nationally certified practitioner of Medical Qigong and often integrates bodywork and meditative practices with his acupuncture treatments.
  • Thomas also apprenticed under Trina Sims, ABC, AHG, founder of Green Star Herbs and a phenomenal herbalist based in Austin, TX.  Trina has been a continuing inspiration in the realm of herbology, and under her guidance Thomas has gained much insight into the deeper nature and power of herbal medicine.

Thomas has studied many different traditions of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and healing, including 5 element, Dr. Tan Balance method, Tung style acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western herbalism, Ayurveda and others.  His primary studies are in Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis, but he utilizes different styles in every treatment depending on the patient, their condition, how needle sensitive they are, and other factors.

Acupuncture Practice, Boston area acupunctureCurrently, aside from clinical practice and teaching, Thomas is working on a book –Extraordinary Chinese Medicine: Medicine for Extraordinary Times-intended for other practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.  Throughout this process he has published numerous acupuncture articles in various journals of Oriental Medicine, both nationally and internationally.