Gregory E. LeBlanc
Greg graduated from SAMRA University in 1995 with a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine; in 2015 he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist studies from Buddha Dharma University. Greg has taught at both SARMA University (Los Angeles) and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Oakland); teaching Acupuncture point location, Chinese medicine nutrition and Pharmacology. He has been in private practice for 23 years.
Greg is a life long student of the martial arts and coaches a class in Wing Chun Kung Fu in Oakland. Greg is a Zen teacher in the Five Mountains school of Zen and offers by appointment instruction in meditation and Koan study from his office in Berkeley. He enjoys hiking in the hills of Berkeley and Oakland with his wife Gwyn. Greg is originally from Los Angeles and has lived here in the Bay Area since 2006.
Greg combines his training in Traditional Chinese Medicine with Balance method acupuncture to provide a dynamic approach to treatment. He has over the years completed numerous courses in a wide variety of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine methods, styles and specialties; in the time he has been in practice he has provided over 40,000 acupuncture treatments.
Greg believes a complete approach to health, healing and well-being involves therapies like acupuncture and herbal medicine; plus stress reduction, exercise and nutrition. The Chinese doctors for thousands of years have recommended a variety of practices, habits and behaviors for the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being. Today meditation and mindfulness are becoming mainstream, as is recommendations for diet and exercise, these ideas have been common practice in Chinese medicine for millennia.
-Ph.D. in Buddhist studies (2015)
-M.S. in Oriental Medicine (1995)
-Sifu certification Wing Chun (2005)
-Zen Dharma transmission (2015)
-California licensed acupuncturist (1996 - L.Ac.)
-Board certified acupuncture (1996 - NCCAOM)
-Board certified herbal medicine (1996 - NCCAOM)
-Provider for the US Department of Veterans Affairs
-Provider for the OWCP (Federal work comp)
-600 + hours of postgraduate education (CEU's)
-Founding member: CATMA
Gwyn is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP) and Strength coach. She teaches individual lessons, or Functional Integration© lessons; and group classes, or Awareness Through Movement© classes.
Gwyn specializes in working with older adults, helping them retain function in their daily lives. Gwyn discovered barbell training in 2008 to support her martial arts practice. She has competed in several strength lifting meets. Gwyn is delighted to help others regain strength and function through barbell training.
Gwyn has been teaching self-defense classes since 2004 with the Girl Army collective. Girl Army teaches women's self-defense to women and trans people. She also teaches group workshops which can range from a one day to a six week workshop. Gwyn is also available to teach individual self-defense lessons.
Click here for a Radio Interview with Gwyn on Self-Defense
Gwyn received her Sandan (third degree black belt) in the art of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 2013, Aikido in 2012, and received her Nidan in the Japanese sword art Toyama Ryu Battodo in 2010 from her teacher, Professor Michael Esmailzadeh, at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland.
Gwyn has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance. Prior to studying martial arts, she performed with modern dance companies in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area for over a decade. Her love of dance infuses her Feldenkrais practice with humor and imagination.