Courtney’s education and training

Courtney Codina

My training has taken me from the American pre-med experience all the way to China and back. Aside from school, a number of experiences, particularly in the arts, have developed my character and made me the practitioner I am today.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

After my positive and transformative personal experiences with acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine, I decided to find a graduate program in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I looked all over the country and chose Texas Health and Science University in Austin, TX. While there, I was able to train with seasoned acupuncturists and herbalists and was given the opportunity to integrate this holistic medicine into my everyday life. Not only did I get to study the classical texts regarding TCM, but I also received in-depth, hands-on experience treating a wide range of conditions through interning with experienced practitioners.

Study and practice in China

I have had the unique opportunity to study in China at ZheJiang Chinese Medical University and affiliated hospital in HangZhou through my graduate program with Texas Health and Science University. While abroad, I shadowed and assisted doctors in the departments of Orthopedics, TuiNa (Chinese Physical and Manual Therapy), Scalp Acupuncture, Stroke Rehabilitation, and pediatric TuiNa. I was able to learn and execute traditional techniques in a fully integrated, modern medical environment. These experiences have helped me to grow deep roots in the rich history of TCM while fostering a modern, progressive approach to health and wellness.

Undergraduate Education
I began my undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I followed the pre-med track with a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience. This gave me the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the sciences and Western medical theory. I completed my undergraduate coursework at Texas Health and Science University in Austin, TX with a B.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
During my education at Texas Health and Science University I had the opportunity to train in reflexology. Reflexology is a therapeutic massage/acupressure technique that uses small areas of the body (like the hand or foot) as a microcosm of the whole body. By stimulating the various areas of the foot or hand, you can enhance the well-being of the entire body.
I’ve been dancing since I was three years old. While classical ballet has been the cornerstone of my training, I’ve enjoyed branching out into other styles. I am especially fond of tap, contemporary, and modern dance. I’ve also recently begun enjoying ecstatic dance. The performance arts have served as an artistic and athletic outlet through the various stages of my life and have played a pivotal role in shaping the person I am today. The combination of boundary-pushing creative expression with discipline, sacrifice and passion is a beautiful balancing act that serves to inspire all areas of my life.
Tinctures, Teas, & Probiotics

In addition to my extensive herbal education in graduate school, I delight in experimenting with herbal tinctures, teas, kombucha, and kefir. I have enjoyed combining the theory and knowledge of Chinese herbs with Western herbs to produce therapeutic combinations, including learning with the amazing Joe Hollis at Mountain Gardens. I love brewing homemade kombucha and experimenting with the flavors, while monitoring the probiotic balance.

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