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About David Engstrom

Exercise and fitness have been a major part of my life, from my teenage years as a competitive wrestler, through my adult years as a practicing martial artist (Jujutsu). My first experience with Asian medicine, including body therapy and acupuncture, came via injuries sustained from my martial arts training.

At that time, I was a respiratory therapist working in major teaching hospitals alongside many top internists and surgeons. During my career I worked in areas of care from neonatal units to intensive care and emergency rooms. From this experience I gained a great respect for the technology of Western medical science and conventional therapies, especially in the area of treating acute life threatening illnesses and trauma. 

The extraordinary results I experienced with Asian medicine to treat my martial arts injuries led me on a journey of discovery that culminated in training and certification in Zen Bodytherapy and acupuncture, as well as -- my new career. 

A four-year stay in Kyoto, Japan introduced me to renowned practitioners of Asian medicine modalities, acupuncture, moxibustion, and manual therapy, as well as the classical disciplines of martial arts and calligraphy, where I learned techniques that had been passed down for generations. I continue to seek out the best teachers and mentors as I continue my lifelong journey to provide the best care for my clients.



Licensed Massage Therapist-State of Missouri (2018043060), 12/2018

Physio-Synthesis Level two training with Ida Thomas, November 3-5, 2017, La Crescenta, CA.
Physio-Synthesis Level one training with Ida Thomas, June 23-25, 2017, La Crescenta, CA.
NASM-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer (#1170084194), 06/2017
Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics-Massage Therapy Certificate, 08/2007
NCBTMB-Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (549240-07), 03/2008
Introduction to Zentherapy, September 18 & 19, 2010, Tacoma, WA
Certified Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy Practitioner April 2006, April 2008 and May 2010, Tacoma, WA
Certified Zen Bodytherapy Practitioner November 2006 and November 2007, Tacoma, WA
Licensed Massage Practitioner & Intra-oral certification (MA600026945), 07/2008
NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist 09/2014
Diplomate of Acupuncture from the NCCAOM (#1171), 07/92
Licensed Acupuncturist/EAMP, Washington State (AC00000138), 08/92
Former board member and past president of the National Sports Acupuncture Association
Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Masters of Acupuncture, 07/92
Associates of Applied Science (Respiratory Care), Seattle Central Community College, 06/86


I started seeing David because my doctor had told me I needed back surgery and either hip or knee replacement. I wanted a solution that was less invasive, yet still effective. I didn’t expect David would be so instrumental in my path to self-discovery. I didn’t expect to become more grounded, more self-aware, or more in touch with my emotions and body. I had hoped only for pain relief, and what I got was a way to eliminate the cause of the pain. I encourage anyone who is seeking a holistic approach to health to spend time on David’s table.
— Leona, Mountlake Terrace, WA