Dr. Ryan A. Ruiz, DACM, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, completed his Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) degree from the Pacific College of Health and Science’s (PCHS) Chicago campus in December 2016. After completing his board exams and achieving licensure in early 2017, Dr. Ruiz worked in an integrated setting alongside massage therapists, chiropractors, clinical nutritionists, and doctors of Functional Medicine, often collaborating on shared patient cases to optimize clinical outcomes. During his three-year tenure Dr. Ruiz received extensive training and experience in the treatment of women’s health issues and human infertility as well as in the treatment of musculoskeletal and pain conditions. While still working full-time, Dr. Ruiz completed the First-Professional Doctorate program online through PCHS’s San Diego campus, earning the degree and title of Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) in August 2019. In May 2020, Dr. Ruiz pursued a dream role, transitioning to Chicago’s Jesse Brown VA Medical Center as part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department, running a full outpatient clinic, performing inpatient treatments in his “spare time,” and performing educational Acupuncture presentations to patients and other hospital faculty and staff. In addition to his work duties, Dr. Ruiz created an Acupuncture internship program at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center for Acupuncture students, acting as the shift supervisor for PCHS students treating Veterans in the hospital setting. Dr. Ruiz recently completed the didactic portion of a specialized, neuroscience-based electroacupuncture system called Neuropuncture and looks to complete the clinical portion for full certification in the system Summer 2022.

If you are interested in learning more about our acupuncture degree programs or our massage therapy certificate and degree programs, please visit the Pacific College of Health and Science’s acupuncture programs page or the Pacific College of Health and Science’s massage therapy certificate program page.

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