Qualifications: Master of Acupuncture, Doctor of Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Bloomington MN.
Greta Hazer graduated from the School of Music at the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. Concurrent to teaching music and mindfulness in schools, she became an instructor and performer of Latin dance internationally and locally, is an Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Practitioner, and is certified in Five Elements Qi Gong. After an opportunity to teach English in China, she became intrigued by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from NWHSU in both degrees of Master of Acupuncture and Doctor of Chinese Medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist.
Greta was first acquainted with acupuncture when she had experienced nerve pain as the result of an accident. She tried medication, chiropractic care, physical therapy, myofascial release and massage, but nothing helped the searing sensory nerve pain until she tried acupuncture. After only two acupuncture sessions, the pain and sensations in her hand resolved, and she realized there was something very special about this healing modality.
“It felt like life situations occurred to lead me to study acupuncture and TCM from the personal experience of how TCM can help in a situation that felt like there was no end to the pain,” says Greta; “I felt it was a sign that I must study this medicine and learn from this wisdom, so that I may help others this way. The healing that came from acupuncture literally brought happy tears to my eyes and was relief from a year of searing, constant nerve pain.”
Greta is a person who loves to look at things from a solution perspective, which is one reason she became fascinated with Chinese medicine. It focuses on the whole person, not on just one aspect of the person, and addresses things at the level of spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, as being all interconnected. She believes that although Western medicine helps patients in many ways, there are conditions for which Western medicine is not necessarily the right tool, and in those cases, Chinese medicine can be an effective option to consider and utilize.
“Another thing I love about Chinese medicine is that the herbal formulas I prescribe have such sophistication to them, where by using ingredients from our Earth such as cinnamon, ginger, white peony root, mushrooms, and hundreds of other herbs, used in varying combinations, can help with a plethora of manifestations like a common cold, bronchitis, diarrhea, infertility, night sweats, headaches, etc.”
In her free time Greta is an avid dancer, likes to play arcade games and read metaphysical books, spends time in nature, and enjoys time with her sweet and silly Bengal cat named Toby.