Chad Johnson MSAc, L.Ac Diplomate NCCAOM,  LMBT

Regional Specialist in Japanese Acupuncture for Complex Pain Conditions, Clinic Director & Supervisor, CEO

Chad Johnson Acupuncture
Chad Johnson Acupuncture
Chad Johnson Acupuncture


Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style (KMS) 

Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM)

Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Acupuncture Zone Therapy Japanese (AZT)

Trigger Point Therapy (Dry Needling)

Zheng Gu Tuina (ZGTN)

Advanced Moxibustion

Orthopedic Assessment

Joint Mobilization and Realignment

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA Protocol)

Electro-acupuncture (e-stim)

Gua Sha




Teaching Appointments

Yu Yao Society KMS Core Series Teaching Assistant – Miami, Philadelphia 2019

Daoist Traditions – Student Society – Introduction to Hara Diagnosis 2017

Daoist Traditions – Practice Management 2: Working Collaboratively, Making Referrals  2016


Post Graduate Studies

Ongoing KMS Studies with Living Master, Kiiko Matsumoto

Study Abroad in Japan 2016 KNS with Kiiko Matsumoto  Sensei,  Acu-Zone Therapy with Dr. Masaki Nakano, Advanced Okyu Japanese Moxibustion with Matsue Koshiishi Sensei, & Yuki Miyawaki Sensei

Zheng GuTuina – Level 7 with Frank Butler and Tom Bisio



MS, Acupuncture Tri-State College of Acupuncture 2011

AAS, Massage Therapy, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 2008

Central Louisiana School of Therapeutic Massage 2002


More about Chad Johnson, L.Ac

Chad Johnson earned a Masters of Science Degree in Acupuncture from Tri-state College of Acupuncture in 2011. At Tri-state he studied multiple styles including Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) with Dr. Mark Seem, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with Dr. Sharon Zhao, and Five Element and Alchemical Acupuncture with Lorie Dechar. This provided a solid foundation of both organ theory (zang fu) and channel theory (jing luo) – a rare combination of study as most students learn one or the other to start. Most notably, he studied extensively under the dynamic guidance of Master Kiiko Matsumoto in Japanese Kiiko Matsumoto Style  (KMS) , which features palpation of the abdomen and channels as a powerful diagnostic tool. He continues to study and train with Kiiko Sensei – a living master-  in Japan (2016) and in the states multiples times per year. 

Prior to this Chad graduated from the Central Louisiana School of Therapeutic Massage (2002) and began practicing Massage Therapy in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, He relocated to New York City, to begin his formal study of Chinese Medicine. He began at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with an AOS in Massage Therapies, studying Chinese Medical Massage, Shiatsu, Thai Yoga Massage, the History of Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Reflexology, and Alexander Technique. He also studied Yang style Qi Gong and Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) under Master Fukui Yang.

Additional Training

Chad also had the honor of studying advanced Chinese Medical Massage – Zheng Gu Tui na – under the tutelage of Tom Bisio and Frank Butler. Zheng Gu Tui na incorporates Qi Gong, Medical Massage, Chinese herbs, liniments, and plasters, to treat sports injuries, acute trauma, and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Additionally, he trained in the NADA protocol (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) at the renowned Lincoln Recovery Center in the Bronx. The NADA protocol encourages serious detoxification and community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture treatment to support behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, disaster and emotional trauma. Chad integrates each style and approach into his practice according to patient need.


Chad’s interest in personal health and wellbeing began at an early age. He began his studies in Martial Arts at age eight. Quite literally raised in a dojo, he studied directly under Soke George G. Johnson and Soke Mark Williams. He reached his first degree black belt at age eleven and spent a month living and training with Master Roy Kurban.  As a young child he observed masters resetting bones, healing injuries, and manipulating Qi.  By age twenty, Chad was a third degree black belt in Isshogai Ryu Karate-Do.

Today, Chad specializes in sports injuries, repetitive strain disorders, and other orthopedic conditions. His interests include Integrative Medicine, food as medicine, and local, sustainable living. He lives with his wife and daughter in the mountains of Asheville, NC.