By Gene Bruno, OMD, LAc, FABAA
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Dr. Gene Bruno began his studies in Classical Chinese medicine with Dr. Ju Gim Shek and Dr. William Prensky, and completed them after 5 years as the personal assistant to Dr. James Tin Yau So. As one of the pioneers in the profession, he has dedicated his career to the advancement of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the United States. Along with John Ottaviano, he introduced animal acupuncture into the United States in 1972 as co-director of veterinary research team of the National Acupuncture Association (NAA).
In 1973 Bruno, along with John Ottaviano and several veterinarians, created the National Association of Veterinary Acupuncture (NAVA). In 1974 and 1975, NAVA, working with other veterinarians who were beginning to explore acupuncture, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) was created.
In 1973 and 197 4 he worked with the NAA team of acupuncturists who established the Acupuncture Pain Clinic at UCLA medical school. As a member of this same group of acupuncturists, he helped to establish the first two colleges of acupuncture in the United States, the New England School of Acupuncture and the California Acupuncture College.
Dr. Bruno also served in teaching and research positions at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1975, he participated as an acupuncturist in the first research project on acupuncture ever conducted at Harvard Medical School. As a research assistant to Werner Nobel, MD, at Amherst University Veterinary Labs, he developed protocols and techniques for applying acupuncture analgesia on animals.
Licensed by the Oregon Board of Medicine in 1975, he moved to Oregon in 1976. He was the president of the American Association of Oriental Medicine from 2002 though 2004. Dr. Bruno served on the Medical Boards for Oregon and Washington, and was an advisor for several other states, including Alaska. In 2007, Dr. Bruno was elected to the Executive Board of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. He is the President Emeritus of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture, and is nationally certified in animal acupuncture. He has been in private practice for SO years. He lives with his family in Canby, Oregon, USA.