Your acupuncturist, Kevin Uchida, is a native of the Los Angeles Westside, with deep roots in this area and a firm commitment to serve the healthcare needs of its residents.
He has a diverse background in both Western science and Oriental medicine, receiving his undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at U.C. Berkeley, an Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine at Samra University in Los Angeles and a Doctorate of Oriental medicine at South Baylo University in Anaheim.
In addition to private practice, Kevin Uchida has been a faculty member and clinic supervisor at several acupuncture colleges in the Los Angeles area and served on the Board of Directors for the California State Oriental Medical Association.
Prior to becoming an acupuncturist, Kevin Uchida's work history included research associate in the Genetics Department at U.C. Berkeley and missionary service in Japan with the United Methodist Church. His life experience in both the hard sciences and social service provide him with a unique perspective on patient care that combines compassionate bedside manner with effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.
Kevin Uchida has devoted his career to blend the best of what Western and Eastern medicines have to offer in order to provide the highest standards of patient care. He strives to work closely with medical doctors and other healthcare professionals in a mutually respectful colleague relationship to seamlessly integrate acupuncture therapy with the overall treatment strategy of your physician.
Early in my practice, a friend asked why the tag line for Uchida Acupuncture is "Traditional relief for the modern masses". He commented that the image of acupuncture and alternative medicine connotes a select clientele, and that "Traditional relief for the modern masses" would not appeal to that select group. This was back during a time when many insurances did not cover acupuncture, and most people still paid cash for this therapy.
However, from my very first patient until today, my mission has always been to make acupuncture therapy an affordable option for as many people as possible in my community. This is why I have always accepted insurance, and why my cash rates have never increased in all my years of practice.
The other half of my mission has been to integrate my acupuncture practice into the mainstream of our healthcare system. My first office was located in the medical group of four family practice physicians. Since then, I have cultivated colleague relationships with area doctors, nurses and medical administrators whereby close to 80% of my new patients are referred by their MDs.
I truly believe that acupuncture and Oriental medicine have a valuable role to play that is complementary to the medicine currently practiced in our hospitals. It is my sincerest hope that it will shed the title of alternative medicine and soon become a "normal" and standard therapy in our healthcare environment.