My name is Robert Hayden, and I am a practitioner of Asian healing arts, or “Oriental medicine”.
I’m licensed in Florida (where I live) and Illinois (where I come from). The designation “A.P.” is a licensure title in the state of Florida; the letters stand for “Acupuncture Physician”. I am nationally board-certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). I earned a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.) from Midwest College in Chicago.
I’ve been in practice since 1995. I was employed for three years at a busy physician-directed pain clinic in the suburbs of Chicago, and also volunteered for two years at a non-profit community-style HIV/AIDS clinic in the Uptown area. I had a private practice in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.
I have taught acupuncture and Chinese medical theory since 1998. I was a primary member of the faculty at the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (the school from which I graduated) from 1999 until 2002. After that I taught at Acupuncture & Massage College (formerly Southeast Institute of Oriental Medicine) in Miami, Florida. I taught both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine there. I was also the Program Director for the Oriental Medicine program, and wrote most of the curriculum currently used at the school. In addition, I designed and taught the Chinese herbal medicine curriculum at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, when it was located in Hallandale Florida (the school has since moved to Gainesville).
I’ve had a lot of training specifically in Japanese Meridian Therapy, which is a very gentle style of acupuncture. I rely on the skills I learned from my Japanese teachers (many of whom are blind and have a highly refined sense of touch) to provide very comfortable and effective treatments at Presence Community Acupuncture.
I have contributed numerous articles to the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM), published in Vancouver, BC, and distributed worldwide.
I live in Hollywood, Florida, am happily married and have been blessed with a now-teenage son. Life is good.