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 “AP” 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 (MSOM) 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 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.