Old Town Acupuncture and Wellness is founded by Matt Callison MS, L.Ac, the co – founder of AcuSport Health Center in San Diego and President of AcuSport Seminars. His partners are Elisabeth Gould L.Ac and Ian Armstrong L.Ac both of whom worked with him at AcuSport Health Center for 3 years. Together we have aligned a diversified team of practitioners that emphasize integrity and professionalism in managing patient health care.As practitioners, we have been brought together as teachers and students, as mentors and assistants, as respected colleagues, and as friends and family. We now come together to offer all of those experiences, all of our knowledge, all of our training, and all of our hearts to the community of patients. We are grateful, honored and humbled to be part of your journey to health, wellness, and happiness. This is an exciting experience for all of the practitioners at Old Town Acupuncture and Wellness and we will endeavor to make this clinic a home for health to all who enter its door.
At Old Town Acupuncture and Wellness we strive to blend the ancient medical wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine with the advances of modern medicine to offer a unique approach to health and wellness. We offer Traditional Chinese Medicine that includes acupuncture, tui na massage, Qi Gong, and Chinese herbal therapy. In addition, we offer thorough western orthopedic testing, sports medicine, injury rehabilitation, postural correction, men and women’s health and functional lab testing. By integrating both eastern and western assessment and treatment paradigms, we are able to administer individual treatments with long lasting results.
About Our Practitioners:
Matt Callison MS, L.Ac.- Principal
President – AcuSport Seminars
Matt Callison earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine from San Diego State University in 1985. Matt worked in the Sports Medicine field at Alvarado Sports Medicine clinic and Scripps Hospital, La Jolla for 8 years. In 1991, Matt received his Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, in which the class that he developed is still being taught; “Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders”. Matt developed the acupuncture externship for Pacific College held at the University of California’s San Diego Sports Medicine RIMAC Center where they are blending Chinese and Sports Medicine together in a western setting. Matt is an original co -owner of AcuSport Health Center in San Diego and is the President of AcuSport Seminars.
Matt’s unique ability to blend Chinese Medicine with Sports Medicine is demonstrated by his excellent reputation. This is particularly evident in his international seminar series and the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program held at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). Recently, Matt has been awarded a “visiting scholar” status at NESA for his contributions to the filed of acupuncture. He has published a clinical study on acupuncture and tibial stress syndromes (shin splints) as well as an article on Sports Related Muscle Tension Headaches in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. Furthermore, Matt is well-known for his work with professional athletes in the United States and New Zealand. Matt is also the creator of the Motor Point and Acupuncture Meridian Chart as well as the author of four publications, Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders, The Motor Point Manual, Motor Point Index and in press: the Sports Medicine Acupuncture textbook.
Lili Gould L.Ac., C.SMA – Principal
Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist
After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lili moved to Philadelphia in 1996 to attend Bryn Mawr College where she studied Art History and French. After graduation in 2000, her studies took her to Paris, France and then to New York City where she explored a career at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Deciding to enter the medical field, Lili then gained healthcare experience working for AmeriCorps and for a Philadelphia Aids Research Foundation. In 2003, Lili decided to attend Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego where she received her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Completing an additional one-year training in sports medicine acupuncture with the internationally renowned acupuncturist Matt Callison, Lili became a certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist in 2010. Currently, she is a teaching assistant for the Sports Medicine Acupuncture program and in the past has assisted in the Acusport Seminar Series and Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders class at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Her studies and additional training in postural alignment and corrective exercises have created treatments for collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes including several San Diego Chargers.
In her spare time, Lili enjoys yoga, running, meditation and exploring San Diego with her husband and daughter Juno. Lili’s diverse background helps her to gracefully blend together orthopedic rehabilitation and the energetic-intuitive aspects of Chinese Medicine in her acupuncture practice.
Ian Armstrong L.Ac, HHP, C.SMA – Principal
Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist, Massage Therapist
Raised in Palo Alto, California, Ian developed a desire for health, fitness, and outdoor activities at an early age. Wishing to maintain close proximity to the outdoors, Ian started off at Humboldt State University and later transferred to the University of New Orleans to study his other passion – jazz music and performance. After several enjoyable years in New Orleans, Ian decided to relocate to San Diego to pursue a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) where he graduated in 2009 with an emphasis in sports/orthopedic injuries.
During his time at PCOM, Ian immersed himself in several externships and educational programs. Since 2007, Ian has interned with the renowned acupuncturist Matt Callison focusing on rehabilitation therapy and later completed an additional 1-year comprehensive sports medicine training, becoming a certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist ®. Currently, Ian is a teaching assistant for the SMAS program. In 2009, Ian completed an internship at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China where he observed and treated complex medical cases. And later in 2009, Ian received his Holistic Health Practitioner certification from the city of San Diego recognizing his 1000 hours of massage and bodywork training. Through his education and additional certifications, Ian has developed a precise, integrative treatment approach incorporating several modalities from Western and Eastern medicine. In his spare time, Ian is an avid runner and age-group competitor and holds the distinguished title of Boston Marathon qualifier. Ian truly loves the outdoors, music, his dog Yuda, his cat Bonnie, and his football team the New Orleans Saints.
Jared Andersen L.Ac.
Jared began his interest in Chinese medicine at a young age through the practice of martial arts. As an undergraduate he concurrently studied pre-medical science and philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook to graduate with a BA in Chinese Philosophy. He worked as an aide in the physical therapy department of St. Catherine’s Medical Center assisting in patient rehabilitation while teaching and training martial arts full time. In 2003 Jared began his formal study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 2008 earned his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. While in school he concurrently earned a 1000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner certification and worked building a thriving practice in an integrative health facility utilizing Tui Na massage therapy, nutritional therapy, and qigong instruction. He has completed internships at the UCSD RIMAC center treating NCAA athletes with sports related orthopedic injuries and at the University of California’s free downtown health clinic treating a wide array of psychological, internal, and orthopedic disorders.
Melinda Williams L.Ac., C.SMA, MSTOM, BA
Melinda grew up in Northern California where from an early age she participated in dance, synchronized swimming, basketball, and volleyball. She stayed in Northern California after high school earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from California State University Sacramento in 2005. She had planned to use this degree to continue on to medical school; however, a friend pointed out that she might look into a more holistic system to help people with their health as it seemed to fit her soul and motivation more fully. Melinda had already had some experience with Tai Chi so she started to explore eastern systems of health. After some research she moved to San Diego in 2005 to attend Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
During her time at Pacific College Melinda worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at Scripps Clinic where she managed research studies in the areas of sleep, dermatology, and cardiology. Currently, she is a teaching assistant for the Clinical Research Design and Statistics class at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She brings much of the latest acupuncture research to her clinical practice.
Completing an additional one-year training in sports medicine acupuncture with the internationally renowned acupuncturist Matt Callison, Melinda became a certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist in 2011. Currently, she is a teaching assistant for the Sports Medicine Acupuncture program and in the past has assisted in the Acusport Seminar Series. Her studies and additional training in postural alignment and corrective exercises have given her valuable tools that are not emphasized at the Master’s level in most acupuncture schools.
Her love for treating injuries was solidified when Melinda suffered a debilitating knee injury. Now getting people out of pain and back to doing what they love to do has a special place in her heart. She understands first-hand the physical and psychological effects pain has on a person, and she makes it her mission to treat both of these aspects for a quicker and more complete recovery
William Lusk L.Ac.
Bill graduated from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 2001. He then attended the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) where he apprenticed with renowned acupuncturist Matt Callison specializing in orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Also while at PCOM, he strengthened his Traditional Chinese medical knowledge by studying Chinese medical classics with Jian Min Fan. In 2006 Bill completed an apprenticeship program at Chengdu University Hospital in Chengdu, China. He then furthered his orthopedic expertise by completing a two-year physical therapy assistant program in 2008. Bill has successfully treated thousands of people by skillfully blending the best of Chinese medicine and acupuncture with the best of physical medicine.
Lorena Lee, MS, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, CMT
Lorena Lee was born and raised in the heart of Chinatown in New York City. Growing up as a Chinese American, Lorena has been nurtured with Eastern and holistic medicine as part of her culture. She comes from a lineage of herbalists where her great-grandfather was an herbalist in Canton (Guangdong), China and taught her grandmother to care for the family practicing herbal medicine.
She is New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, nationally certified Chinese Herbal Practitioner by the NCCAOM, and certified by the California Massage Therapy Council as a Massage Therapist. Lorena earned her Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she is currently a teacher’s assistant for the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders course, and has been honored as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM.) from NCCAOM.
She holds her Bachelors of Science, double majoring in Finance and Economics, and she was awarded on the Dean’s List from City University of New York. She worked her way up in prestigious companies on Wall St. showing exceptional drive and dedication. Even though she was successful in her career, helping others was her real passion and she felt like her job in finance wasn’t her true call. She started volunteering for nonprofit organization but the breakthrough in her life came thanks to an Acupuncturist that was treating her for work related stress and martial art injuries. Her Acupuncturist inspired her to change her career and follow her passions and she has never looked back ever since.
Lorena believes that a great caregiver has to master both Western and Eastern medicine. For this reason she has chosen mentors that are leaders in bridging the two disciplines. Lorena has apprenticed with internationally renowned acupuncturist, Matt Callison, who specializes in Sports Medicine Acupuncture. With her passion in orthopedic, she interned at the UCSD RIMAC Center treating NCAA athletes, working side-by-side with their athletic trainers to integrate Eastern Sports Medicine with western medicine.
Lorena has also kept her passion for volunteer work. She spent her summer breaks traveling to the Peruvian Amazonian jungle and Quiche, Guatemala with groups of volunteer acupuncturists from the Healer2healer and Global Clinic organizations to provide healthcare to the indigenous populations.