Born in Boston Massachusetts in 1947, Donald Halfkenny BSc. CMD is, with 45 years of clinical and teaching experience, an internationally respected and sought after Lecturer, teacher and clinician of classical acupuncture and chinese medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree, degrees in acupuncture and chinese medicine and is a M.I.T. Community Fellow.
Donald Halfkenny’s most important and intense period of professional development was from 1974 to 1984 where he was a student and the assistant of his teacher and Master Dr. James Tin Yau So. Donald was one of the first three teachers of acupuncture and chinese medicine certified by the State of Massachusetts.
He served for a total of 7 years (2.5 Terms) as President of the Acupuncture Foundation of New England, was co-director of the New England School of Acupuncture from 1977 – 1980, Founding member and Regional Vice-President of both the National Acupuncture Association, and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
He was a founding member of the Acupuncture Detox unit of the Boston Mayor’s Coordinating Council on Drug Abuse and the acupuncture detox unit of the Massachusetts Mental Health Department. Donald is a member of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the American Association of Integrative Medicine, the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine and a member of the AGTCM in Germany. He is also founder and director of the Ling Shu Institute for Classical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Though he is internationally active as a lecturer and clinician, since the late 90’s the focus of his teaching activities have centered around his Ling Shu Institute of Classical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, the AGTCM and its cooperation schools, especially the European Institute of Oriental Medicine (EIOM) in Munich where he is a founding faculty member. He is also co-author of the 6th edition of the “Leitfaden Chinesische Medizin” (Compendium of chinese medicine) and contributing author to “Naturheilpraxis”.