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William J. Kaplanidis,
L.Ac., M.S., M.A
His Early Beginnings
William was plagued with a congenital weakness and a laxity in
his joints. Coupled with numerous sports injuries and accidents
William was left unable to walk without the aid of knee braces,
crutches, and canes. He was told by the medical profession at
the age of 17, that he would never walk again without the aid
of at least a cane and that he would be crippled with arthritis
by the age of 40. His original ambitions to be a nuclear physicist
gradually turned to psychology and the power of the mind. A trip
to China in 1988 would open his mind to other more optimistic
options and prognoses.
While in China he received acupuncture treatments for his knees
and received private tutoring on how to "needle" himself
for his condition. After returning to the U.S. he was introduced
to Dr. Pan, a doctor of Chinese medicine, just upstairs in the
Buddhist Temple where he was studying T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
After eight months of regular treatments supplemented with his
T'ai Chi and Qi Gong studies William was able to walk independently
for the first time in seven years. This "miracle" inspired
him to deepen his studies in Chinese medicine and T'ai Chi and
eventually led to his current combined practice of Traditional
Chinese medicine with counseling and hypnotherapy.
William's entire career has been dedicated to deepening his understanding
of the relationship between body, mind and spirit and helping
people make positive changes in their lives. His personal philosophy
resonates closely to Daoist and Buddhist philosophies of self
cultivation and living in harmony in this world.
The daoist philosophy of the T'ai Chi illustrates that there
will always be both negative (yin) and positive (yang) in all
aspects of life. Despite our inherited weaknesses, early conditioning
and traumas, as adults, we have a choice. We have a choice to
focus on the positive or negative.
Through self awareness and by taking responsibility for ourselves
we can not only find meaning in our lives but our individual path
to self transformation and happiness.
Starting with ourselves, we can live by example and hopefully
inspire others, in turn, helping the whole one part at a time.
It is William's mission to help people find their own individual
path of self improvement by discovering their strengths and obstacles
and how to live life to the fullest.
His Training and Educational Background
He has a B.A. in Psychology from Binghamton University, an M.A.
in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University and an M.S.
in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental
Medicine. In addition he has had extensive training and experience
in hypnotherapy, meditation, qigong, t'ai chi and the Sandlin
As a licensed Acupuncturist, William has combined his training
in the above mentioned disciplines to provide relief and often
profound healing to those suffering from various physical and
emotional imbalances. Besides helping the body heal itself at
an accelerated rate, these methods are excellent
for stress management and deep relaxation and may prevent the
onset of serious disorders.
William has also traveled and studied abroad in China, India,
Nepal and Tibet to enhance his knowledge and experience.
His Teaching and Lecturing Experience
William has been teaching and lecturing since 1984.
City Agencies and Private Industry
Louise Wise Services - founded in 1916, provides foster care,
adoption and other child welfare services in New York City, Colgate
Palmolive, Social Security Administration and Eastern Lobby Shops
- Regional Managers Training
College and Universities
State University of New York - Buffalo, Fordham University, Rutgers
University - School of Nursing and most recently, Pacific College
of Oriental Medicine and New York University's Bioethics Forum
Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital Center, St.
Vincent's Hospital, Institute for Urban Family Health and Binghamton
His Publications and Media Appearances
The Medical Interview as a Psychotherapeutic Process in Chinese
Medicine. American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine Volume
3, No. 1, 2002.
Healthology.com Web Cast Article: "Acupuncture
Needles Heal?" and interviews on Acupuncture and Tai Chi.
Contributing author of The Whole Mind: The Definitive Guide
to Complimentary Treatments for Mind, Mood and Emotion
a book about alternative approaches to mental health.
Television- FXMD (Fox Cable) Segment on Qigong; consulted for
Radio - Cosmos FM 91.5 - "Eye on the Community" Interview:
go to www.GAEPIS.ORG
Program Archives Friday January 30th approx. 7:15pm
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