Dr. Bonnie Forrester, Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (DACM), Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
Health Educational Background: Bachelor Degree of Health Science & Master of Oriental Medicine degree obtained from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine, Doctorate degree obtained from Pacific College of Health Science in Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Dr. Bonnie Forrester is a wife and a mother of four beautiful children. She values spending time with her family, continuing her education, identifying plants and enjoying the arts. The Forrester family loves to play in the beautiful hills and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee. They have a small family farm where they focus on gardening, raising chickens and growing herbs. She continues to plant and grow American and Chinese herbs to harvest in order to create fresh herbal tinctures, salves and teas. Her journey towards studying Eastern Medicine grew from her love of permaculture, farming and herbalism. The practice of Eastern Medicine views beings, the heavens and the world as interconnected, inseparable and interdependent. This holistic approach to health and the body aligns with her views of how people are capable of finding balance with welcoming harmony into their life.
As a Doctor of Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Dr. Forrester, DACM, LAc is a medically trained and licensed healthcare professional. Her educational background in acupuncture and Eastern Medicine theory includes 2700+ college credit hours and thousands of in-clinic hours treating patients. She successfully passed board exams to become certified as an acupuncturist by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is actively a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of Tennessee. The acupuncture techniques she was trained in includes 361 specific acupuncture points, distal points on the body, Ashi (trigger) points also known as dry needling, electroacupuncture as well as auricular acupuncture points. As with other healthcare professionals she’s required to continue her education regularly in order to stay up to date on safety, research and evidence-based medical treatments. Holistic approaches to integrative care are extremely important to Dr. Forrester. With 2,742 college credit hours of specialized training she understands, values and practices collaboration with healthcare teams for quality patient care.
Furthermore, while training in the clinic with patients Dr. Forrester worked side by side with Acupuncture Physicians, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Nurses and Medical Doctors. For several years she worked as an apprentice with the president of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM), Dr. Fu Di, AP, at his clinic in south Florida. She also completed clinic hours at the Light of the World Clinic which is a nonprofit organization providing medical services to underserved communities. Currently, she sits as the Vice President of the Tennesse Acupuncture Council (TAC). Her mission while working with TAC is to protect the acupuncture profession in the state of Tennessee and across the nation, to continue to unite and maintain strong relationships with all healthcare professionals.
Her Eastern Medicine training includes Yin and Yang Theory, eastern and western medical terminology and diagnosis, physical examination, eastern and western anatomy and physiology, lab results and imaging readings, scalp acupuncture, acupoint injection therapy, pediatrics of TCM, herbal formulas, homeopathic medicine, 5 element theory, eastern and western pathology, gynecology of TCM, ear, nose and throat (ENT) of TCM and dermatology, aesthetics of TCM and sports medicine. In addition to her Eastern Medicine training, she has completed Thai Yoga Trainings, Inner Presence Coaching Certification, Permaculture in Action, she’s also working on the ParaYoga Certifications and continues to study nonviolent communication (compassionate communication). Her passion for additional research is focused on providing quality, evidenced based care for her patients. United we stand, wellness for all.