Linda

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Linda Phelps, LAc, EAMP, MSA, Dipl Ac, Acudetox Specialist

Her areas of expertise include back pain, musculoskeletal pain, performing arts medicine, and addiction recovery.

~ Medical Education ~

Linda earned a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture (MSA) at Bastyr University in Seattle.  She is a licensed acupuncturist in Washington State and  is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Her medical education included extensive academic study and clinical training in both Eastern and Western medical science, with emphasis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Linda studied “Global Balance for Internal Disorders with Pain” with Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, master of a popular style of acupuncture which treats most health conditions via “distal” points on the hands and feet. Linda’s clinical training in acupuncture at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and the International Medicine and Chronic Fatigue departments of Harborview Hospital gave her valuable experience treating diverse populations and a wide variety of health issues, including under-served and diverse ethnic populations, elderly, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, respiratory and digestive disorders, post-stroke paralysis, and adjunctive cancer care.

Linda is an Acu Detox Specialist certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Linda provided acupuncture treatment for PTSD and cessation of smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Center in New York City, which pioneered the NADA protocol that is now used in clinics around the world.

Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) is a special focus for Linda, who is a professional musician and member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). Linda studied PAM at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine’s Music and Health Symposium at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York with leaders in the field, including: Dr. Hector Castro, Medical Director of the Julliard School of the Arts; Dr. Joanne Loewy, Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine;  Dr. Michael Pittman, Director of Laryngology and the Voice and Swallowing Institute of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary; and Madeline Bruser, Mt. Sinai Hospital researcher of keyboard overuse injuries and author of the highly acclaimed book “The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart”.

~ Performing Arts Background ~

Linda is a professional pianist, choral director, and music educator who has performed and directed music in many settings including musical theatre, ballet, nightclubs, the classical concert stage. Her music education includes a Bachelor Degree with Honors from California State University, Sacramento in Music, Theater Arts, and Communication. She earned a Music Education teaching credential in graduate school at the University of California, Davis. Her teaching experience includes Applied Piano Instructor at The School for Music Vocations of Southwestern Community College in IA, Choral Music Director at Sacramento High School Visual and Performing Arts Centre (VAPAC) arts magnet school in CA, and Musical Theatre instructor at UCDavis. Linda is the founding director of the Bastyr University Chamber Choir “Musica Medica”. In her career as a musician, Linda has encountered many arts-related health issues and injuries among her performing arts colleagues, students, and even herself. As a piano instructor, her lessons include coaching piano students in proper technique and ergonomic positioning to successfully overcome overuse and repetitive strain injuries incurred from playing their instrument.

~ Personal Background ~

Back pain from a 1996 car accident left Linda with a permanent injury causing constant severe, debilitating pain throughout her back and neck. When mainstream Western medicine could do little more than mask some of the pain with medication, Linda sought out natural treatment modalities. Thanks to natural medicine, especially acupuncture, Linda achieved significant pain reduction, which enables her to lead an active life. It was this experience that inspired her to enter the medical profession so that she may devote her attention to enhancing the lives of others by easing their pain and illness.

Understanding the unique nature of performing artists’ professional lives as well as their unique injuries and health issues is important when treating performing artists. Linda has experienced her own health concerns related to her professional music activities, and she has seen her arts colleagues, friends, and students suffer from performance-related problems.  For many years, Linda played piano 5-10 hours a day, which caused low back strain, neck aches, and repetitive strain injury to her right hand. Acupuncture and Alexander Technique helped Linda recover and prevent further overuse problems, thus enabling her to play all day in comfort. After her car accident, Linda had to relearn how to position and use her body to play piano and guitar, and conduct instrumental and vocal music ensembles without exacerbating her injuries. She enjoys now being able to teach and treat other musicians to overcome and prevent injury.