Joel Proctor, Acupuncture
Joel Proctor has been a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado since 2000. He graduated in 1995 from the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico with a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine (MSOM). He successfully passed the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) board exams for acupuncture and Chinese herbology in the same year. In 1996 he also passed the demanding New Mexico State Board exam which recognizes the professional title of Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM).
Joel has studied with many respected martial arts teachers and masters for 30 years in the martial and cultivation arts, mostly those considered Chinese. He is the founder of the Mystic Warrior School of Integrative Arts. He teaches mainly the arts of qigong, taiji (tai chi), and shaolin five animals kung fu. The indigenous forms of these, especially the philosophical, cosmological, healing/cultivation arts, and spiritual perspective is shared, as well.
From 1970 to 1987 Joel went through many indigenous ‘vision quests’ and tests under the tutelage and inspiration of Frank Olquien of Isleta Pueblo and Reyes Lopez Tijerina of Coyote, New Mexico. In 1993 he met Ken Cohen, recognized and highly respected in many traditional indigenous medicine societies as a healer and spiritual teacher. Joel received his first sacred pipe from Ken and was given the instructions and recognized as a pipe carrier. This affirmation is only given to one who passes certain ‘tests’ and demonstrates the commitment, the will, and ability to live a life dedicated to ‘all our relations’.
From an indigenous perspective Joel has been on the ‘medicine way’ since he was a child. His lineage is of mixed heritage of White southern culture from Northeast Texas on his Father’s side and Mexican-Indian culture from South Texas and Northeast Mexico on his Mother’s side. This mixed cultural heritage is Joel’s true spiritual root and the inspiration of his path as a healer.