Dawn Balusik

What makes Dawn unique?

  • Dawn is Nationally Board-Certified in Chinese herbology in addition to acupuncture.  
  • Dawn has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1997, and often incorporates massage therapy techniques into her patient treatments. 
  • Dawn spends time with patients: 90 minutes for the first visit and 20-30 minutes face-time for follow-up treatments allows for high-quality, individualized care.
  • Dawn has a basic working knowledge of many Western medicine concepts and usually considers both Western and Oriental approaches when formulating her treatment strategy. When indicated, Dawn may order blood tests or analysis of stool, blood, urine or hair.  She also refers out to other qualified health care professionals as needed. 
  • Dawn is trained in drug-herb interaction, and is knowledgeable about which medications may or may not be combined with herbs.
  • Dawn is personally available via e-mail or phone for patient questions. She often engages in e-mail dialogue with patients, sending educational materials and research information relavant to their condition or treatment.
  • Dawn maintains a comprehensive on-site herbal pharmacy that contains no endangered species and is comprised of American-based brands which are cGMP-certified, 3rd party tested herbal products.  She also carries liquid pediatric formulas that are tailored to the needs of children.

Education & Licences

Dawn Balusik graduated with high marks from the East-West College of Natural Medicine (Sarasota, FL) with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine (2004). She also graduated with honors from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science (1996) and from the Crystal Mountain School of Massage Therapy in New Mexico (1997).

In the State of Florida, Dawn is licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician (ap1972) and Massage Therapist (ma36601). In Rhode Island she is a Licensed Doctor of Acupuncture (da265).

Dawn is a Nationally Board-Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). This designation is the highest attainable national certification in the profession, and demonstates mastery of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, as well as an understanding of many basic Western biomedicine key concepts. This infuses her practice with a unique complementary-based style. 

Dawn is committed to continually furthering her knowledge through classes, seminars, reading and research. Her special areas of focus are in the fields of fertility and reproduction; gynecological conditions; musculo-skeletal pain; whole-food, plant-based nutrition; and cancer support treatments, including certification in Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Personal Statement

I’ve had interest in natural health since 1990. In that time I’ve extensively studied many topics related to the subject, which eventually led to schooling, certification and licensing in Acupressure Massage (1996), Massage Therapy (1997), and Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbology (2004).

The beauty, power and grace of natural medicine never cease to strike me with awe. Every day, the simple and subtle become profound, and every day I am grateful for the ability to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives with the inherent wisdom of natural health care.

My passion is to see people get truly well and healthy; not merely free of symptoms. The term "doctor" originally meant "teacher"; I make it a priority in my practice to educate and encourage patients to be proactive in their healthcare with proper nutrition, lifestyle and stress reduction. 

Having lived in Ohio, California and New Mexico, I now live in Tarpon Springs, Florida with my husband and 2 cats. My hobbies and interests include yoga, biking, reading, listening to podcasts, and binge-watching Sci-Fi television series. I also make & sell beaded bracelets; the proceeds of which are donated to the ASPCA to support animal welfare.

Associations & Affiliations

Golden Key National Honor Society
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Florida State Oriental Medical Association


All of Dawn's publications are now located on her Blog: Healthy Tidbits.

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