Guy Ciulla’s first experience with acupuncture was in the the summer of 2006. He left the emergency room with a diagnosis of a severely sprained ankle with only crutches, an air cast and told to take ibuprofen as needed. The doctor said his injury was so bad he would be on crutches for 6-8 weeks. After three acupuncture treatments in 10 days he was off crutches and riding his bike again in just two weeks.
This experience intrigued him and he began studying tai chi weekly and developed an interest in herbal medicine with his mentor Karyn Kalmek L.Ac in Crested Butte, CO. Being an active athlete in Crested Butte he also had miraculous results with acupuncture being treated for knee pain, broken ribs, and even a fractured vertebrae.
As a result of these positive experiences he developed an interest to study acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He was hesitant to go back to school for 4+ years because loved to travel and living in Crested Butte. The turning point came in 2012 after a 10 year dream of a pilgrimage to India combined with the experience of being by his mother side as she battled cancer.
He decided to back to school in the fall of 2012 and graduated in the spring of 2017 from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine with over 700 clinical hours of training and treating over 200 patients with a variety of health concerns including acute pain, chronic pain, migraines, stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, and allergies.
The combination of teaching yoga for 15 years alongside studying acupuncture and the Chinese meridian systems has given him a whole new perspective on how the body operates. He has been teaching at Kindness for the last 3 years so transitioning into the acupuncture team was a great fit.