Michael has been involved in medicine in one form or another since 1979. He began working as an EMT in Southern California and was then accepted to the UCSD Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic program. He worked as a paramedic for about 11 years and was a paramedic field preceptor. Michael studied Asian Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. After graduating, he finished up course work in clinical hypnosis. Michael is board certified in acupuncture through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is board certified in clinical thermography through the Academy of Medical Infrared Training.