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Talia Brooks-Salzman

NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist • Master of Science in Acupuncture • Master of Science in Chinese Herbal Medicine • Women’s Health • Internal Medicine • Respiratory and Gastrointestinal disorders • Adolescents and Pediatrics


Talia specializes in acupuncture for fertility, pregnancy, breech, postpartum, menstrual and hormonal disorders, menopause, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders, adolescents and pediatrics.  Her practice combines acupuncture, custom Chinese herbal prescriptions, body work, auricular therapy, and nutritional support. Talia believes her work is to support people in personal growth. The body is a powerful tool that gives us guidance and insight into what is out of balance and by listening we can feel and make profound changes in our lives.

Talia came to this medicine after a decade of living and working in China and Southeast Asia. She was inspired to pursue this path from an early age after spending time with Buddhist monks in Hue, Vietnam when she was 17. After returning from Vietnam, she attended Oberlin College, where she studied East Asian Studies with a focus on Mandarin, Eastern spirituality, and modern history. She wrote her thesis on why Chinese medicine retains its vitality in the modern world. Talia was an active member of the dance department and particularly interested in somatic studies and body awareness.

After graduating, Talia continued her work in the fields of human development, education, and health. For seven years, inspired by her own impactful trip in Vietnam, she led experiential cross-cultural exchange trips for American high school and college students in China and Southeast Asia. The work combined her love for travel and her desire to guide others as they discover new ways of being in and interacting with the world. During this time, she was also involved with the New York branch of The Body Positive, an educational organization with a mission to change individual and societal models of body image, weight, and identity. Additionally, she completed a year-long yoga teacher training with John Campbell Ph.D. and practices regularly.

East Asian medicine has been the common thread throughout all these experiences that connects her love of cultural learning, body learning, and self learning. Talia graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College with a Masters of Acupuncture and Masters of Chinese Herbal Medicine, where she completed over 3000 didactic and clinical hours of study. During the four years of study, Talia apprenticed with Jake Fratkin, renowned Chinese medicine herbalist, acupuncturist, and author. There she helped run the “biggest little pharmacy” with over 1,000 herbal medicine products and made Dr. Jake Fratkin’s line of tinctures. She focused on women’s health and acupuncture for fertility and followed Tuesday Wasserman at The Birth Center of Boulder.

Post graduation, Talia spent six months studying in Chengdu and Kunming, China. She had the opportunity to follow famous herbal doctors, Jin Zhao, Zhang Ting mo, Wang Jing, and Yang Min in Chengdu, and Zhou Qing in her gynecology and fertility clinic at the Kunming Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Talia has also studied Sa’am Korean acupuncture with Toby Daly and Michael Max. Sa’am is a Korean monastic tradition that comprises all the theories of Chinese medicine into a concise and highly effective system of acupuncture. Talia is beyond grateful to bring this medicine into people’s lives and share its wide range of options in order to support people’s health and well being.

 

Working with Talia has been incredible. Her presence and knowledge is so comforting, and the space is beautiful. I immediately feel relaxed when I enter the office. I went to her looking for support with my menstrual cycle and balancing hormones, which greatly effect my mood. After the first month of an herbal protocol and acupuncture (and some cupping!)- my cycle is regulated, my mood is stabilized and feel vital again. I will definitely be working with Talia in an ongoing relationship. Thank you! -T.P. Hudson Valley, NY

After working with Talia, I felt incredible. I sought her out after experiencing postpartum insomnia. The night after my initial acupuncture session, I slept deeply for the first time in weeks. I was also blown away by how well-cared for I felt during my session. I rarely write reviews but was so impressed by the care I receive that I just had too! - J.S. Hudson, NY