As a physician from Taiwan, Benjamin came to Houston in 2003 and worked at Texas Medical Center. In 2008, he joined a well-known school, the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) as a part time faculty member, teaching Western medicine classes. Over a three-year period, he had an opportunity to learn more about Chinese Medicine. Being very interested in what he had learned, Benjamin decided to change his status from faculty to student. This was the beginning of his journey into Chinese Medicine. After 4 years of school, he gained a Master Degree of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM), and became a Licensed Acupuncturist under Texas Medical Board, as well as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine under the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Having a background in Western medicine allows Benjamin to better understand his patient’s ailments from both a Western and Chinese medical perspective. Benjamin’s knowledge of both worlds helps him provide more effective treatments for all of his patients.
Through his years of experience, Benjamin has seen patients benefit by combining the healing power of Chinese medicine with treatment from the contemporary Western medicine. As a result of Benjamin’s passion to introduce more people to the benefits of Chinese medicine, he has founded this new clinic, ACU4U Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, located in the Texas Medical Center.
Benjamin’s goal is to provide convenient and effective treatments for the TMC physicians, healthcare staff, employees and their patients, as well as families from the surrounding areas.
David graduated with a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from The American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). He is a nationally board-certified practitioner of oriental medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in Texas. Prior to his oriental medicine training, David holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas in Austin. He has also obtained a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from the University of Texas in Dallas. David first encountered acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine as a remedy for his seasonal allergy and chronic sinusitis. After experiencing the positive health impacts of oriental medicine first-hand, David decided to immerse himself in learning how acupuncture and oriental medicine can benefit and support the health issues we are facing today.
David enjoys working with people and helping them to achieve and maintain their health goals. His focus lies in addressing the root cause of the conditions and helping his patients to live a healthy lifestyle while preventing future injuries.
Dr. Irina Patten was born in Ukraine where she was exposed to natural medicine in early childhood. She received two Master’s degrees from Chernivtsi University, before moving to the United States where she has served as a faculty member at Lone Star College for approximately 15 years. From an early childhood, she dreamed of becoming a holistic doctor. She decided to make this dream come true after losing her first husband to cancer and seeking a more pharmaceutical-free alternative for her own health issues. After graduating from the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with honors (Summa Cum Laude and the valedictorian of her class), she continued furthering her education. She has completed countless continuing education hours in TCM and Functional Medicine (FM) so that she could utilize the most effective and cutting-edge methods to care for her patients and empower them to make the best choices for their health. She believes in spending quality time with her patients to fully understand their needs and goals and then develop individualized treatment plans for their conditions. Having greatly benefited from Chinese and alternative medicines, Dr. Patten feels blessed to be in a profession where she can make a difference in people’s lives and is committed to providing superior service, treatment, and satisfaction with the utmost compassion, sincerity, integrity, and professionalism.
Dr. Patten holds a Master’s and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas by the Texas Medical Board. She has state and national certifications in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) with the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She also holds the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) certification in Reflexology, the highest qualification in the field that allows her to practice Reflexology internationally.
Kevin joined the ACU4U team during the clinic's conception and helped his father organize the technologies used for the clinic. He currently manages the clinic's IT, insurance billing, and online marketing.
Wendy joined ACU4U in 2020 and manages patient intake, insurance verification, and check out process. Her past experience as a medical front desk has proven extremely valuable to the ACU4U team.