Jonathan Priest, L.Ac.
"Whenever a physician treats an illness, he must quiet his spirit and settle his will, he must be free of wants and desires, and he must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. He must pledge to devote himself completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings. "
– Sun Simiao (581-682)
Jonathan Priest, L.Ac. is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. He is a graduate of the nationally accredited four year Acupuncture program at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, North Carolina. Prior to his Chinese medicine studies at Jung Tao, Jonathan received two years of training and internship as a clinical herbalist under Robert Linde in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has pursued additional studies in Chinese language, Asian dietary therapy, and the self-cultivation exercise systems of Taijiquan and Qigong. Jonathan holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Economics and Management Information Systems from the University of South Florida.
Jonathan was drawn to learn the healing arts in a desire to assist others after having experienced numerous breakthroughs in his own personal health situation as a result of receiving Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal therapeutic treatments. He believes profound improvements in wellness are possible when the clinic treatments and herbal/nutritional therapies are combined with healthy lifestyle practices. He works with patients to help cultivate a holistic understanding of the influences of body, mind, and spirit on health and provides his patients with individualized treatment plans that fit their life realities and readiness to make changes.
Jonathan lives in Boone with his wife Sandi and an assortment of furry friends - Mae, Bailey, Mocha, Allie, Joni, Ella and Hannah. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing the drums and spending time in nature.