Phil Settels, L.Ac.


Throughout high school and college I was an athlete, 

and 10 years of playing rugby and martial arts had taken a toll on my body. In addition to chronic pain, I also suffered from digestive problems that seemed to fall through the cracks of what mainstream medicine was able to effectively treat. It wasn’t until I'd experienced acupuncture and herbal medicine that things really began to turn around for my health. This motivated me to leave my previous work in engineering, and pursue a career in Chinese Medicine. 


I moved to Oakland, California to pursue a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS). The more I learned, the more I fell in love with all facets of Chinese Medicine. ​I was inspired by how simple and natural interventions could have such profound effects to help people feel better from pain and disease.  

Chinese Medicine is not just my job, it’s my passion. In order to learn from the best teachers available, I've traveled throughout the US and China, and will soon complete two doctorate degrees (a 4-yr PhD in China and a 2-yr DAOM in the US).  I will always keep learning so that I can get better at improving the lives of my patients.

The areas where I've concentrated the most include treating pain and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as complex and chronic internal medicine conditions (such as autoimmune disorders, digestive problems, neurological conditions, endocrine disorders, etc.)

After several years in private practice, I returned to the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences to teach. I am now the Dean of Academics as well as a faculty member in both the Master's and Doctorate programs. 


During the course of his career, I have trained with several of the top Chinese Medical physicians in the US and China, obtaining certificates in:

  • Advanced Herbal Studies from the Institute of Canonical East Asian Medicine with Dr. Arnaud Versluys (250 hours, 2011)

  • Advanced Herbal Studies with Dr. Feng Shi Lun of the Hu Xi Shu Institute, Beijing, China (80 hours, 2014)

  • Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with Whitfield Reaves (75 hours, 2015)

  • Integrative Acupuncture and Physical Medicine with Anthony Von der Muhll (200+ hours, 2017-2018)

  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Huang Huang at Nanjing University, China

(expected graduation 2021)

  • Currently pursuing a Clinical Doctorate of Chinese Medicine at ACCHS, in Oakland, CA.

(expected graduation 2020)

Dr. Huang Huang

Dr. Huang Huang is a world-renowned Chinese Medical Herbalist. He specializes in using Classical Formulas to treat all kinds of modern conditions.