About Dr. Danchak
About the Doctor
Dr. Gary Danchak is an Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD) licensed by the State of Nevada’s Board of Oriental Medicine since 2002, having earned his degree from Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, NM. He is licensed to practice acupuncture and clinical herbology, and is nationally certified in both through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Dr. Danchak has offered safe, reliable and effective acupuncture and custom herbal formulas since 2003. In a friendly and attractive spa-like setting in South Reno (southwest Reno), the pace of treatment is always relaxed. Every patient gets a full hour of attention—every treatment, every time—and your custom-blended herbal formula is prepared on site in Dr. Danchak’s fully stocked, in-house herbal pharmacy.
How Acupuncture Changed My Life
Dr. Danchak shares his personal experience of being introduced to acupuncture: “Acupuncture changed my life one summer day in Chicago in 1997. I had strained my low back lifting weights and couldn’t sleep because of the pain. I went to a Chinese acupuncturist who had a little office in an old church in Evanston. I braved two feet of black urban snow and got my first acupuncture treatment, and I simply couldn’t believe how good I felt. When I couldn’t stop babbling about what a magician my acupuncturist (Dr. Ming Jie Chiang) was, she laughed and said: “This is how you’re supposed to feel.”
I returned to St. Louis and quit my job as a film critic for the Riverfront Times, (the second-best job in the world), and have been consumed in the practice and study of Oriental Medicine since that day in 1997.”
I am interested in providing fast and effective relief from pain, internal disorders (disease), and the harmful effects of emotional stress and anxiety. Remarkable things happen when you take the time to listen to your patients; things that don’t happen if I’m rushed for time and seeing more than one patient per hour. The better I get to know a patient, the better I can tailor his or her treatment and herbal formula.
Given my academic and writing background, I am interested both the clinical and research aspects of Chinese medicine. When I’m not actually working with a patient, I’m researching his or her herbs and poring over his or her file to come up with more effective point combinations for their acupuncture treatment. It is this constant research that makes me a better acupuncturist and a better herbologist every day I practice.
I don’t like to have to wait for doctors or be rushed by doctors. I don’t think my patients like it either. So I don’t do it to them.
My treatments reflect this philosophy. They are not rushed: you have time to be heard, your concerns noted and remembered, and dealt with.
Single Herb Pharmacy
My herbal pharmacy reflects this philosophy too. I run a single herb pharmacy. Each herb is decocted (slow simmered) in the traditional manner to add energy to it, then it’s bottled in it’s own bottle (pre-mixed, off-the-shelf formulas have their constituent herbs decocted together and mixed together—perfect if you happen to be a textbook case, which is very rare). I start with a traditional formula (who am I to re-invent the wheel) and measure out each herb into your formula, possibly withholding an herb or two (or reducing the quantity of an herb or two) based on your ability to tolerate them according to your differential diagnosis (which, again, is almost always a mixed pattern, not a textbook pattern). Then I add herbs that address all of your core imbalances.
I mix my own formulas in my on-site pharmacy and I know they’re right. They are also available exactly when you need them and if they need modification at some point there is little to no waste as they can almost always be modified.
Running a single herb pharmacy is more labor intensive, but results in a better product.
Intensive acupuncture treatments, seeing only one patient per hour, and running a single herb pharmacy producing custom formulas results in quicker, better, more sustainable results.