Dr. Michael B. Ackerman pursued his undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology
at Whitman College in Washington State. During these years in college, he maintained a daily
meditation and spiritual practice, including a discipline of Kriya Yoga. He also carried on
regular physical exercise and training, opening a campus karate school and serving as a
second degree black-belt instructor. Among his other extra-curricular activities were holding
meditation classes and hosting campus presentations with guest lecturers on topics related
to spiritual and personal growth.
Ackerman's interests in a more holistic and preventative approach to medicine led to a
decision to enter graduate school at the National University of Health Sciences, Chicago,
Illinois. In addition to a very demanding course load over the next five years of schooling,
he worked as a teaching assistant for more than a dozen different courses, instructing in
laboratories for the departments of Anatomy, Radiology, Biomechanics, and Orthopedics.
in a nationally recognized textbook of chiropractic clinical technique, and was selected as the
recipient of the National University Anatomy Achievement Award. Following a one-year
internship at Chicago General Health Services, Dr. Ackerman graduated as Class Valedictorian
in 1986, receiving two degrees: Bachelor of Science in Human Biology & Doctor of
Chiropractic Medicine. After graduation, the college faculty asked Dr. Ackerman to accept a
full-time teaching position in the Department of Pathology, but he respectfully declined their
practice in New Orlean's, Louisiana. During this time, he treated amateur, collegiate, and
professional athletes from most sports backgrounds, including the New Orleans Saints
football team, the Delta Festival Ballet Company, national body building title holders,
international martial arts champions, tri-athletes, gymnasts, pro-golfers, pro-bowlers, etc.
Dr. Ackerman grew to become known as a lecturer on sports medicine, nutrition, and injury
prevention at such places as the University of New Orleans, The National Physique
Conference (NPC) Southern Regional Symposium, numerous martial arts schools, industries,
and athletic clubs.
Sports and Family Chiropractic Center, a clinic which operated with an average of eight
employees, including associate doctors, massage therapists/physiotherapy aids, an exercise
physiologist athletic-trainer, and front office support personnel. This clinic was well-known
and successful, offering state-of-the-art care in sports medicine, nutrition, and holistic family
practice. However, Dr. Ackerman also had a strong need to achieve a sense of a deep
spiritual success in life, which up to this point he did not feel he had satisfied.
career: Dr. Ackerman sold his home and practice, and moved to India. There he had the great
privilege of studying under a world-renowned spiritual teacher by the name of "Ammachi" (The
Holy Mother), while having an opportunity to perform volunteer medical work in Her charitable
institution. Over a period of three years, Dr. Ackerman experienced a very deep inner
transformation and a remarkable opening of intuitive abilities, which fundamentally changed
his approach to life as well as his approach to healing.
Dr. Ackerman returned to the West and established his present clinic in March of 1997, in La
Jolla, California, The Center for Depth Healing. He now sees patients personally at this location,
and also works by phone with people from around the United States and Europe. In addition to
treating his patients’ physical and nutritional health needs, Dr. Ackerman also offers people a
rare opportunity to understand and remove the inner psychological stress and emotional root
causes of their pain. This approach brings about a lasting and more profound healing of the
whole person, addressing the deeper underlying emotional wounds which relate to their
outward physical symptoms. Dr. Ackerman now achieves more rapid results with a wider scope
of his patients' health problems through wedding Eastern and Western medicine into a unique
and powerful synthesis for holistic healing -- going beyond the boundaries of most of the
mainstream and alternative healing therapies available today.
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