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To provide excellence in healthcare as a Primary Care Physician (PCP) in the State of Florida using my knowledge of Eastern medical practices to harmonize and balance the body in support of my patients' Western health regime.


Sep 1994Dec 1997

Bachelor of Science

University of South Florida

Biology/Pre-Med track, graduated with Honors, completed Bachelor's Thesis in cancer research in conjunction with USF Department of Surgery and the USF University-Wide Honors Program.

Work experience


Student Intern

East West College of Natural Medicine

12 clinic hours treating 9+ patients per week, patients come to the student clinic to receive health care from student clinicians for any number of ailments including acute syndromes, pain and chronic disease for a reduced rate.

Jan 2013Present

Acupuncture Physician

Calm Community Acupuncture

Acupuncture physician in a community acupuncture setting (see for details on business structure), working to open a Tampa location of Calm Community Acupuncture with the owner.

Oct 2011Dec 2012

Acupuncture Physician

Marissa L. Byrum, AP, DOM

Leased space from Ideal Balance to pursue a private practice.  Treated patients for pain, internal medicine, and health and nutritional counseling.  Performed many modalities including acupuncture, acupuncture with electrical stimulation, cupping, tui na, gua sha, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, B12 injections, and homeopathics.

Apr 2012Sep 2012

Associate of Acupuncture

Acupuncture & Natural Therapies

Spent a period of 5 months working with an established practitioner to further my education and improve my personal business model.

May 2011Aug 2011


HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

Working closely with the center's Medical Director, Dr. DeJesus, and with East West College faculty member (and staff at Comprehensive Pain Management Center, winner of the 2011 Center of Excellence of the American Pain Society) Dr. Bruce Benner, we provide free acupuncture treatments to relieve pain for residents of this hospital rehabilitation center.


Acupuncture is a method of inserting needles through the skin into certain points associated with meridians, or pathways, and the organs of the body.  These meridians were established through careful study of the body in East Asian culture many thousands of years ago, and continues to be a powerful traditional medicine practiced all over the world today.
Nutrition Counseling
Never before has the cliche "you are what you eat" been so true.  Proper nutrition is the key to any health regime.
Herbology is used as supplementation to mitigate the symptoms of disease.  Herbs are prescribed in pill, powder or raw form.  It is the Internal Medicine portion of East Asian Traditional Medicine, used to treat diseases that originate in the interior of the body, or that invade the body from the outside.  Herbs are also commonly used prophylactically in the prevention of disease, as daily tonics to maintain health and vitality.  They are a very important part of Traditional Medicine.
MediCupping/Cupping/Fire Cupping
MediCupping uses a vacuum machine to regulate cupping suction and is used for many types of treatment, from gentle lymphatic drainage and aesthetic practices to more stimulating athletic muscle and joint recovery treatments.  Cupping/Fire cupping uses glass or plastic cups to provide suction to the surface layers of the skin, which moves stagnated fluids in the body that have accumulated and are "stuck".  These accumulated fluids cause pain, either acute or chronic.  They also can cause congestion of areas such as the lungs and the nasal passages.  The suction moves these fluids, allowing the body to circulate and eliminate them.
Gua Sha
Gua Sha is the use of special tools to scrape the skin, typically on the upper back, neck and posterior shoulders.  Traditionally it is used to alleviate the initial signs of common cold or flu (neck stiffness, fever, chills) and keep it from advancing to the interior of the body.  It is also used as a massage technique to alleviate the pain, tightness and restriction of mobility caused by adhesion of fascial layers and/or muscles to each other, which usually manifest as "knots" felt subcutaneously.  Gua sha breaks up the adhesions and releases the trapped fluids and toxins that have accumulated there so that the body can eliminate them.
Moxibustion is the heating of acupuncture points and meridians of the body using Artemesia vulgaris, or common mugwort.  This technique is used to alleviate pain and swelling as well as warm cold areas of the body.
Point Injection Therapy
Point Injection Therapy is the injection of natural substances (e.g. homeopathics, vitamins, saline, etc) into acupuncture points.  It is used for many different kinds of conditions, including but not limited to pain management, aesthetics, and disease symptom alleviation.


Acupuncture Injection Therapy (AIT)

State of Florida
Oct 2011Present

Diplomate of Acupuncture

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Nov 2012Present


Oct 2011Feb 2012

Board Certified Acupuncture Physician

State of Florida Department of Health