Session 1 Lead Instructor Lecturer: Dr. Hyunsam Lee, Ph.D, KMD
Dr. Hyunsam Lee is the Vice president of the Society of Sports Korean Medicine and is a fourth generation Korean Medicine Doctor. After graduating Kyung Hee University, the nation’s top rated College of Korean Medicine, he went on to study human anatomy and brain science, receiving his Masters in the Department of Anatomy and PhD degree in the Department of Neuroscience.
Ever since he was young, he enjoyed a variety of sports, ranging from Taekwondo, fencing, and golf. During the activities, he suffered from numerous injuries forcing him to rest and go through multiple rehabilitative treatments, which also required a lot of time. This naturally led him to develop a great interest in Sports Medicine. His knowledge in human anatomy and neuroscience served as a helpful base for developing better and improved treatment methods using acupuncture for instant pain relief and to promote faster recovery.
His expertise in this area of ‘Sports Medicine Treatment using Korean Medicine with a Basis in Anatomy and Neuroscience’ led him to lecture regularly for Korean Medicine Doctors. For several years, his classes have been one of the most popular lecture programs in Korea.
Currently, he treats patients in his private clinic, Osungdang, which was first opened by his great grandfather in 1812. He also actively works as a team doctor for national / community sports teams and many national sports athletes. Most recently, he worked as an on-site Korean Medicine physician for the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics. By combining structural anatomical knowledge with modernized Asian medicine treatment techniques, he focuses on maximizing therapeutic effects through traditional acupuncture and uptodate Sports Medicine treatment methods.
In his own words: “As all bodily stimulations pass through the brain, optimizing and modulating nerve signals through acupuncture can instantly increase pain relief. Although the acupuncture techniques that my father and grandfather used were not described in anatomical and neurological terminologies, the traditional treatment methods they taught me were straight on more scientific than the most uptodate Sports medicine treatment methods”.
Session 2 Lead Instructor Lecturer: Dr. Hanseong Kim, Ph.D, KMD
Dr. Hanseong Kim also graduated from Kyung Hee University College of Korean Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Since the start, his clinical interests were in treating musculoskeletal pain fast and effectively and for this, he first studied myology. Using traditional acupuncture methods that he learned, he continuously explored ways to relax muscle tension and release aching muscle points through optimal acupuncture point combinations. By studying Travelle’s Myofacial pain syndrome treatment, he learned that pain originating from simple muscle problems could be treated much faster than conventional treatment methods.
However, most patients coming to the clinic come with a combination of muscles, tendon/ligaments, and joint problems. For those patients, treatment requires a multiple and synergistic approach because chronic pain patients generally come due to joint overuse and abuse. Even if we develop a treatment plan to release the points causing the pain, unless we rectify the imbalance of the joints, or of the structural changes resulting from long-time overuse, pain strikes again. Thus, to prolong acupuncture effects, he developed a taping method to support acupuncture, based on meridianology.
Using the treatment methods that he developed, Dr Kim realized that he could treat most of the patients without problem. The ones that needed to go one step further were those with tendon and ligament problems. Tendons and ligaments are a completely different anatomical entity, which requires double the patience to achieve the same amount of treatment satisfaction as muscle problems. To expedite treatment, he uses moxibustion and other traditional Asian treatment methods specially tailored to patients with chronic pain.
Today, he is also treating patients who come in to prevent development of musculoskeletal pain and to reduce recurrence through alignment of the temporomandibular joint and the feet. He realizes that there is also an emotional factor involved, and has found a way to find the best solution to multiple causes, effectively.
His 20 years of intellectual inquisition into musculoskeletal pain and development of treatment methods using modernized Asian medicine to increase speed of recovery has allowed him to enjoy a lot of popularity among patients and national sports athletes.
Seeing more than 100 patients per day, he de-stresses from work by listening to heavy metal, Judas priest being his favorite. The top song on his playlist right now is ‘Worth fighting for’. He wishes to say that musculoskeletal pain is something definitely worth fighting for.
Session 3 Lead Instructor: Dr. Robert Seungmin Lee, DC, L.Ac, RT-NPS, LMT
Dr. Robert Seungmin Lee started his medical career studying Pre-Med and Health Science, especially focusing his studies in Respiratory Care. After graduation, he went on to acquire clinical experience in Long Island Jewish Medical Center, working as a Pediatric/Neonatal Specialist in the Intensive Care Unit for eight years. It was during these years while working at the bedside of critically ill patients, that he saw a great potential in integrating conventional medicine with traditional Eastern medicine and decided to commit himself to further studying East Asian Medicine.
He received his Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine at the New York College of Health Professions and was designated as Honors student, which allowed him to stay and train as a resident for two years. After resident training, he remained at school for two more years as an Adjunct Professor and taught basic East Asian Medicine studies before opening his own clinic.
In the clinic, he has learned that the disruption in order and balance of the body can directly affect quality of life and death. He found solutions to modern day health problems by approaching internal imbalance with the wisdom of East Asian Medicine, and regulating external imbalance with his knowledge of anatomical structures and bio-mechanisms. Especially in the treatment of pain, he realized that the inner & outer alignment & balance is crucial, and further acquired a doctorate in Chiropractic.
Dr. Lee is also a certified MicrogateUSA specialist who is specialized in human performance and movement analysis by using the optical device called Optojump/ Optogait. He has various experiences in performance analysis with pro-teams such as USA Baseball, NY Rangers (NHL), Tempa Bay Rays (MLB), NE Patriots (NFL), Novak Djokovic (Pro-tennis) and various high school teams. He also volunteered in many different sporting events as a medical staff and has treated athletes on site.
Today, he is the founder of Robert Lee Integrative Chiropractic & Acupuncture, in Syosset, NY. His treatments in Sports Medicine focus on reconstructing the key components of movement: balance, timing and coordination. He especially finds great joy in teaching and training specialists in sports and musculoskeletal diseases.
Session 2. Assisting Instructor: John Kim L.Ac
John Jun Mo Kim, L.Ac. Started his journey into the acupuncture field as early as when he was 12 years old. As an active youth who participated in man sports activities such as amateur wrestling, bodily injuries were commonly encountered. To quickly alleviate and fix such disorders, he was primarily treated through acupuncture and herbal remedies to quicken his recovery time so he could resume his training and competitions. Impressed that such a simplistic but effective treatment such as acupuncture can treat sports disorders without the complicated invasiveness of surgery and the harmful effects of taking pharmaceuticals, Dr. John began to visualize that this was the way of future, modern medicine where people and doctors will rely on the human body to heal holistically and naturally.
He commenced his education into the medical field in the year of 1996 and attended Dongguk Royal University in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating and successfully receiving his California Acupuncture licensure, he began working as the chief acupuncturist at an established orthopedic physical therapy company with over 20 locations throughout the Los Angeles area. At the same time, he also served as a clinical supervisor at Dongguk Royal University, helping future clinical interns learn how to properly and successfully treat commonly seen health conditions.
Having grown up in the east coast, Dr. John returned home and continued his career having received both the New York and New Jersey State Acupuncture licensures. He also began working at multi- disciplinary clinics focusing on orthopedic conditions as well as sports injuries. He has been employed at the renowned Englewood Hospital in NJ as a licensed acupuncturist. Currently, Dr. John currently works at two different locations in the states of NJ specializing in sports acupuncture along with the utilization of electro- acupuncture to further enhance healing and recovery time.
Dr. John is a big fan of sports such as mixed martial arts, kickboxing, boxing, and wrestling. He also actively studies different sports as hobby, especially the specific body mechanics involved in producing optimal performance. He also studies and treats people’s postures through acupuncture and corrective exercises. He received his certification as a postural neurologist from the world renowned American Posture Institute. Another one of Dr. John’s hobby is that he likes to read and study different aspects of both Eastern and Western treatments to further enhance a patient’s outcome/ results. Oh and he was also one of the first people in the initial group that completed the Korean Sports Medicine program!