Faculty – Daniel J. Johnson

danielDaniel J. Johnson, M.A.O.M., L.Ac., ITMA Certified Tea Master™, was raised in a small rural town in Pennsylvania. His father, an avid sportsman and environmentalist, sparked his interests in Native American wisdom and natural living from an early age. These simple yet profound lessons, drawn from nature, piqued his interest in natural health. Daniel attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology. His studies focused on health psychology, consciousness, and the mind-body connection. After studying Eastern philosophy, natural awareness, and the science of the mind, Daniel was attracted to the field of Oriental Medicine.

Attending the AOMA (formerly the Academy of Oriental Medicine of Austin), the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, Daniel completed an extensive four-year program in Acupuncture, Herbology, Western Medicine, and Asian Bodywork Therapy. He has also studied in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, Daniel initiated his training in Native American skills and philosophy in 2006 with a traditional medicine man named Mr. 2020. To this day he continues to study with Mr. 2020 in the Way of the Scout, Native American philosophy, and the traditional teachings of the Medicine Wheel.

Passionate about the benefits of herbal medicine, holistic healthcare, and natural philosophy, Daniel expanded his practice to include the Art of Tea. In the fall of 2010, he earned the prestigious title of Certified Tea Master.

While studying a variety of traditional natural medical systems and philosophies, Daniel was deeply influenced by the study of Tai Chi Chuan, internal kung fu, and Chi Gong. In 2011, he began intensive training in the art of Raja Yoga under the guidance of Grand Master Adam Nguyen in Virginia Beach. As a certified yoga instructor and licensed practitioner of Oriental Medicine, Daniel has added a tremendous level of depth, knowledge, and experience drawn from the traditional health sciences of India, China, Japan, and America to the “Way of Tea”. He is particularly interested in how traditional cultures use plants to facilitate meditation, health, balance, and personal momentum. Daniel is currently working on translating the native medical traditions of America, China, and India concerning herbs, tea, and natural living into an accessible model for Americans to enjoy over a cup of tea.

Daniel maintains a clinical practice, herbal pharmacy, and actively teaches in Pittsburgh, PA. He is committed to transforming his community through natural medicine, holistic education and a healthy cup of tea.


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