Curriculum Vitae

​Dr. Nathan Rene Kaehler, DACM, LAc

805-640-8700    www.ojaiherbs.com
115 Pirie Road, Suite A1, Ojai, CA 93023 
 
EXPERIENCE

2002-Present     Owner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Ojai Herbs and Acupuncture
                              Offices in Ojai (2002-Present) and Beverly Hills (2009-2014)
                                    Specialties:
                                          mind/body health, health maintenance in mid or later years, addiction recovery, skin conditions, herbs for children
                                    Maintain an on-site dispensary of more than 500 herbs and many other herb products
2006-2007          Staff Acupuncturist/Herbalist, New Seasons Recovery, Port Hueneme
                                    Provided group and individual acupuncture and herbs to patients during or after residential addiction treatment
2006-2007          Staff Acupuncturist/Herbalist, Toltec Living Center, Santa Barbara
                                    Provided individual herb treatment to elderly residents seeking to reduce medication use

2004-2006          Faculty and Clinical Supervisor, Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
                                    Taught Herbal Medicine, Diagnosis & Evaluation, Medical History & Terminology
                                    Supervised interns providing herb & acupuncture treatments in low-cost community clinic
1997-2007          Grants Manager, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo
                                    Developed applications for $1,000,000+ in grants annually for education, clinical services & capital expenses

1982-1996          Executive Director, Senior Companions of South Dakota                    
                               Division of The Good Samaritan Society, nation’s largest non-profit nursing home   
                               provider, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD
                                    Provided management, board relations, fund-raising, personnel supervision, 
staff education/training, & public relations
                                    for large, multi-county nursing home prevention service for older adults
1976-1981          Administrative Associate, Center for Community Organization and Area Development                 
                                A division of Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD
                                    Managed, developed funding, supervised education and research for innovative statewide Water Goals for South
                                    Dakota--an effort interfacing corporate/civic leaders, state legislators and the public. Designed and led interdisciplinary
                                    research team of water experts whose reports guided water development in Sioux Falls for 20 years
1975-1976           Associate Director, The Volunteer Center, Sioux Falls, SD                          
                                     Designed and obtained funding for innovative program with neighborhood volunteer recruiters; placed 500 volunteers

1974                   Staff Member, Youth Exchange Program (operated by a consortium of Lutheran Colleges), Ahuatepec, Morelos, Mexico

1971                   Youth Service Worker for National & Regional American Lutheran Youth Offices, 5 rural South Dakota communities

EDUCATION

2019                   DACM, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
                               Pacific College or Oriental Medicine, San Diego (now called Pacific College of Health and Science)
 
2012-Present     Completed 3-year program on Tibetan Medicine, now doing advanced studies toward Kachupa Degree
                              along with advanced studies in Tsalung Healing
                              Tibetan Medicine Education Center, Geneva, Switzerland

2001                   MA, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
                              Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine (Graduated top of class, 4.0 GPA)

1998-99              Doctoral study in Clinical Psychology
                              The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara

1998                   MA, Psychology
                               Antioch University Santa Barbara

1997                   Leadership Fellowship (awarded for 2 years for study of mind/body therapies for older adults with health concerns)
                               Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN
         
1977                   BA, Cum Laude, Sociology & Religion, Minor Philosophy
                               Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

    

COMMUNITY SERVICE 
 
2019-Present      Rotary Club of Ojai Chair for The Rotary Foundation
2018-Present      Executive Committee Member, Matilja Peace Pavilion, Ojai
2017-2019          Community Service Chair, Rotary Club of Ojai
2011-2019           Board Member, Rotary Club of Ojai
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011-2013           Chair, International Service Committee, Rotary Club of Ojai
2010-Present      Member, Rotary Club of Ojai
2009-Present      Member, Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce
2003-2010          Member, Ojai Valley Horticultural Society
1997-2002          Board and Fund-raising Committee Member, Santa Barbara Fatherhood Coalition
1993 -1996         National Board Member, National Senior Companion Directors Association
1985-1996          Founder and Corporate Agent, Senior Companion Fund (an endowment)
1991-1996          Vice-President, Call-A-Ride (a senior coop transport service, Sioux Falls, SD)
1985-1987          Chair, Sioux Falls Area Aging Coalition 
1984-1986          Executive Committee Member, Senior Daybreak Sioux Falls (an adult day care center)
1972-1973          National Board Member, American Lutheran Youth Organization
      
PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, ARTICLES
2005-2009          “Herbs and Supplements” column in Ojai Valley News
2007                   Protocol for alcohol and drug detoxification assisted by Traditional Chinese Medicine
2001                   Traditional Chinese Internal Medicine for DSM-IV Psychological Diagnoses,
                                Master’s Project, Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
1997                   Meditation as a Complement  to Health-Related Older Adult Psychotherapy: A Guide
                                Master’s Project, Antioch University Santa Barbara
1980                   “Water Goals for South Dakota: A case study in building consensus”
                                The Environmental Professional, Pergamon Press, Vol. 2
OTHER LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCE PLANNING EXPERIENCE

2002-2005           Guest lecturer on internal medicine for emotional challenges, dermatology,
                                and fibromyalgia at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine
1982-1996           Provided more than 2000 hours of pre-service and in-service education to home care workers,
                                Senior Companions of South Dakota
1995                    “Senior Companions: An innovative nursing home prevention service”
                                 Presentation to National Conference of the Good Samaritan Society, Sioux Falls, SD
1995                    “Private-sector fund-raising for services to older adults”
                                 Presentation to 1st National Conference of the Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC,
                                 Also served as a conference planner
1991                    “Evaluating and facilitating a dignified ‘retirement’ for Senior Companions”
                                 Presentation to 1st National Conference of Senior Companion Programs, Washington, DC
                                 Also served as a conference planner
1980                     “Water Goals for South Dakota: A case study in building consensus”
                                 Presentation to Minnesota Conference on Water Resource Decision-Making sponsored by the
                                 Freshwater Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
1979-1980            Conference planner and chief editor of 20 background papers for statewide Water Goals Conference,
                                The Center for Community Organization and Area Development, Sioux Falls, SD
1971                     Co-chair, Tri-state Lutheran Youth Gathering for 3000 college & high-school students, Sioux Falls, SD