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Curriculum Vitae

​Dr. Nathan Rene Kaehler, DACM, LAc

115 Pirie Road, Suite A1, Ojai, CA 93023 

2002-Present     Owner, Licensed Acupuncturist, Ojai Herbs and Acupuncture
                              Offices in Ojai (2002-Present) and Beverly Hills (2009-2014)
                                          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, headquarter 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


2019                   DACM, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
                               Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego 
2016-Present      Advanced studies toward Tibetan Medicine Kachupa Degree and advanced studies in Tsalung Healing
                               Tibetan Medicine Education Center, Geneva, Switzerland with Menrampa Arya Pasang Yonten
2012-2016          Completed 3-year Tibetan Amchi program, Tibetan Medicine Education Center, Geneva

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


2017-2021          Community Service Chair, Rotary Club of Ojai
2018-2019          Board Member, Rotary Club of Ojai Foundation
2018                   Executive Committee Member, Matilja Peace Pavilion, Ojai
2011-2019          Board Member, Rotary Club of Ojai
011-2013          Chair, International Service Committee, Rotary Club of Ojai
2010-2021          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
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

2019                    Presenter: "Our Heart's Garden: Herbs to Cultivate a Peaceful Mind", Ojai Herbal Symposium
2018                    Presenter: "Herbs for Psychospiritual Resilience and Trauma", Ojai Herbal Symposium
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
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