We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Kyle Lupo, L.Ac., DAOM, MTOM and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Lupo, how do you think about risk?
I say I’m not a huge risk taker, but that’s a lie. I saved up for a couple years as a teenager working at a record shop to move to LA the moment I graduated high school and did it. Back then it didn’t seem like a risk, but in hindsight, it was a huge one I followed a dream. My risk taking didn’t stop there. After chasing a dream or two and not having the success I desired, I found myself over 30 at a crossroads. Not knowing what I was going to do with my life. I had a knee problem that was causing severe pain for about 9 months. I tried steroid injections to physical therapy and nothing worked. Someone suggested acupuncture. I’ve always been attracted to holistic and alternative health but for some reason I was skeptical. What did I have to lose? I took a referral from a friend and committed to 3 treatments a week for a month. By week 3 the pain was gone and never returned. I kept getting treatments weekly for maintenance and anything else that came up. The medicine WORKED (and still does) for me. One day while getting a treatment I was in my head about what to do next. I heard a voice “open your eyes and look at your body”, I saw the needles in and a light bulb went off. I had a comfortable job in nightlife but it’s not how I wanted to spend my life. I had no background or education in medicine but knew this was my calling. So, I took a bold risk, and decided to go to Chinese medicine and acupuncture school. I had to do 1 and a half years of prerequisites before I could start the 4 year full time Masters of Science in Chinese medicine and acupuncture program at Emperors college. I eased off my hours in nightlife, took out student loans and started. Once in the program I almost quit several times. I sacrificed a lot to finish but I did. Another risk I’m so glad I took. I graduated and passed the board exams and got hired working for someone else, it wasn’t going well and inside I knew I needed my own practice because I had ideas and a style I wasn’t allowed to explore working for someone else. An opportunity arose for me to rent my own space part-time, I emptied my savings and took the leap and started my own practice. Six months later I realized I wanted to have the highest level of education I could have in my field and enrolled in the DAOM (doctorate) program at my school which was another two years. I balanced that, my practice and shifts at a bar. I was outgrowing my small part time practice and took another risk at renting an office all my own full time. I haven’t looked back.
What should our readers know about your business?
I focus on the LGBTQIA+ community. I specialize in pain, anxiety/depression/stress, energetic/spiritual healing, digestive issues and HIV/AIDS support, amongst many others. I did my capstone/thesis for my doctorate on, and continue to research and treat Chronic Non Bacterial Prostatitis and other prostate pathologies with much success. My approach comes from the heart and I take my patients well being very seriously. I like to create a comfortable and light/fun atmosphere that’s not too clinical and stuffy while still diving deep into finding the root of the problems and not just trying to treat the symptoms/branch. I love my community and want to help. I love educating and treating people who have never tried Chinese medicine and acupuncture to show them it’s not just for stress and back pain like most people think even though it’s wonderful at treating them, it’s a complete medical system all its own. It’s ancient medicine not magic, but sometimes I beg to differ. One of the most influential teachers I’ve had, Dr. Cormac Fergusson said to our class “Chinese medicine is taught like a science and practiced like an art” and those words have never left me. There’s a beauty to it that one can only understand by trying it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is tough to answer in 2020 because of covid. Luckily Los Angeles is so close to just about any kind of landscape you could dream of. I’d show them the beaches from the Palisades to Laguna to San Diego. I’d take them to Palm Springs or Joshua tree, we even have skiing just a couple hours away. But the parks, like Griffith, are true gems right here in our city. Beautiful nature and views from the top. When it’s up and running again the live music scene here is wonderful. One of my favorite things to do is grab dinner at one of the 100’s of amazing non chain/corporate places in town then hit the El Rey theatre or Hotel Cafe for some music. I also love the dive bars like Motherlode in West Hollywood and sadly, the now gone, Goldcoast. Again, it’s a tough year to answer this question so for the current state of life in the US, I’ll stick to the nature that can be experienced in town and just outside!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank Dr. Jill Harrison Landsman of Joyful Life Healing who was my first acupuncturist and the reason I decided to get into the medicine. She’s an amazing doctor and wonderful human. Also, Nayda Pineiro, whom was the owner of a restaurant I worked at and my favorite spin instructor who told me to go to Dr. Jill for my knees problem. Obviously, Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica for the amazing eduction and laundry list of renowned doctors/teachers/supervisors who taught me the medicine that is a lifelong learning experience. I also couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends and family, and my “school wife” Kacie Hill, another brilliant acupuncturist and healer who now practices in Newport Beach, find her on IG at KacieHillAcupuncture if you’re looking for the best I that area! Certainly a good friend and mentor, Robin Paravecchio whom I also met at school who does 5 elements acupuncture in Eagle Rock, moxaacu.com!
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