"Serving Columbus with excellence since 2000"
1560 Fishinger Rd.; Suite 140     |     Columbus, OH  43221     |     614-451-7246

Thomas E. Turpen, MS, R.Ac., is a master practitioner of acupuncture with nearly 20 years of clinical experience; and was the first registered acupuncturist to practice in Ohio. Having received his Doctor of Oriental Medicine, he is among the highest trained acupuncturists in his profession.. His particular areas of expertise are in acupuncture physical medicine and orthopedics utilizing very specialized techniques for pain management. He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management, and  a former vice-president of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  A graduate of Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Thomas Turpen received advanced acupuncture training in a WHO (World Health Organization) collaborative program in Beijing, China. There he treated patients in inpatient and outpatient settings focusing primarily on neurological disorders and physical medicine. Prior to coming to Ohio, he was a physician in private practice in Albuquerque dedicated primarily to pain management.  He is board certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is also board certified in clinical hypnotherapy by the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnosis. 
Also a trained in homeopathic medicine, he is a graduate of the British Institute of Homeopathy in Canada, and is certified in Homotoxicology by the International Society for Homotoxicology in Baden-Baden, Germany. Beyond his foundational training he constantly strives to expand his understanding through continuing medical education. He has completed a number of programs in pain management, orthopedics and rheumatology including Harvard Medical School's CME programs in pain medicine and primary care orthopedics. In addition to his practice of acupuncture, He has deeply studied East Asian philosophy for about 20 years, he is a Reiki Master, a 28-year practitioner of kung fu and tai chi as well as various Taoist arts an sciences.

Curriculum Vitae


Southwest Acupuncture College
China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center
British Institute of Homeopathy
California Baptist University

Credentials and Licenses

Doctor of Oriental Medicine. New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Registered Acupuncturist. State Medical Board of Ohio.
Diplomate in Acupuncture. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. International Certification Board for Clinical Hypnosis.
Extended Prescriptive Authority.  New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Certified in Clean Needle Technique. Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Certificate of Proficiency in Homotoxicology. International Society of Homotoxicology, Baden-Baden, Germany.

Professional Associations

American Academy of Pain Management
Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association
American Association of Oriental Medicine
Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Oriental Medicine Association of New Mexico
National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association

Professional Experience

Acupuncturist and Owner. Arlington Acupuncture Clinic
Acupuncturist. Integra Acupuncture Associates, Columbus, Ohio.
Acupuncturist.  Wellcare Center for Health, Columbus, Ohio.
Martial Arts Instructor. Sheng Ren Dao Guan; Columbus, Ohio
Vice President. Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Acupuncturist/Clinical Director. Physicians Acupuncture Centers, Gahanna, Ohio.
Acupuncturist. Columbust Pain Centers, Inc. Columbus, Ohio.
Acupuncturist. Allied Anesthesiology; Columbus, Ohio.
Consultant. Alternaid Healthcare Associates. Gallup, New Mexico.
Primary Care Physician. Private Practice. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Psychiatric Technician and Crisis Response Team. University Hospital Mental Health Center and Psychiatric Emergency Services.
Acupuncture Intern. Gu Lou TCM Hospital; Beijing, China.
Acupuncture Intern. Meitan General Hospital; Beijing, China.
Neurology Internship. Dongzhimen Outpatient Clinic; Beijing, China.
Acupuncture Internship. Southwest Acupuncture College Clinic.

Lectures and Publications

Survey of Acupuncture. Ohio State University College of Medicine; Columbus, Ohio.
Acupuncture and Women's Health. Berger Hospital; Circleville, Ohio.
Acupuncture Pain Management. Ohio State University College of Medicine; Columbus, Ohio.
Pain Mechanisms in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Meridian: The Journal of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Acupuncture for Chemical Dependency. American Institute of Alternative Medicine.

Continuing Education

Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Medical Education.
Primary Care Orthopedics
Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Primary Care Initiative for Improved Diagnosis and Outcomes.
Assessment and Treatment of Depression in the Primary Care Setting
Addiction in Your Practice: Information and Resources for Dealing with Addictive Behavior
Parkinson's Disease
Chronic Hepatitis C: A Multifaceted Disease
Liability Issues in Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine
Metastatic Case Studies in Prostate, Breast, Colorectal and Lung Cancer
Lifestyle Medicine for Stress Management 
Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Management

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Continuing Medical Education.
The Overlapping Pathogenesis of Depression and Pain
Improving Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Pain
Toward Optimal Management of Fibromyalgia
Challenges in Opioid Treatment
Persistent and Breakthrough Pain: Individualizing Therapy Optimizing Function

Acupuncture Orthopedics
Acupuncture in Structural and Musculoskeletal Disorders, Paula Haberman, PT, L.Ac.
    Introduction and Protocol Overview
    Musculoskeletal Evaluation
    Postural Assessment
    Anatomy, Joints, Range of Motion
    Posterior Treatment Strategies
    Lateral Treatment Strategies
    Anterior Treatment Strategies

Richard Teh-Fu Tan, OMD, L.Ac.
Balance Method: Clinical Wonders With Acupuncture 1, 2, 3
Global Balance Method
Advanced Balance Method: Seasonal Balance
Advanced Balance Method: Smart Combinations
Advanced Balance Method: Five Elements
Advanced Balance Method: Meridian Conversion Therapy

Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine
Essential Tung Style Acupuncture: Points & Locations
Essential Tung Style Acupuncture: Real World Applications
Master Tung's Acupuncture for Male Disorders
Japanese Acupuncture: Keiraku Chiryo

The Cleveland Clinic.
General Internal Medicine Grand Rounds at the Cleveland Clinic
   Headache in Patients with SLE.
   PML Complicating Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases

The American Medical Association
Pathophysiology of Pain and Pain Assessment
Overview of Pain Management Options
Barriers to Pain Management and Pain in Special Populations
Assessing and Treating Pain in Patients with Substance Abuse Concerns
Assessing and Treating Pain in Older Adults
Pediatric Pain Management
Assessing and Treating Persistent Nonmalignant Pain: An Overview
Assessing and Treating Persistent Nonmalignant Pain: Common Persistent Pain Conditions
Assessing and Treating Neuropathic Pain
Overview and Assessment of Cancer Pain

Boston University School of Medicine
The Scope of Breakthrough Pain in Clinical Practice

Princeton Continuing Medical Education, Coalition of Rheumatology Educators
Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Its Implications for Therapy--The Need for Early/Aggressive Therapy

The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
What is Addiction?
The Treatment of Addiction

University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing
Healthcare Professional Series
    Overview of Complementary Therapies
    Spirituality in Healthcare
    Culture, Faith, Traditions, and Health
    Overview of Mind Body Therapies
    Mind Body Therapies: Clinical Hypnosis
    Mind Body Therapies: Prayer
    Mind Body Therapies: Meditation
    Mind Body Therapies: Yoga
    Botanical Medicines
    Massage Therapy
    Clinical Aromatherapy
    Craniosacral Therapy
    Healing Touch
    Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Chiropractic Medicine
    Music Therapy
    Developing a Personal Plan for Health and Well-Being

National Institutes of Health
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements
    Mind-Body Medicine
    Manipulation and Body-Based Therapies
    Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Aging
    Integrative Medicine
    Health and Spirituality
Office of Research on Women's Health
The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health    
    Understanding the Importance of Sex and Gender in Biomedical Research
    Cell Physiology

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

HA-MRSA, CA-MRSA, and Invasive Fungal Infections in the Surgical Setting
PainEDU CE Course

Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
Depression Assessment and Treatment Strategies in Primary Care

Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation
Management and Prophylaxis of Migraine

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Acupuncture Points for Easier Surgical Recovery
A Comparison of Chinese Herbal Medicine with NSAIDS in the Treatment of Menstrual Pain.
The Placebo Effect in Placating Pain
The Use of CT and MRI in Detecting Wrist Bone Erosion in Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Evolution of the MRSA Strain
MRSA Prevention
The Prevalence of Invasive MRSA
CAM Tx of Infertility
The Use of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Nausea in CA Patients
The Incidence of Neuropathy in Type 2 Diabetes
Intraorbital Surgery in the Treatment of Pain in Trigeminal Neuralgia
The Effect of Chronic Pain on Resting Brain Dynamics

California Academy of Family Physicians
Treating Musculoskeletal Pain: Current Treatment Options

Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Continuing Medical Education
Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
    Art and Medicine    

The American College of Physicians
Arthritic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    Lateral Epicondylitis
    Low Back Pain
    Neck Pain
    Plantar Fasciitis
    Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
    Fibromyalgia Syndrome
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Perioperative Management of Rheumatic Disease
    Rheumatoid Arthritis in Pregnancy
    Reactive Arthritis
    Psoriatic Arthritis
    Septic Arthritis
    Rheumatic Fever
    Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus
    Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus in Pregnancy
    Behcet's Syndrome
    Sjogren's Syndrome
    Polymyalgia Rheumatica & Giant Cell Arteritis
    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Mental-Emotional Disorders
    Bipolar Disorder
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    Eating Disorders
    Panic Disorders
Nervous System Disorders
    Cluster Headache
    Trigeminal Neuralgia
    Parkinson's Disease
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
    Meniere's Syndrome
Gastrointestinal Disorders
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Ulcerative Colitis
    Diverticular Disease
    Peptic Ulcer Disease
    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    Crohn's Disease
    Celiac Disease
    Acute Bacterial Diarrhea
    Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Non-variceal Upper
Cardiovascular Disorders
    Essential Hypertension
    Lipid Disorders
    Acute Coronary Syndromes
    Chronic Stable Angina
    Deep Venous Thrombosis
    Sudden Cardiac Death
    Coronary Artery Disease in Women
    Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack
    Aortic Stenosis
    Heart Failure
    Perioperative Management of Congestive Heart Failure
    Atrial Fibrillation
    Atrioventricular Block
    Perioperative Management of Hypertension
    Smoking Cessation
    Alcohol Abuse
    Opioid Abuse
    Perioperative Management of Alcohol Abuse
Dermatological Disorders
    Chronic Urticaria
    Atopic Dermatitis
Urological Disorders
    Chronic Pelvic Pain
    Erectile Dysfunction
    Premenstrual Syndrome
    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
    Uterine Fibroids    
    Menopause and Hormone Therapy
    Female Sexual Dysfunction
    Pelvic Organ Prolapse
    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
    Female Infertility
    Ectopic Pregnancy
Complementary and Alternative Healthcare
    Mind Body Medicine
    Prayer and Spirituality    
    Naturopathic Medicine
    Chiropractic Care
    Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
    Massage Therapy
    Ayurvedic Medicine
    Vitamin Therapy
    Herbal and Botanical Therapies
    CAM Treatment of Headache
    CAM Treatment of Back Pain
    CAM Treatment of Osteoarthritis
    CAM Treatment of Fibromyalgia
    CAM Treatment of Asthma
    CAM Treatment of Menopause
    CAM Treatment of Cancer
    CAM Treatment of HIV
    CAM Treatment of Depression
    CAM Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease
Hip Fracture
Distal Symmetric Polyneuropathy
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Human Papillomavirus
Preparticipation Sports Physical
Blue Poppy Institute
A Master's Class in Traditional Chinese Medical Diagnosis
The Treatment of Depression with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Treatment of Sleep Apnea with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Treatment of Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Treatment of Migraine with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Treatment of Insomnia with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

East West Seminars; Albuquerque, NM.
Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; New York City, NY.
Acupuncture & Reproductive Medicine

Institute of Advanced Integrative Medicine.  Albuquerque, NM.
Advanced Integrative Medicine for Extended Prescriptive Authority
    Myofascial Pain and Trigger Point Injection. 
    Physical Examination of the Pain Patient.
    Local Injections in Pain Management: Trigger Point Needling with Infiltration and Somatic Blocks.
    Regenerative Injection Therapy
    Intravenous Injection Techniques
    Intramuscular Stimulation

International Society for Homotoxicology. Albuquerque, NM. 
Pain Management In and Out of the Workplace
Gastrointestinal Disorders. 
Treating ENT and Allergy Disorders
Homotoxicology From Head to Toe

Dongzhimen Outpatient Clinic; Beijing, China.
Laser Acupuncture
Advanced Acupuncture Pain Management Techniques

China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center
Advanced Acupuncture Training Certificate Program
Acupuncture Anesthesia

Dr. Barry Clark, Physician of Tibetan Medicine
Traditional Tibetan Medicine for the Western World

Korean Sa Ahm Acupuncture