Ron Elkayam has always had an interest in balance and health. During his undergraduate years, he became interested in how the mind affects the body, and received a B.A. in psychology from Haverford College.After working as a corporate recruiter and HR professional in the high-tech world of San Francisco for most of his twenties, Ron decided to let go of the fluorescent lights, the pressure,and the politics, and to find his passion. This led him to take a sabbatical,during which time he spent a lot of time in nature. During that time, he also met a qigong master and healer who began teaching him about Chinese medicine.
Ron,who had already been meditating and doing martial arts for years, and knew from his own personal experience how people were burning out and longing for balance, fell in love with this deep medicine. He decided to go to graduate school to pursue further studies and, at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California, began studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine.While still in school studying Chinese Medicine, Ron studied with Robert Levine,L.Ac., in Berkeley, where he furthered his understanding of acupuncture, herbal formulas, diagnosis, and pulse taking. Inspired to take his learning to a new level, he moved to Taiwan in 2005 to learn Mandarin as a way of deepening his studies in Chinese medicine.Over the course of almost five years, Ron studied Mandarin in universities in Taipei, Shanghai, and Beijing, received advanced Mandarin language certification from the Chinese government, and worked in hospitals, where he was able to communicate with doctors and patients in their native language andgain useful clinical experience.While living in Beijing, Ron interned at Guanganmen Hospital, the largest and most well-known hospital of Chinese Medicine in China, where he interned in acupuncture, pediatrics, dermatology, and psychosomatic medicine.Ron also interned at Tongren Hospital’s Institute of Traditional Medicine in Beijing, where he studied acupuncture with Dr. Hong Wang, a disciple of Dr. JuYi Wang. In addition, he also saw patients at Dongzhimen Acupuncture Hospital,one of the only hospitals in the world which uses acupuncture as the primary modality to treat patients.Ron has also studied with private doctors such as Dr. Shengyu Li in Taipei and Dr.Zhenyu Chen in Beijing and served as an English instructor at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Ron has a background in mind-body disciplines and has a 2nd kyu (brown belt) inaikido. He has also studied qigong (Wild Goose style), taiji (Wu, Chen, and Yang styles), and Kripalu yoga. He also believes in the importance of diet and exercise in helping patients reach optimum health and happiness.
In late 2010, Ron finally returned to the U.S. to bring his clinical experience to American patients. Since then, he has deepened his clinical experience,treating hundreds of patients in over 6000 patient visits. Ron has served as a Clinical Supervisor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences Clinic in Oakland.Ron has always had a vision of working together with a community of health practitioners to help patients achieve their health goals and live a more fulfilling life. In 2017, Ron decided to make this vision a reality by building a truly holistic Wellness Center in El Cerrito. In addition to acupuncture, Elkayam Center now offers massage therapy, bodywork therapies, psychotherapy,and health coaching to patients.Ron has national (NCCAOM) certification in acupuncture and herbal medicine. Ron is originally from Baltimore, MD.