Dr. Bethany Bechtel is a Licensed Acupuncture Physician, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine as certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a 2002 graduate of Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. To her practice Bethany brings a lifetime interest in integrative medicine and health care, a strong background in biomedical science research, and a continuing study of oriental medicine, including ongoing training in scalp acupuncture for stroke recovery. Her acupuncture practice in Gainesville, Florida, focuses on helping patients achieve optimal help by addressing specific conditions and restoring the body to equilibrium.
Dr. Bechtel holds undergraduate degrees in Molecular Biology and French Literature from Bryn Mawr College. She earned her doctoral degree in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 1990) and has worked in scientific research at the Wistar Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and in the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida, as well as research collaborations at the McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida. Bethany Bechtel has been the recipient of two Fulbright Awards for advanced research at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India. She maintains a longstanding research collaboration with the sVYASA Yoga University in Bangalore, India and their network of yoga researchers in India and the United States.
In addition to her training as an acupuncturist, Bethany offers her patients her experience in yoga therapy, pranayama, qigong and pranic healing. Patients can schedule individual therapeutic yoga and pranayama treatments (breathing exercises for lung health). Weekly online yoga, qigong and pranayama classes provide an opportunity for patients to learn therapeutic yoga techniques to augment their acupuncture treatments. Bethany has been practicing tai chi since 1997.