Donald Charlson, M.S., M.B.A., R.N., L. Ac., D.O.M. practices acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Scarborough and Falmouth locations. He earned his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 1998 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Donald Charlson studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbalism at Dong Zhi Men Hospital and clinic certified by the World Health Organization for its acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dong Zhi Men hospital was featured on Bill Moyer’s “Mysteries of Qi” series.
Donald earned an Associate Degree of Nursing from Central Maine Medical Center as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine at Orono. He has worked as a Registered Nurse, Healthcare Consultant, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist for over 20 years.
Donald has focused his practice on the treatment of acute and chronic pain, including injuries. Research published in the Journal of Pain has shown acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, the effects of acupuncture persist over time, and the benefits of acupuncture cannot be explained away solely by the placebo effect. He is a member of the Academy of Pain Medicine and American Pain Society, and is nationally board certified in Acupuncture.
Donald is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Maine and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in New Mexico. He has practiced in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Rockland, Maine before moving to Scarborough with his wife and three cats. He enjoys being outdoors and hiking on family land in Lincolnville, Maine.