Steven Roensch's first experience with oriental medicine was in 1971 in Bien Hoa, a small village on the outskirts of Saigon, South Vietnam. It was there, where as a young Army sergeant, he witnessed Chinese missionaries performing acupuncture on locals suffering from the effects of malaria. Fascinated by what he was seeing, he attempted to ask questions of the physician but the language barrier prevented him from learning much more than it was some kind of oriental medicine. On that day a seed of interest was planted and in the years to follow Steven read everything he could find on the subject of this ancient medicine.
A practitioner of the martial arts since 1966, Steven continued his studies after military service in karate, jiu-jitsu, tai qi and qi gong over the decades that followed. This would not only become his vocation, but would afford him significant exposure to acupuncture and oriental medicine, while traveling and teaching across the United States, Europe and the orient. Astounded by the results of acupuncture treatments he received; he decided that for his martial arts training to come full circle, he needed to understand not only the ancient warrior's art, but the healer's art as well.
In 2003, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from East West College of Natural Medicine and opened Sarasota Sports Acupuncture, specializing in orthopedics. Three years later he opened The Healing Center near Ashville, North Carolina and is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Florida. Steven currently serves as an Instructor/Admissions Committee Chair at East West College of Natural Medicine. He continues to travel and teach the martial arts nationally and internationally, incorporating the values, concepts and methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine at every seminar. In 2013 he received the highest level of recognition that can be awarded; tenth degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, making him the highest ranking practitioner of his style.