Craig spent over 15 years as a ceramic engineer doing research and development for companies including Toshiba, Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Motorola, and Freescale Semiconductor where he worked on glass composition and property modeling, field emission display development, embedded chip semi-conductor packaging, and laser process development for new products. During his career he's gained over 19 patents in cutting edge technology with flat panel displays, electronic packaging and laser development.
While he enjoyed using science in the development of new technologies, he noticed the extreme stress and market volatility was causing his co-workers to suffer from severe health problems.
Realizing how important good health was to a quality life, he committed to spend 5 years in the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at PIHMA (Phoenix Institute of Herbal
Medicine and Acupuncture) towards a massive career change. In 2008 he began his full-time practice as fully licensed acupuncturist at Hidden Rhythm Acupuncture in Tempe. His education and experience in laser development led to his use of Cold Laser Therapy / Low Level Therapy in his practice where he continues to be one of the leading experts of cold laser therapy in Arizona.
Teaching Acupuncture at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Along with his acupuncture clinics in Tempe at Hidden Rhythm Acupuncture and the Toltec Wellness Center at Skydive Arizona, he is also a Professor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). He Teaches classes in Chinese Medical Theory and Lab Needling Practices. He also manages a community student clinic on campus.
UFC Veteran Frankie Saenz
Throughout his career as an engineer and acupuncturist, Craig has continued his passion for health and fitness by exploring a wide variety of extreme sports. He's been a dedicated martial artist and teacher for over 35 years and holds black belts in several styles of martial arts. He continues to train in MMA and kickboxing several times per week at Fight Ready MMA in Scottsdale. Not only does he train and spar with amateur and professional fighters in UFC and Bellator, he is also their acupuncturist.
52-Way Sit Fly World Record
For the past 27 years, Craig has also been a professional freefly skydiver and continues to provide load organzing, coaching, video and camera services at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona.
2008 World Championships of Skydiving
Aside from being a world record holder, he has also earned several Gold Medals in National Competition and Silver and Bronze Medals in World Skydiving Competition in Freestyle, Freefly, and Skysurf categories. As an acupuncturist he regularly treats a large number of current and past World and National Champions in skydiving.
Taking Care of our Soldiers, Past and Present
For the past several years, Craig has also proudly dedicated his practice to helping heal our nation's veterans and is contracted with Tri-West Healthcare. His clinic provides acupuncture services for Veteran's and active military to deal with current and past physical and emotional injuries. It's his attempt to help re-pay their service and sacrifice to our country. He also continues to treat several active and retired special forces operators at his clinic in Tempe and at Skydive Arizona.
Goruck Tough Fitness Challenge
In an attempt to resist aging and poke "Father Time"in the eye, Craig recently completed a 12 hour "GoRuck-Tough" fitness challenge starting at 9 pm and continuing past sunset the following day. The challenge was called the Go Ruck "Tough" event. Beginning with about 40 lbs in the backpack, the squad of 20 had to share the burden of about 8 sandbags ranging from 60 to 120 lbs...plus a 25 lb team weight for a total hike of 17 miles. Every 3 miles or so breaks were offered where you can drop the weight and do group PT (physical training). The event was led by a Special Forces combat veteran drill instructor. These events are designed to pay tribute to the military and veterans where much of the proceeds go to veteran support. Despite the convincing argument to himself that he didn't feel the need to repeat the experience, he has since bought a sandbag and does "ruck hikes" at least once per week
Craig's background as a scientist, yoga teacher, professional extreme athlete, martial-artist and fighter, and professor of Chinese Medicine has given him a unique perspective on the importance of good health and an understanding of the stresses and challenges of competition and pushing one's physical and mental limits to the highest level. His practice is dedicated to help patients who are committed to living an active lifestyle and who are seeking to improving their perfomance both on and off the field,cage,ring. We combine the tools of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Cupping Therapy, and Cold Laser Therapy to re-establish a healthy balance in the body, speed wound healing and injury recovery, and overall increase athletic performance and endurance to the hightest possible levels.
By you committing to our treatment program, we promise to use all of the education, tools, and experience that we have at our disposal to help discover the source of your health challenges and work with you to ensure you achieve the best possible level of care. You are not just a customer, you are a person. We want you to be the best YOU that you can be.