If you ask Dr. Schaefer DACM how he ended up in the Chinese medicine world he will say it was destiny and tell you stories about having acupuncture since he was young. He will also usually tell you that he was pushed toward medicine by his early martial arts teachers. Jack is the founder of Mountain West Wellness Advanced Acupuncture and Colorado native, who is a NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. He received his masters degree 18 years ago and went on to do post-graduate study at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China, where he specialized in advanced acupuncture techniques and treatments, Oncology (cancer) and tuina bodywork. Jack performed a residency at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing in China. On his educational journey went on to get his doctorate degree as well as travel to China over a dozen times to continue working with senior doctors and get consults on his cases. Before returning to his beloved home state of Colorado he spent time practicing and mentoring new practitioners in Lisbon Portugal as well.
Aside from running one of the busiest clinics in the Boulder area Jack is currently a Professor at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder and has been responsible for being the primary mentor for a dozen great acupuncture apprentices who now practice around the country.
A featured speaker at the Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine, a continuing education provider for acupuncturists, Jack has published in the Lantern and The Journal of Chinese Medicine, professional journals for Chinese medicine. Additionally Dr. Jack continues to translate Chinese works into English including The Daoist Morning and Evening Altar Recitations.
In his private practice, Jack has worked extensively with pain syndromes, athletes, the elderly, women's issues, and general health and wellness maintenance. Jack's specialties include herbal therapy, tuina bodywork, and classical acupuncture. Jack, a professional member of the National Qigong Association, also practices a Chinese body/energy work system from Yin Style Ba Gua. As a system it dates back to the Qing Dynasty and is taught in a lineage format not in large institutional classes. This system involves healing with massage and qi gong.
Jack's patients often comment that he is as thorough as he is stubborn. He does not like to let illness win and goes above and beyond to help people achieve the health that they want.
On a personal note he spends as much time as possible with his amazing little boy, and being outside. He is also a lifelong martial artist, studying Chinese, Japanese martial arts, and is a Brazilian Jiujitsu Blackbelt. He continues to teach martial arts and qigong.
To schedule an appointment with Jack or speak with him please feel free to to call 303-499-1633.
"My first experience with acupuncture has set the bar extremely high for future acupuncture specialists. As far as I'm concerned, Jack is the best there is. My own family medical practitioner has never been as caring, understanding, personal and thorough as Jack."-Kristin Westminster, CO
I found Jack and MWW a few years ago and am so grateful. Jack has "fixed" pretty much every ailment with which I have sought his help: anxiety, digestive issues, fatigue & low energy, colds and flu symptoms, allergies, and musculoskeletal issues resulting from a car accident and other injuries--mostly relating to my back, neck, and hamstrings. He is incredibly skilled, knowledgeable, intuitive, and compassionate. I have referred many friends and colleagues to Jack. He is truly a gifted healer. -E.D.
"Jack is amazing. I recommend him to my friends and co-workers. I found Jack by pure chance when I was looking into a new acupuncturist. I am happy that I did. He listens very attentively to my symptoms and works with me for a solution to get me to feel better. And I relax so well when I am in his office, I am always taking a nap within 5 minutes of having acupuncture."- Amy Longmont, CO
Jack is the most professional, efficient, knowledgeable, acupuncturist in town! My husband sees him too and loves him. Even when my family visits from out of town they all go see him. Best of the best. - CF, Louisville
I have seen Jack at Mountain West on and off for over 7 years. My husband sees him and my kids have seen him. I have referred him to countless friends and neighbors who have all had only positive things to say about him. In fact, I have friends who swear they have the best acupuncturist or herbalist and then eventually, for one reason or another, try Jack and stay with him. He is a soothing/calming person, just lovely. He is a great listener and totally non judgmental. He mixes custom herbal formulas and also carries patent formulas. His acupuncture treatments are always spot on and very relaxing. I could not recommend him more highly for just about any ailment and even just over all wellness. - Scarlett K, Boulder