Dr. Richard Grossman’s fascination with healing started quite early in his life, triggered in part by a severe physical and emotional traumatic event. As the son of a pharmacist, he grew up surrounded by doctors, but when given an assignment to decided what he wanted to be when he grew up he answered he wanted to study the effects of plants and medicines on the mind.
His spiritual search also started early. He was a voracious reader, focusing on Asian and South Asian philosophies and shamanism, looking for God and meaning; asking questions that adults could not or would not answer. By the age of 15, he had concluded that the only reason to be alive was to help others out of their suffering. It was the beginning of his calling to the path of the healer.
Richard’s spiritual journey started in his early teens, culminating, at 18, with a trip to India. There, while meditating on the banks of the Ganges, he understood that without a spiritual component, true healing was impossible.
In 1980 he enrolled in the program of Oriental Medicine at the California Acupuncture College in Los Angeles. Three years later, he was one of three students from his school to attend post-graduate acupuncture training in Beijing, in a course sponsored by the World Health Organization and attended by physicians from around the world. Upon his return, he began a thriving private practice and continued his studies, earning a Masters in Acupuncture, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree, a Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine, a Diplomat in Acupuncture, a Diplomat of Pain Management, and a Diplomat in Acupuncture Orthopedics.
Shortly thereafter, his lifelong interest in healing and spirit merged again, triggered by the power and profound beauty of Ayahuasca .
In the summer of 2005, Richard was invited to give a presentation on sound healing at an international conference on Indigenous Healing in Iquitos, Peru. His travels to Ecuador and Peru allowed him to fulfill his dream of studying with indigenous shamans in their native lands, ultimately to utilize their wisdom and traditions by leading healing circles in many parts of the world.
Since then he has become recognized for the healing work he does in ceremonial settings. His work is a unique combination of traditional Amazonian shamanism, deep energetic healing, and sound healing techniques from many of the world’s cultures.