About Us

OUR MISSION

Caroline Burdulis, LAc and Bryan Watrous, LAc are impassioned to to help their colleagues develop their Chinese Medical practice, with ease, beyond their WILDEST EXPECTATIONS by enhancing their innate skills and knowledge so that they are free from financial worries and business management constraints to better focus on helping as many people as possible benefit from the incredible power of this medical system.

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Caroline and Bryan with their staff at Bitter Root Acupuncture & Wellness Center

After receiving a request and being confirmed to be Preceptors for a graduating Bastyr University student in 2011, and having received multiple requests from college students and colleagues, they realized the desire and need for coaching in the development of an Chinese Medical practice.

They were especially motivated to share their knowledge and experience after discovering that two of their dear friends and fellow Acupuncturists had decided to close their practice after 9 years since their practices were not financially viable.

A DECADE OF EXPERIENCE DEVELOPED THEIR SYSTEM

Given a decade of experience in the highly successful private practice they co-founded, Bitter Root Acupuncture & Wellness Center, they found their practice grossing annual revenue in excess of $500,000 by its third year placing it in the top 3% of all Chinese Medical practices in the United States.

After seeing nearly 4000 patients in 9 years and thousands more at their booths in a variety of events and at presentations, they have distilled their hard-won knowledge and experience into a proven system, offering it to their colleagues in a step-by-step easily integratable approach to achieve their goals of helping others by enhancing the ability of their peers.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
Bitter Root Acupuncture & Wellness Center was selected by Bastyr University to mentor their graduating students as Preceptors in both acupuncture and the professional interaction and management of an established Chinese Medical practice incorporating multiple practitioners with a variety of specialties.

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Caroline Burdulis, LAc, DiplOM

Caroline Burdulis, LAc, DiplOM, MTCM

has dedicated her professional career to exploring the enormous potential of Chinese herbs in Pain Management and the treatment of chronic and difficult diseases, and is recognized as

an expert in the field of holistic therapy.”

Dr. Heiner Fruehauf, the world’s foremost authority in Chinese Botanical Medicine for Cancer Care and Internal Medicine; Founding Professor for the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine andClassical Pearls Herbal Formulas’ company founder.

Specialty in Pain Management and Menopause

She specializes in Pain Management and Internal Medicine with Chinese botanical formulations as her primary tools in her Integrative Medical practice. She continues to see patients in her private practice.

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Dr. Heiner Fruehauf Founding Professor for the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine

Coach – Chinese Medical Practice 

Together with co-creator and husband, Bryan Watrous, LAc, they have coached or helped Acupuncturists in a variety of settings – from mountain resort towns primarily relying on tourism to tiny, conservative cities with below average incomes.  They enjoy hearing how their clients “take it to the next level” when they’re ready to grow their practice or when the level they’re at “is just too hard.

But, they’ve been especially excited to help acupuncturists transform their “desperate and urgent need” for patients to “I’m overwhelmed with how many people are booked for appointments now.”

Preceptor – Supervising Clinician for students

Caroline was confirmed as a Preceptor, a practicing clinician offering personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or young practitioner, by Bastyr University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s Preceptorship Program, a private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, in science-based natural medicine.  Bastyr is recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and is a pioneer in natural medicine since its inception and continues to be in the forefront of developing the model for 21st-century medicine.

Author

As an author, she has written a variety of articles on alternative health and to date has completed an e-book entitled, “How To Thrive In the Modern World: A Layperson’s Guide to Chinese Medicine,” with co-author and husband, Bryan W. Watrous, LAc.  She recently released her immediately successful second e-book, co-authored by her husband Bryan entitled, “3 Critical Strategies You Must Know To SAVE Your Acupuncture Business From Financial Failure.

Public Speaker

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Caroline in her Chinese Medical Dispensary with staff

Since the founding of her Chinese Medical Practice, Caroline has presented a variety of subjects to a wide range of audiences on average 6 times per year over the last decade.  Topics ranging from Menopause and Pain Management to Insomnia and Fibromyalgia have been taught in venues ranging from the Kiwanis Club to Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center.

Mentor
Caroline is an inspiring mentor.  Her excitement and knowledge of the Chinese Medical system has so dramatically impacted her patients, that five of them to date have chosen to pursue their Masters in Chinese Medicine, crediting her with their decision.

Doctoral Fellow – Women’s Health and Endocrinology

She is Licensed as an Acupuncturist in both Montana and Texas, and is Nationally recognized as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (DiplOM).

In 2014, she began her Doctoral training as a Fellow at Five Branches University, the same University that she attended to receive her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005, where she was chosen to be the first Chinese Medical student to lead Western Medical students in rounds while explaining the differences in the assessment of patients’ cases.

Mentorship with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf

In 2012, she began post-graduate training in a Mentorship program with Dr. Fruehauf to specialize in Menopause and Sleep Disorders.

Pre-medical and Religious Studies Degrees

While in the Honors Program, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and the pre-medical sciences for Western Medical School, at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999.

Bryan W. Watrous, LAc, DiplOM, MTCM

Bryan is dedicated to helping you discover the natural freedom of a pain-free body, abundant energy and vital well-being, providing the highest quality of life possible for people just like you.

Education

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Bryan W. Watrous, LAc and Pain Management Specialist

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at theUniversity of California, Santa Cruz in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, Santa Cruz campus, CA in 2005 and, as of January 2014, he is a Doctoral Candidate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) at Five Branches University, San Jose Campus, CA.

Certifications and Licenses

In 2005, he completed all 5 national examinations to receive a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine certification (DiplOM) and his Licensure as an Acupuncturist (LAc) from the Montana State Board of Medical Examiners.

Bitter Root Acupuncture & Wellness Center

In 2005, he and his wife Caroline Burdulis, L.Ac. co-founded the highly successful Chinese medical practice, Bitter Root Acupuncture & Wellness Center, which was selected to mentor graduating students from Bastyr University in acupuncture, Chinese Botanicals and the professional interaction and management of an established Chinese Medical practice incorporating multiple practitioners with a variety of specialties.

Advanced Training, Extensive Experience

Over the next decade, he performed over 15,000 Acupuncture treatments and accomplished the following post-graduate training:

  • Dr. Wei-Chieh Young, the world’s foremost authority on Acupuncture:  Master Tung’s Acupuncture series:  The
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    Bryan Watrous, LAc during a consultation

     

    Complete Course and the Advanced Course

  • Dr. Robert Chu, Acupuncturist to the U.S. Olympic Team:  Master Tung’s Acupuncture for Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Disorders, Master Tung’s Acupuncture for Internal Medicine Problems and Most Essential Points
  • Dr. Heiner Fruehauf, considered by many to be the world’s foremost authority in Chinese Botanical remedies for Internal Medicine and Cancer Care:  Mentorship Program since 2012 to the present.
  • Dr. Tan, International Speaker, Author, and founder of “The Balance Method” of Acupuncture:  Clinical Wonders with Acupuncture, I, II, III, and Clinical Wonders in Practice, Global Balance for Functional Disorders
  • Doctoral Candidate, Five Branches University, San Jose, CA campus since January 2014

Educator 

Bryan is a natural teacher and considers education to be an essential dimension of the healing process.  He educates both the general public and Chinese Medical professionals in a variety of settings, including Health Fairs, Chamber of Commerce events and Adult Education Centers.

He also offers his knowledge as requested by a variety of organizations, including the MS Support Group, Cancer Support Group, and the Nursing and Physical Therapy School at the University of Montana as well as the City of Missoula Court staff.

Public Speaker – Chinese Medicine

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Bryan teaching Tongue Diagnosis basics to the public

For the general public, he teaches the basic theory of the Chinese Medical System including Acupuncture, Botanicals, Tongue Diagnosis, and Chinese Medical nutrition and lifestyle. He enjoys teaching to individuals and small groups to enhance the healing experience.  Bryan has taught Medical Qi-Gong in a broad variety of venues and in both group and personal training sessions.

Preceptor – Supervising Clinician for students

Bryan Watrous was confirmed as a Preceptor, a practicing clinician who gives personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or young practitioner, by Bastyr University School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s Preceptorship Program, a private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, in science-based natural medicine.  Bastyr is recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and is a pioneer in natural medicine since its inception and continues to be in the forefront of developing the model for 21st-century medicine.

Practice Management Mentor and Coach

Together with co-creator and wife, Caroline, he has coached or helped Acupuncturists in a variety of settings – from mountain resort towns primarily relying on tourism to tiny, conservative cities with below average incomes.  They enjoy hearing how their clients “take it to the next level” when they’re ready to grow their practice or when the level they’re at “is just too hard.

But, they’ve been especially excited to help acupuncturists transform their “desperate and urgent need” for patients to “I’m overwhelmed with how many people are booked for appointments now.”

 

 

 

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