Paula Bruno, Ph.D., L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Texas (Lic. #AC01865). She underwent significant clinical internship under the direction of renowned traumatic injury specialist, Dr. Yongxin Fan. Though her primary treatment approach consists of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and lifestyle change, Dr. Bruno also integrates Chinese-style traditional Chinese bodywork therapy into her her healing strategies. Dr. Bruno is accomplished in the field of aesthetic treatment, with substantive expertise in scar revision. She completed the Mei Zen protocol training with Dr. Martha Lucas followed by further training and clinical internship under the guidance of Dr. Qianzhi (Jamie) Wu. Additionally, Dr. Bruno is a certified health coach and thus is able to provide wellness support to clients near and far.
Dr. Bruno was a Spanish professor in her first career. Her scholarly focus was national trauma (civil war, dictatorship, genocide, and torture) and how profound collective suffering filters through literature and art. Dr. Bruno’s dissertation investigated the use of fantasy, fantastic, and magical realism in short fiction to address these and other similar themes. Her subsequent record of peer-reviewed publications reflected her love of these traditions. Dr. Bruno remains quite partial to fairy tales, myth, fantasy, and the fantastic. She still believes wholeheartedly in the power of story to effect change and to create healing both on the cultural and on the individual levels.
Dr. Bruno spent her formative years either in graduate school or in academia but she also has extensive experience in fitness/wellness. Growing up in Santa Barbara, California meant that she spent her life at either the beach or at the gym. While pursuing her doctorate in Hispanic literature, she worked in the weight room at Indiana University and was an elected representative on the student health/wellness advisory committee. During school breaks, she’d often go with her best friend to her family’s home in Chicago. While there, Dr. Bruno would sigh over the library of her bestie’s dad (a retired orthopedic surgeon) and say, “If I had two lives to live, I’d be an orthopedic surgeon” While still in her program to become a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Bruno earned her credential as an AOBTA-CP (American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia certified practitioner) and opened her early practice as a health coach and Chinese-style bodywork therapist. It really is no great surprise that Dr. Bruno’s practice includes a dedicated focus on pain relief and musculoskeletal health.
Dr. Bruno’s specialties as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner include:
- General preventative care for all persons;
- Gut and digestive health, weight control, pre-diabetes and diabetes management, and healthy body image support;
- Dermatology and aesthetic acupuncture services, including scar revision;
- Wellness protocols for musicians and other performing artists;
- Men’s health; and
- Dedicated Ehlers-Danlos syndrome management support.
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Note: Two Hearts Wellness services are available by appointment at 4131 Spicewood Springs Rd Ste N8, Austin, TX 78759. Health coaching appointments are available at other times and do not require in-person visits.