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Dr. Mel McDonald


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About Dr. Mel McDonald

Dr. Mel McDonald was previously in clinical practice at NEWS from 1998 to 2011, where he practiced Integrative Medicine with Drs. Elizabeth Schultz, DO and Kirk Melville, MD, in Watkinsville, Georgia. He specializes in Oriental Internal Medicine, Acupuncture; acute & chronic pain management, stress disorders and Naturopathic Internal Medicine. Also included in the focus of his practice, are gastrointestinal, immune, adrenal and emotional disorders. He is currently in private practice at 999 Baxter Street, Suite B, Athens, GA, 30606.

Dr. McDonald received his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree from Five Branches University, San Jose, CA. His Oriental medical education also consisted of a four-year Masters degree from East West College of Natural Medicine and a one-year postgraduate internship with Dr. David Cohen, DO, FAAMA (Fellow of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture). His postgraduate specialty with Dr. Cohen was done in French Energetic & Electro-Acupuncture. His combined education in Oriental and Naturopathic medicine total over 12 years. Prior to his Oriental medical education, Mel spent six years earning two doctoral degrees (Doctor of Naturopathy-distance learning and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine-residential). His Naturopathic medical education is over and above the usual four-year education at most residential naturopathic schools and was combined with a three-year externship at NEWS, which totaled over 3,000 clinical hours alone with an additional 2,000+ hours didactic.

Dr. McDonald is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the State of Georgia and the State of Colorado. He is a Federally Registered Naturopath in Washington, DC. Dr. McDonald is Board Certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) and Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac), and he is also a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician (ANMCAB/ANMA).

**Dr. McDonald is currently accepting new patients.

Professional Associations:

  • American Association of Oriental Medicine
  • Arkansas Association of Oriental Medicine
  • Georgia State Oriental Medicine Association
  • Georgia Association of Medical Acupuncturists
  • Idaho Association of Naturopathic Physicians
  • American Naturopathic Medical Association

Languages Spoken English

School Five Branches University, East West College of Natural Medicine, University of Natural Medicine, Clayton College, Southern College of Naturopathic Med

Degree Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Bachelor of Professional Health Sciences, Doctor of Naturopathy, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.

Treatment Techniques

Acupressure Acupuncture Cupping Electro-Acupuncture Functional Medicine Gua Sha Herbology Homeopathic Medicine Moxibustion NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Naturopathic Medicine Nutritional Medicine

Areas of Expertise

Addiction Allergies Asthma Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Colds and Flu's Dermatology Diabetes Family Practice Fibromyalgia Gastrointestinal Disorders Geriatrics Headaches/Migraines Hypertension Immune Disorders Infertility Insomnia Internal Medicine Menstrual Disorders Musculoskeletal Disorders Neurological Disorders Nutrition Obstetrics & Gynecology Oncology Support Orthopedics Osteoporosis Pain Management Pediatrics Psychological/Emotional Disorders Rheumatology Sexual Dysfunction Sports Medicine Stress/Anxiety Women's Health

Styles of Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture Dr. Tan Balance Method Five-Element Acupuncture Japanese Style Acupuncture Korean Hand Acupuncture Master Tung Acupuncture Motor Point/Trigger Point/Dry Needling Scalp Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Acupuncture


The acupuncture office of Dr. Mel McDonald in Athens, GA is within driving distance from the following cities:

Winterville Bogart Hull Nicholson Arnoldsville Watkinsville Statham Bishop High Shoals Farmington Colbert Crawford

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