The Santa Cruz Acupuncture Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic

was founded in 2003 by Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM, to serve patients with pain, orthopedic and sports injuries, and other neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, using acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, dry needling, myofascial trigger point needling, prolo-acupuncture, gua sha, tui na, suction cupping, Chinese herbs, and exercise therapy. He integrates traditional Chinese acupuncture with contemporary neuro-anatomical approaches to needle therapy. The Santa Cruz Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic has grown to 4 practitioners who practice a variety of techniques to treat musculoskeletal injuries.

Mr. Anthony Von der Muhll is the only Licensed Acupuncturist in Santa Cruz, CA who is a credentialed Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, and who is also certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist through Myopain Seminars. His training and clinical experience includes four years of graduate studies at the Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and post-graduate training at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, and national board certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics.

He was the first Licensed Acupuncturist to graduate from Five Branches’ Integrative Sports Medicine Certificate program, and has served as an Associate Professor and Clinical Instructor in Orthopedics, Traumatology and Integrative Sports Medicine at Five Branches since 2005. He is also an Instructor in the Orthopedics and Pain Management specialty in the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland. He is the founder and head instructor of AOM Professional, which provides doctoral-level continuing education to Licensed Acupuncturists. He has served as a featured speaker at the conferences of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance, the California State Oriental Medical Association, and the Acupuncture Society of Virginia.

Mr. Von der Muhll’s curriculum vitae includes:

Training and Education

Licensing and Certification

Professional Experience

Professional Memberships

Languages Spoken

  • French: professional competency
  • Spanish: limited, translator advised for initial or complex visits. Professional translation may be arranged through patient’s insurance, please inquire for details.

Personal Interests

Anthony cycles, runs, swims, plays racquetball, basketball and frisbee, and enjoys rock climbing and wilderness backpacking. He has also studied and practiced yoga and martial art forms including taiji, qi gong, and bagua.