"Healing yourself is connected with healing others."
Drea Miller is a South Korean born acupuncturist and lead acupuncturist at Big Sun Acupuncture in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her journey to become an acupuncturist began after receiving acupuncture for an autoimmune disorder in her late teens. The healing she experienced was so profound that she has dedicated her life since then to sharing the art and science of acupuncture with others in need.
She completed her Oriental Medicine training at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas in early 2011. Drea is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a certified Asian bodywork therapist through the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), and a Master level Usui Reiki (energy work) practitioner. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), she has gained specified knowledge and training in various areas of interest including:
Acu-Nu Kinesiology with founder Dr. Nicholas LaCarrubba, a Japanese style 5 Elements master. Drea is one of few select students of Dr. LaCarrubba who has been entrusted with his system of diagnosis and treatment. Dr. LaCarrubba is the acupuncturist responsible for Drea’s profound healing that inspired her to become an acupuncturist.
Esoteric Acupuncture with Dr. Mikio Sankey. Drea began her formal training in Esoteric Acupuncture in 2017, though she had previously been informally introduced to the method during her internship with her mentor, Elizabeth Fordyce at AOMA in Austin, Texas. Drea continues to study and practice Esoteric Acupuncture, which she finds profoundly healing for psychoemotional issues and for helping people reach expanded states of consciousness and mindful living.
Balance Method and Master Tung style acupuncture with Dr. Elizabeth Fordyce in Austin, Texas. Balance method is a system designed to specifically target acute and chronic pain syndromes, as well as treat an array of internal disorders.
Chinese orthopedic manual therapy (Tuina – “tway-nah”), a type of Chinese bodywork, for sports injuries, internal disorders, and pediatric health with Dr. Yongxin Fan.
Women’s health and fertility with Dr. Zheng Zeng, an expert in gynecology and obstetrics and the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) practitioner of the year 2011.
Cosmetic acupuncture, including facial rejuvenation, with Dr. Jamie Wu and Dr. Nicholas LaCarrubba.
After finishing her graduate studies in Texas, she moved to Durham, North Carolina to begin private practice and establish the nonprofit organization Barefoot Acupuncture & Wellness – a community outreach organization focused on complementary and alternative health education. After three years in private practice, she was invited to join the team at Rapid City Acupuncture.
Her areas of focus include women’s health and fertility, autoimmune disorders, psycho-emotional imbalances, and musculoskeletal/sports injuries for children and adults.
Drea moved to Rapid City with her son Blixa, husband Bryan, mother Colleen, and their two dogs Rocko and Panda in September 2014. They welcomed the birth of their daughter, Genesis, in October 2017. She enjoys making art, geocaching, martial arts, yoga, and family time exploring all that beautiful South Dakota has to offer.