Cara Frank, L.OM. DIPL. OM. has been a practitioner and teacher of Acupuncture and Chinese herbology since 1993. She is a popular lecturer, known especially for her clear and humorous teaching style. Cara has demystified Chinese Herbology for acupuncturists, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, botanists and researchers.
Caraâ€™s initial training was at the New England School of Acupuncture where she is a 1983 graduate. She is a 1988 graduate of Empire State College, where she received a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Chinese Medical Studies. Her herbal training was with Ted Kaptchuk, OMD, Simon Mills and at the Xi Yuan Hospital in Beijing, China. It was in China, that her love affair with Chinese herbs took root, and still flourishes. Recently, Cara has studied Classical Formulas with Dr Huang Huang of Nanjing.
In 1991, she founded China Herb Company, which was the first mail order compounding Chinese herbal dispensary in the United States. Cara has developed a line of her own herbal formulas, including formulas for cancer support, respiratory and pediatric health under the brand name â€œSix Fishes Chinese Herbs.â€
Cara is the founder of Six Fishes Chinese Medicine, an acupuncture and herb practice with two locations in Philadelphia. She leads a team of TCM practitioners who specialize in herbology, EENT disorders, pediatrics and internal medicine.
Cara has been an instructor of Chinese Herbology since 1996. She was the director of the department of Chinese herbology at the Tai Sophia Institute from 2003 to 2011. Currently, Cara is the Director of the Department of Chinese Herbology at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, PA. Cara created the entire department, designed an innovative curriculum and is the primary instructor of the program. Using classical texts along with the modern teaching methodology and the latest technology, she developed a website for the class that included photographs, podcasts, handouts, class blogs to enhance the students learning experience.
Cara lives with her husband and rescue dog in Center City, Philadelphia. She was an accomplished chef in her former career, and an avid gardener. When she isnâ€™t busy with a full acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice or teaching, she can usually be found in her award-winning garden or in her kitchen cooking something delicious.