rcg-profile-picDr. Robert Gastón, OMD, is an MIT graduate and a board-certified Acupuncture Physician with extensive hospital clinical experience in acupuncture and herbology. He trained in the U.S. and China and he practices medicine as a Kagyu monastic.

Dr. Gastón completed his clinical training at South Shore Hospital in Miami Beach treating AIDS patients in the Ryan White Program and for two years helped teach students at the UM Medical School Acupuncture Post-Doctoral Courses. He also worked at Boston’s Children’s Hospital’s ER, and at Massachusetts General Hospital’s OR. 

Dr. Gastón has been a student of Tibetan Kagyu Lamas for decades. He often guides his patients and students in meditation techniques to eliminate stress. He has been in family practice since 1998 and conducts a series of free lectures at Miami Shores’ Brockway Library to educate the community on the extraordinary nature of Oriental medicine. He is an ordained Buddhist monk and on the Faculty at Acupuncture and Massage College in South Florida.

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Professional Degrees/Licenses/Associations

Faculty of the Acupuncture and Massage College in South Miami

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences (MIT ’71)

Doctor of Oriental Medicine (CSTCH ’98)

Florida Acupuncture Physician (AP-1020)

Diplomate in TCM (Heilongjiang University ’97)

National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists  (NCCAOM ‘98). 



Community School of Traditional Chinese Healthcare, Miami, Florida, USA. Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine Diploma (1998) – 1200 hours of supervised clinic at South Shore Hospital, 3 years of Herbology w/ Clinical Training.  Specialized in the supportive treatment of HIV patients using acupuncture and herbs.

Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin, People’s Republic of China. Training in Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Spinal Trauma Acupuncture Certificate 1997.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Mass., USA. Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences (1971).  Minor: Pre-med.

Kagyu Thubten Chöling.  Dharma Path Program. 1998-present. Studied with Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Phakyab Rinpoche, and Lama Karma Chötso.  Took Getsul (novice monks’ vows) with HH Tai Situ Rinpoche.

New England Conservatory of Music. Voice Major. Opera/Musicals with the Boston Opera, Miami Opera, and the Shakespeare Festival Company.  1975-1986.

University of Miami. Music Department. Drama and Voice studies. Ring Theater Productions. 1983-85:   King Arthur in Camelot.  Matt in The Fantasticks.

Recent Seminars

Scalp Acupuncture Seminar, NADA Addiction Treatment Detox Seminar, Nutrition Seminars, Infectious Disease Seminar, Tai-Qi Chuan Long Form, Medical Qi-Gong  Studies, Reiki I-III Seminars, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Three-Needle Technique Seminar, Laboratory Values Seminar, HIV, Infectious Disease Seminar, Korean Hand Therapy Seminar.

Work Experience

Private Family Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Quan Yin Medical Center, Miami Shores, 1998 – present. NADA Protocol with Janet Konefal, PhD  1998

University of Miami Medical School Acupuncture Post-Graduate Program Teaching Assistant 1997-1998

South Shore Hospital. Acupuncture Physician Clinical Training  1995-1998

Massachusetts General Hospital Operating Room Circulating Nurse 1971-1973

Boston Children’s Hospital Emergency Room Assistant Volunteer 1969-1971


CD-ROM:  Traditional Chinese Medicine Database  Volume I: The Main Channel and Extraordinary Points.  1999

Oriental Herbology Clinical Notes: The Live Herbs. Quan Yin Medical Center Press. 2015.

Oriental Herbology Clinical Notes: The Formulae. Quan Yin Medical Center Press. 2017.


Current Lectures

Every first Thursday of every month Dr. Gastón teaches meditation and Oriental medicine at the Quan Yin Medical Center 11am-12:30pm.  All are invited.  RSVP:  (305) 758-7011.

Meditation and Oriental Medicine Lecture Series Miami Shores Brockway Public Library. 2010 – present.

Recent Lectures

Scoliosis Foundation – St. Mary’s Hospital

Florida International University Nursing Department.

Health Expo Ft. Lauderdale

Rotary Club (Miami Shores, Dadeland and South Miami)

Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale

Miami Shores Library

Barry University

St. Thomas University

Kiwanis Club (Miami Shores)

Brockway Library ( Miami Shores)


English, Spanish, French, Italian.


Classical music tenor,  long distance swimming, teaching assistant at OpenAwareness – the official Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist Center in Miami (MiamiBuddhism.org)