About White Crane Healing Arts
We had a dream of a healing center that was a refuge from worldly confusion. In 1988, there was an opportunity to hear Taoist Master Ni, Hua Ching speak at a Unitarian church. We were inspired to expand our understanding through workshops, qigong movement practices and reading books authored by Master Ni and other spiritual classics. “The Way” started to unfold and our journey began to take form.
In 1989 Frank taught a single Tai Chi class at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove and we held study groups and meetings in our tiny home which we fondly referred to as “The Bonsai Center. In the early 90’s we started giving free community lectures, taking part in health expos, and teaching Qigong classes at several martial art studios. Frank also received his Acupuncture license and we began building our private practices in Chinese Medicine and nutrition. Initially we took up residence in Hollywood, Fl. next to the Hollywood Birth Center. We were fortunate to have good friends and the space to practice, teach and grow.
Five years passed by quickly and we felt it was now time for us to create a space of our own that more closely expressed our personal energy and philosophy about healing and spirituality. We took up residence in a rather unusual office space in Plantation. The next three years were quite busy for us as our practices and movement classes evolved. We also held a number of community events, including a spring festival and autumn dinner to introduce Chinese herbs in cooking. In 2002 we moved into the Gardens, an office complex in Tamarac. The space we found was the perfect fit for the center with a loft for teaching classes and beautiful surroundings. The fourteen years spent in that location brought us many blessings in the form of life long friends, experiences and good fortune.
Over the last ten years we began to travel to the western North Carolina mountains. From that first visit we fell in love with the area and saw it as a place where our dream could continue to unfold. In this extraordinarily beautiful area, the stars are visible, fireflies light up the night and trees live long enough to acquire wisdom. Our desire to impart knowledge and educate individuals in life skills that will facilitate good health, inner joy and a strong independent spirit has remained a constant in our lives and will remain a driving force in the immediate and far reaching future. The details are starting to become clear and , it is unfolding as it should. The seeds that were planted and nurtured over the years are germinating and growing as “the way” unveils itself.
Looking back over the last 35 years in relationships and professional practice, it’s become obvious that the personal challenges and difficult times along with the highlights, explorations and ordinary moments have created the nurturing of our own inner development. These experiences have become teachers in themselves; guiding us to a crystallization of the dream. The journey is far from over and we look forward to the roads we’ve yet to travel. We invite you to join us on “the way”. We are now in the mountains near Asheville, NC.
Many teachers and friends through their kindness, dedication and wisdom have helped us along the way. Special thanks to our spiritual friend and mentor Master Ni, Hua Ching and the Ni family. The Ni family tradition stretches back to antiquity and is expressive of the timeless message of one great universal spiritual unity. Presently we are engaged in studying practices that come from Taoist Lineage Master, Bruce Frantzis. We sincerely appreciate his depth of knowledge about the sophisticated and subtle workings of our internal being and look forward to the continued exploration of our own inner space. Frank’s Chinese medicine practice and exploration into the extraordinary vessels has been directly influenced by Dan Nevel, over the last twenty five years. He has been and continues to be an instructor and mentor since the beginning of our journey into Chinese Medicine and we are truly grateful for Dan’s insightful knowledge and friendship.
Master Bruce Frantzis and the older is the late Taoist Lineage Grandmaster Liu Hung Chieh, in Beijing,China.
Frank Iborra, AP, Dipl. AC (NCCAOM)
Certified NSEV Acupuncturist
Frank Iborra is a North Carolina state licensed and nationally board certified (NCCAOM) diplomat in acupuncture; as well as a certified non-somatic extraordinary vessel (NSEV) practitioner. Frank has studied the Asian healing arts for over 30 years and the Asian movement arts for over 50 years.
His studies have included acupuncture, NSEV training, Chinese herbs, Nei Gong Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing, Qi Gong Tui Na and Meditation. He has previously served as an advisory board member for the educational holistic program at Everglades University and as an instructor for Chinese medical theory at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in South Florida and as a clinic supervisor for Daoist Traditions College in Asheville, NC.
In the late eighties, prior to becoming an acupuncture student, Frank met and studied with Dan Nevel. Dan taught Chinese dietary therapy and nutrition in a series of monthly weekend intensives. Dan’s presentations and approach to the subject matter were inspirational to Frank’s becoming a healing practitioner. He subsequently enrolled in acupuncture school and graduated from the Community School of Traditional Chinese Healthcare in 1992. In the late nineties, Frank and his wife opened White Crane Healing Arts in Tamarac, FL. where Frank practiced and taught Qigong classes until 2017.
After selling their Florida home and practice that same year, Frank and his wife moved to the western N. Carolina mountains fulfilling a longtime dream. Presently, their home provides an area for center activities and Frank’s private practice, as well as personal living space. Their property also has a flowing meditation stream, a large organic vegetable garden, several fruit trees and two happy cats.
Frank’s experience of the internal arts began in the early seventies and quickly developed into a lifelong passion. Through good fortune, he met and studied with incredible teachers, Takashi Akusawa and Larry Pomilio for sixteen years in martial arts. Then in the 80’s and 90’s he studied with Master Ni, Hua Ching, his first Taoist teacher. In 2004, he began studying Taoist Nei Gong systems with Master Bruce Frantzis till the present day.
Frank’s approach to Chinese medicine and particularly the Taoist healing arts is to inform and educate patients and students about their body’s own healing ability and capacities. He does this through private instruction, weekly classes, treatment sessions, workshops and lectures. Frank’s years of experience as a student and teacher, along with his unique perspective and sensitivity as a healer, assists and guides patients and students toward the path of self-discovery and healing.
Micki Iborra, NC
Miki has over twenty seven years experience in Chinese nutrition and cooking. In Florida she was licensed as a nutritional counselor. Her background and training includes eastern and Western nutritional theory, and a knowledge of Chinese therapeutic cooking. She teaches a variety of nutrition and cooking classes that clearly reflect the synthesis of the two systems. In cooking and nutrition classes she guides individuals through the process of transitioning to a more wholesome diet and healthier lifestyle. She is a student of the Taoist arts and also primary administrator for White Crane Healing Arts.
In Memory of
Raymond Garner, Dipl.C.H., Dipl. Ac., RRT
Raymond Garner started his private practice at White Crane’s Florida clinic in 2003. Over the years we came to know Ray as a sincere, reliable and close friend. When we decided to move to N.C. we were pleased that Ray would take over Frank’s practice and classes in Florida at the Tamarac location under his business title, Asian Arts of Balance. We had confidence in Ray’s abilities as a practitioner and instructor and knew that patients and students were in good hands. He was a Florida state licensed and nationally certified Acupuncture Physician and Herbalist and also a state licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist. Ray was in the medical field for over 14 years and practicing as an Acupuncturist for over 13 years. Ray’s dream and dedication to service continues to this day. His devoted wife, Cristina presently oversees and manages the Tamarac clinic, as well as the clinic he started in Boca Raton. You can check out the website at: www.AsianArtsofBalance.com for more information.
Having been a student and practitioner of Chinese Internal Martial Arts for many years, I found Frank Iborra’s classes to be very informative and stimulating. His perspectives on body structure, Chi flow and breathing techniques have reinforced my practice and understanding with a greater clarity than I had previously. I look forward to continue with him as he settles in North Carolina. Thank you Frank.
– Bob Gugino