Nature First, Drugs Last

The reason I do this work is to co-create with you a culture of "nature first, drugs last" - vital, resilient people who make their unique positive contribution in the world, who are able to minimize their interactions with the medical system. My goal is not just to treat you. It is also to treat THROUGH you, because as you become healthier and stronger, with more radiance and vitality, you become a greater blessing or positive presence to those around you. I never see most of the effects of the work I do with patients, because its in the lives of those they touch, most of whom I will never meet (though I encourage referrals!)

Since 1990, The Gaeta Clinic has been providing natural family healthcare and works with you to increase vitality, well-being & resilience with natural therapies and natural medicine.  Learn more at - go to The Clinic at the top of the page.

One year of Natural Functional Medicine Consultations

12 monthly visits. in-person, or by phone or video

Not ready for a one-year care plan? Click here for the six-month Mini Care Plan

Questions: email [email protected], or call 303-442-2525. On the day of an appointment, text or call Michael at 917-613-4501 if needed.

Thank you

About Dr Michael Gaeta


Dr Michael Gaeta’s purpose is to co-create a world of vital, resilient people who choose a lifestyle of “nature first, drugs last.” To accomplish this, he treats patients with Chinese and functional medicine, and helps natural health professionals upgrade their patient care.

Michael holds licenses in acupuncture, dietetics-nutrition, and massage therapy. He is also an clinical herbalist, and a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Rhode Island. He earned his Master of Science degree in acupuncture from the New York College of Health Professions, where he was a faculty member for ten years. He holds additional degrees in massage therapy, Asian bodywork therapy, and health sciences. Over the last 29 years, he has trained 20,000 practitioners. His teaching is informed by 33 years of successful clinical practice.

Michael was a faculty member at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, New York Chiropractic College, Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, and Southwest Acupuncture College. He has taught hundreds of professional continuing education seminars, and spoken at dozens of natural healthcare colleges and conferences internationally.

He has taught bioethics nationally over the last 26 years, and was part of the team that drafted the US model code of ethics for the acupuncture profession.

He co-founded Acupuncture for Veterans, which provided free treatments in New York City. Michael is past president of the Acupuncture Society of New York, earning awards for State Association and State Association President of the Year. Dr Gaeta appeared on the CBS Early Show and NBC News, and his wellness podcast attracted over 100,000 subscribers. Michael is also a pianist, which was his first career.

Through the Gaeta Institute for Wholistic Health Education, Dr Gaeta and his faculty provide gives live and online courses for health professionals and the public. Dr Gaeta has also been active nationally in promoting health choice and medical informed consent for 22 years. More at

Degrees, Licenses & Certifications


The New York College of Health Professions, Syosset, New York                           

  • Master of Science (MS), Acupuncture          
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Health Sciences             
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Amma Therapy (Asian Bodywork Therapy)
  • Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS), Massage Therapy
  • Diploma in Acupuncture
  • Diploma & Certification in Advanced Amma Therapy (CAT)             
  • Diploma in Massage Therapy   

Additional Education

Certificate of Completion, Clinical Integration, a two-year postgraduate course in advanced Chinese medicine, with Lonny Jarrett, MS, LAc      

Hofstra University, Uniondale, New York. Music major (Piano Performance, Jazz & Commercial Music), Psychology minor

Licenses & Certifications

Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), State of Colorado #1590

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), Rhode Island Department of Health #DA00318                                     

Certified Amma Therapist, New York College of Health Professions

Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl ABT), National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine #007372          

Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), State of New York #000785

Diplomate in Acupuncture (Dipl Ac), National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine #007372          

Certified Dietician-Nutritionist (CDN), State of New York, License #003782

Certified Natural Functional Medicine Practitioner, Gaeta Institute for Wholistic Health Education

Certified Instructor of Asian Bodywork Therapy (CI ABT), American Association for the Bodywork Therapies of Asia

Certified Practitioner of Asian Bodywork Therapy (CP ABT), American Association for the Bodywork Therapies of Asia

New York State License in Massage Therapy (LMT) #005652


Professional Memberships & Awards

Acupuncture Society of New York

  • President, 2000-2004; Vice-President, 1999-2000; Board of Directors, 1998-1999; Lifetime Professional Member 1996-present

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance    

  • Award: State Association of the Year, 2003

American Association of Oriental Medicine     

  • Award: State Acupuncture Organization President of the Year, 2002

American Botanical Council

  • Professional Member

Frequently Asked Questions

Clarity Regarding Health Consultations

Please note, these health consultations, in-person or by phone, assisted by email and your online patient portal, are not treatments for specific diseases and do not replace the care of a physician. This service and the advice given is for the sole purpose of supporting the body’s own capacity for healing and repair. Our aim is simply to help the body heal itself through the responsible use of natural treatments, diet, lifestyle, and food- and plant-based supplements. Michael’s method of wholistic care does not diagnose, cure or treat disease, but supports and encourages wellness, vitality, and resilience. His approach is compatible and works well with conventional treatments and other healing systems.

Cancellation Policy

Appointments must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance. If an appointment is canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice, and we are able to fill that appointment time, there will be no charge. If not, there will be no charge the first time. After that, the normal fee will be charged. If an appointment is forgotten (a patient does not come or call) there will be no charge the first time. After that, the normal fee will be charged.

How do I schedule my appointment?

Click here and choose an in-person (North Boulder) or virtual (phone or video) consultation.

New Service: Live & Dry Blood Analysis with Julie Formby, CN

Julie is a Certified Master Herbalist, Nutritional Consultant, Iridologist, and Biological Terrain Technician

Seeing is believing! Live & Dry Blood Analysis is a method used to get a picture of your health at a cellular level. With just one drop of blood from a finger prick, a multitude of lifestyle and environmental factors can be assessed, and solutions offered to support:

Cardiovascular health, Nutritional imbalances, Kidney, liver & bowel health, Adrenal health, Proper hydration at a cellular level, Cellular charge & vitality, Oxygenation, Digestion & assimilation of fats and proteins, Removal of parasites & fungus, Immune function

If there are issues or areas to address, Julie recommends re-checking the blood every four months, since that is the lifespan of a red blood cell. So four months later, you will have an entirely new set of red blood cells to check, among other aspects of your blood. Once your blood is AOK, then annual tests are good for maintenance.