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Japan Center East Hosts Eastern Health Seminar

Acupuncture, Reiki and other alternative health topics are the focus of a seminar offered by East Carolina University’s Japan Center East.

The program, “Wellness Japan,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2, at ECU’s School of Nursing, Room 1102, in the Allied Health Sciences Building.

“The program is designed to educate people to become more health conscious by introducing them to contemporary and traditional Japanese methods of wellness,” said Chikako Massey, interim director of Japan Center East.

Experts in the fields of acupuncture, Reiki, Shiatsu acupressure, karate, and power eating will present information and demonstrations.

Mark Stebnicki, an ECU rehabilitation studies professor, will discuss Reiki. In addition to his work in the School of Allied Health, Stebnicki is a Reiki Level I Practitioner and has had basic and intermediate training as a Shamanic counselor through the Institute of Shamanic Studies.

Delores Harris will discuss Shiatsu massage. She is founder and owner of Alternative Healthcare in Greenville. She is nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the state of N.C. as a massage and bodywork therapist.

Rie Ishida will discuss Japanese power eating and Natto, fermented soybean curd from Japan. Ishida is a native of Hiroshima, Japan and has been a professional chef since 1995. She is the chef for the annual Taste of Japan in Greenville.

William White will discuss karate. White has been teaching and practicing martial arts, including karate and Kobudo since 1994. He had taught Shorinji-Ryu Karate at the Bushido Martial Arts Center, and now teaches karate in Greenville and New Bern.

Jeffery Pierce, M.D., will discuss acupuncture. Pierce is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the ECU Brody School of Medicine. Pierce completed his training in medical acupuncture in 2002 and obtained board certification in medical acupuncture in 2005.

For information, contact Massey at or 737-1352, or visit

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 6, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at