In 2001, at the age of 54, Jim Darling was offered early retirement from his job in the oil fields. He readily accepted the offer and used it as an opportunity to pursue the career of his dreams. He left his home in Alaska and moved to southern Washington so he could attend Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, Oregon.
Jim’s fascination with Oriental medicine began many years earlier when his family added acupuncture treatments to their health care regimen. They had such great results- such as pain-reduction, better diabetes management, less depression, and overall feelings of well-being- that he wanted to learn more. Eventually his curiosity developed into a desire to become an acupuncturist himself. He wanted to offer alternatives to medications and surgery to those who were seeking a more natural approach to healing so they could enjoy the same benefits his family had enjoyed.
Jim graduated from OCOM in 2007 with his Masters in Oriental Medicine. He practiced in Washington state for 13 years using acupuncture, cupping, trigger point release therapy, body balancing, and supplements to treat his patients. He loved being able to give them an alternative to pharmaceuticals for the pain, anxiety, and depression that many of them experienced, and loved seeing their health and well-being improve.
In the fall of 2019, Jim relocated to Batesville, Indiana to live near his daughters and join them in their practice at the Transformational Healing Center, Inc. His wisdom and skills are a great complement to their practice.