Who We Are
“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
-Sir William Osler
Who We Serve
My aim is to help people struggling with a particular ailment to get better, or to help healthy people get healthier. I use ancient techniques: acupuncture, diet, herbs, exercise to fill in the gaps left by Western Medicine. I NEVER give up on a patient that wants to get better, and I’ll work with them until we get where we need to go.
Terrence benefits from an unusually diverse breadth of education: a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College, a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in Science and Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Medicine. This diverse training and life-long passion for learning affords Terrence a uniquely flexible approach to healthcare: one custom made to your particular desires and experiences.
Terrence has been teaching yoga and meditation for decades all over the world. These two ancient tools of physical and mental health have been profound gifts for him personally and professionally, and remain daily practices. Since returning to his native New York City in 2009, he has managed three yoga studios, completed thousands of hours of teacher trainings, and led several international retreats. Terrence hopes to continue teaching these precious gifts until the day he dies (hopefully many decades from now!). And so, Terrence created Blue Orchid Wellness as a natural evolution from his diverse training and practical experience to impact health care on a profound level.
Blue Orchid Wellness takes a 360 degree approach to your health. We believe it’s not enough to treat symptoms and alleviate pain; instead, we seek to find the causes of dis-ease and cut it out at the roots. Using the powerful tools of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to initiate a change, we then incorporate custom made diet and exercise programs to achieve long lasting results. We are committed to educating our patients to use these tools themselves, and explain what may be foreign concepts in a language you can understand. Ultimately, it is our goal to serve you in becoming fluent in the language of your body and realize your most vital self.
About Blue Orchid Wellness
I was specifically told by my mentor NOT to call this Blue Orchid Acupuncture. He said people want to relate to a PERSON, not an idea. He told me to call it Terrence Monte acupuncture. He was probably right, but I didn’t take his advice anyway. The reason is, I want to change the way we view healthcare, and medicine in general. I want to leave a legacy, so that when I’m dead someone else can pickup the torch and continue Blue Orchid. I want to leave wellness centers all over the U.S., and the world. Thus, Terrence Monte was too small to make that work (Yes, I know about Pilates. But I just didn’t want to make my name the thing).
So, my wife was telling me about Orchid children and Dandelion Children. Dandelion children can become healthy, happy adults in any kind of environment. Childhood trauma, disease, whatever, these kids are gonna grow up and be ok. ORchid children needed more attention, more care; they are more sensitive than Dandelion children, but given the right care they grow up to be beautiful orchids. I loved that idea about sensitivity and care. Additionally, acupuncture is often compared to tending a garden, where western medicine is more like a mechanic: you take your body into the shop and get whatever is broken repaired. So this metaphor of gardening combined with the Orchid children spoke to me.
The color Blue was chosen because there is a fundamental principle I use EVERY day in medicine called the 5 phases. It’s a huge philosophy, but essentially blue is the color for the Kidneys, for Wisdom, for Family, for Contemplation. These are the things we need to be fully present, happy, productive in this life. (Family is both blood and chosen family- you can’t go through this life alone). So Blue Orchid is the idea of caring for you as a WHOLE person, a person that doesn’t need something added to be whole, but rather a person that needs to be seen for who they are and cared for in the way they ask. My role is more gardener than mechanic.
Botanicals and other food sources that have been applied to healthcare since humans could eat. Herbs are customized to the person’s specific needs and regular follow ups ensure efficacy.