Who We Are

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“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.

Tools of The Trade

Acupuncture

Cupping

Gua Sha

Meet Terrence

Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Terrence received his B.S. from Lafayette College. However, it was not long until he went back to academic life, this time to the University of Iowa, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Performance. Although seemingly opposite modalities of study, they are, in fact, both designed to teach how things function; engineering teaches how things function in the world, acting teaches how the world functions in us. It is precisely these interests that propelled Terrence down the path of Chinese Medicine and Yoga.

Since returning to New York City in 2009, Terrence has managed two different yoga studios, completed 10 different teacher trainings in areas varying from Forrest Yoga to Meditation Training, and has led several international retreats. He has taught yoga and meditation for the last 18 years and hopes to continue teaching until he physically cannot. He was previously the Area Managing Teacher of Pure Yoga before he decided to pursue a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Terrence’s classes are open to ALL practitioners as he believes that yoga is for every body. The classes feature music, humor, and challenging asana with the goal of allowing each person to achieve a greater understanding of him/herself, and consequently a greater understanding of the world. He firmly believes the true practice of yoga is uniting the small boundary between humanity and divinity. Both can be interesting in and of themselves, but the true magic occurs where the two combine (on and off the mat).

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.

针灸

Acupuncture

This healing modality has been practiced and refined for millenia to bring powerful healthcare to any body. 

瑜伽

Yoga

A movement system designed to facilitate whole being health- working not just on muscles and bones, but breath and soul.  Sessions are customized to your desires.

草藥

Herbal Medicine

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.