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A Lifelong Passion for Acupuncture

May 31, 2024 01:01PM ● By Lisa Marlene

It has been nearly a year since Yaroslav Pererva, an acupuncture physician who graduated as a medical doctor from Pacific State Medical University in Vladivostok, Russia, joined the staff at Lotus Blossom Clinic in Fort Myers. He remembers his arrival in August 2017 very well, as Hurricane Irma, a Category 5, followed the next month. Born into a family of doctors in Russia and raised in a healing, medical environment, Pererva now has his heart set on helping people in Southwest Florida with the skills and knowledge he gained while getting his master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, as well as his continuing research in integrative medicine.

A resident of Fort Myers, Pererva explains that from a very young age he was interested in acupuncture, and his father was his role model. “My father was a doctor who practiced Western Medicine and the best of Eastern Medicine in Russia. He co-founded an entire acupuncture department, and through him, I was introduced to many Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners from China who worked in his clinic. I learned from them in the classes they offered. At my university in Russia, I took courses in TCM. My father has since resigned from his position but is still revered and consulted.”

Pererva continues a favorite childhood pastime he shared with his grandfather, another role model. “I love gardening. My grandfather was always teaching me how to enhance the soil, which he believed was the treasure-trove of mankind. I cannot live without putting my hands in the soil and planting some crops, even from simple ones to complex ones,” he says.

As much as digging in the soil, Pererva relishes digging into doing research. “Research and educating myself with what I learn from it is such a way of life for me that I consider it much more than a hobby. If I'm not working, I’m researching, studying, or gardening. I want to eventually publish my findings so now I am doing my own private research, collecting what I’ve learned, and doing the statistics. When the time comes, I want everyone to learn about how to live a long and healthy life, which is what my research is about.”

From a city in Russia near the sea, Pererva is a diver who understands the value of the latest addition to Lotus Blossom’s Clinic, the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “We not only used the chamber for divers but also as a supportive treatment plan to help with other issues. We also had an introduction to hyperbaric chambers in medical school.”

Pererva’s Optional Practice Training program through the Acupuncture and Massage College of Miami, where he received his diploma in acupuncture, ends on June 2. Originally how he found Lotus Blossom Clinic, which was looking for a new acupuncturist, he has applied for an extension so that he can remain with the clinic and continue enhancing his abilities.

Lotus Blossom Clinic is located at 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, in Fort Myers. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-277-1399. Visit

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