Shannon Chanler

Practitioner/Farmer

    Previous Work: In 2008, I initiated an Integrative Medicine program at Rochester General Hospital, treating patients in oncology, radiation, in the outpatient clinic as well as on the floors of the hospital. Patient’s family members and hospital staff also sought out treatment. The physicians referred patients for acupuncture, and to review other alternative therapies that the patients were engaging in. I taught qigong, meditation techniques, needled, cold lasered, and provided – with physician’s approval, herbal therapy. I believe it was some of the herbal therapy that was most frequently responsible to prolonging a patient’s life. This was particularly noticeable with the pancreatic cancer patients, as they had a shorter life expectancy than other cancer diagnosis. At times, the integrative medicine treatment was instructing the hospital kitchen how to make congee for a patient. Other times the treatment was guiding a chemo patient through a breathing method with a warm beanbag on their lap. (At the time, hospital staff was not allowed to provide patients with warm beanbags.) Acupuncture reduced symptoms for patients with chemotherapy induced neuropathy, so they could continue the medically necessary chemotherapy, which ordinarily would be stopped with the increased severity of neuropathy. Some of the benefits of this program, was the increase of patient contact hours, support for hospital staff, speeding patient recover time following treatment, and the creation of an art gallery with images of nature that inspire healing. 

     Current Activities: 

    I am managing a 238 acre farm that was my husband’s family’s farm since 1880’s. The farm is bordered to the west by the Genesee River and is located 1.5 miles south of SUNY Geneseo campus. The property, previously known to the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy, consists of wood lots, a gorge, river bank, farmed fields and pasture.  In the early to later 1900’s the farm was used for breeding horses and pastures were conventionally farmed. My husband, Oliver, told me stories of the tenant famers digging up American ginseng and selling it to market in the early 1900’s.  

    My acupuncture practice is located in a house on this farm. A portion of the stable has become an Ag (agricultural) kitchen and drying / processing area for herbs. 

    Three years ago, I started, what could be viewed as a legacy project, planting herbaceous perennials and trees that are familiar to East Asian herbal formulas. My goal is to have a demonstration of growing 75% of the plants common to Chinese Medicine formulas. Some of these medicinal plants, may be grown for production. 

    Farm and Acupuncture Programs: 

    We have been focusing on education, providing experiences for visitors, including SUNY Geneseo faculty and students, American Farmland Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the local community, and urban youth programs. We include- competitive dog mushing, 5K Run with the Horses Benefit, hiking guided by Trail Otter, and geological walks conducted by SUNY Geneseo Geological Dept. 

    We provide a venue for workshops such as: 

    Energy Medicine – 3 Day with Drs. Brian Dailey and Allyn Evans of The Monroe Institute.  

    Reiki and Biofield Energy – 3 Day Program.

    Kenneth Cohen – Qigong, Tea and Meditations. 

    American Farmland Trust – “Women Who Own Farms” programs. 

    American Farmland Trust- “Soil Conservation and Evaluations”. 

    SUNY Geneseo, Dept. of Sustainability, “How We Relate to Wholeness in the Garden”. October 2021.

    Psychoneuroimmunology program discussion following the RAoM program with Drs. Mark Nobel and David Burns, on the impact of our emotions and thoughts on our molecular self. (Coming Jan. ’22). 

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