Jean-Rafael R. Heiz-Neri is a licensed acupuncturist who was born in Chicago; his father was French and his was mother Venezuelan. His diverse cultural background has given him the opportunity to apply a number of healing techniques from various cultures. JR no longer approaches medicine from a traditional or alternative view, rather his approach is complementary. He believes that health is a state of balance and disease. JR smiles when he witnesses his patients get better as a result of their own ability to acknowledge, feel and heal on their own.
His experience in Nanjing Hospital in China, in which he treated on average 300 patients a day, has greatly strengthened his skills as a practitioner. He has saw a lot of mild diseases and also rare, difficult diseases in which he, under the guidance of experienced native Chinese medical professionals including acupuncturists, medical doctors, naprapaths, and herbalists. With the volume of patients he treated and the knowledge from generations passed down, he has been able to acquire much more experience in a rather short period of time than the typical acupuncturist does here in the United States.