Non-Profit and Public Activity Organizer
Samuel Wong was born and raised in Singapore. After completing his college education in 1962, he worked in Malaysia for almost two years before he came to United States to do his graduate work in religion at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). After getting his Master's degree, he returned to Singapore to work in a variety of jobs for one year and migrated to the United States in 1968. He continued his graduate study in sociology while working as a teacher in a women's college and obtained his doctorate in 1974.
Dr. Wong then worked as a research fellow/teacher in Howard University in Washington, DC, 1974-76; as a church executive in the United Methodist Church, 1976-81; and as a Federal employee in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1981-2004. He served as US Agricultural Trade Officer in Guangzhou, China 1999-2003.
Since leaving Government Service, Dr. Wong had taught Chinese language in the Diplomatic Language Service and Foreign Service Institute, served as a language tester, and authored two books A Diplomat in Guangzhou and A Chinese from Singapore (an autobiography).
In 2010, Dr. Wong began formal study of massage therapy in Northern Virginia Community College and graduated in August 2012, summa cum laude. He then studied Chinese massage (tuina) in China January-March 2013. In addition to his private and volunteer practices, he has completed writing the books Becoming a Massage Therapist at Age 70 and Intimate Witnesses: A Potpourri of Prayers, Poems and Prose, both due for publication in early 2015.
Dr. Wong is interested in using massage to treat chronic pain problems such as fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress disorder, shoulder and back pains. He enjoys blending Chinese and Western massage in treatment and advocates caring for caregivers as essential for caregivers' health and wellness. He believes wider use of massage therapy can reduce the cost of healthcare.
Dr. Wong is married with three adult children and four grandchildren. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife. He is a volunteer therapist at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC and a consulting therapist at the Lavender-Retreat Wellness Club, Lake Ridge, VA.