Vinny Minichiello grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts, and completed undergraduate degrees in Biology and East Asian Studies from Boston University. After college, he studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture before beginning medical school at the University of Massachusetts. Vinnie is passionate about integrative medicine. As a medical student he participated in a exchange program with three hospitals in China, where he spent time with physicians who were integrating Western medicine and traditional Eastern medicine in the hospital setting. He then brought this knowledge back to the UMass Cancer Center where he co-founded the Integrative Oncology Initiative, a student-run mind-body medicine group that meets weekly to teach deep breathing exercises, tai chi, restorative yoga, and guided imagery to cancer patients, family members, interested cancer center staff, and medical students. In addition, he completed the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation and studied Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy in Augusta, ME. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and served during college and medical school as a volunteer and free-lance interpreter. In his free time, Vinnie’s hobbies include piano, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi.