Fr. Konstantine Eleftherakis stems from the Philadelphia area, spending his early years in Upper Darby, PA. He has had a fruitful yet varied academic journey. He studied Fine Arts at Tyler School of Art (Temple University), earning a B.F.A. with a concentration in painting and drawing. Fr. Konstantine proceeded to study Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, MA, earning an M.Div, and eventually being ordained an Eastern Orthodox priest in January 2005.
He has served for over 16 years as an Eastern Orthodox Priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and is the current parish priest of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Scranton, PA, where he has served for over ten years. He and his wife of 20 years are the parents of seven children ranging from the ages of 19-1 years old.
Since childhood, Fr. Konstantine has had a great love and respect for Asian culture, which led to an interest in Chinese medicine during his teenage years. Although his interest waned, it was rekindled in 2013 while studying Chinese martial arts (Xing Yi Quan) and during a short-lived PhD program. During his research, Father came across ancient Chinese medical texts that provided some hope amidst a long struggle with a chronic illness that at the time remained unrelieved and undiagnosed by conventional allopathic medicine. His search for answers and healing eventually led him to successful treatment with acupuncture, and more specifically, Chinese herbs. This was an impetus that pushed him to go back to graduate school for a second time to study Chinese Medicine at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mineola, New York. After four years, Fr. Konstantine earned a Master of Science in Health Science/Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2019. Recently, he was featured on the Holistic Christian Life podcast where he discussed the use of Chinese Medicine by Orthodox Christians for health and well being.
Fr. Konstantine is a Pennsylvania licensed and national board certified Practitioner of East Asian Medicine (L.OM., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®) and a member in good standing of the Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania. His main clinical interest lies in the use of classical Chinese herbal formulas in the treating of chronic illnesses, as well as the study of classical texts for modern medical use.
ATHOS Wellness (Acupuncture & Therapeutic Herbology Of Scranton), Fr. Konstantine’s budding Chinese Medicine practice, serves to assist in the continued physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the local community in North East Pennsylvania.
- Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (N.C.C.A.O.M)
- Licensed Practicioner of Oriental Medicine (L.OM.)
- Master of Science in Health Science/Traditional Chinese Medicine (M.S)
- Master of Divinity (M.Div)