My mom’s energy and overall health improved greatly by following their recommendations. Curious, I decided to go with my mom to her appointments to observe her doctors and learn more about their practices. To deepen my knowledge, I read extensively about alternative medicine and found the philosophy of naturopathic and Chinese medicine fascinating. Intrigued by these two systems of medicine, which embrace natural therapies that support the body without harsh side effects, I determined this was the career path for me. My new goal was to become a health care practitioner that spends time with her patients, teaches them how to eat and live better, and offers non-invasive therapies.
After researching different colleges with programs in alternative or natural health care, I ultimately attended two different colleges that gave me a great education. I graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) with a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine and from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) with a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine. As a holistic doctor in Dallas, I am licensed in Texas for acupuncture and in California for acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. I am also nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Since graduating from these colleges, I’ve had the opportunity to work in various clinical settings, including a cancer center, an American Indian health clinic, integrated clinics, and my own holistic medicine practice in Dallas.
Through this whole process I’ve experienced improvements in my own health from the care of naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists. It is important to me to maintain care on a regular basis. I also began to learn about nutritious foods, how these foods restore health, and how to prepare nourishing meals. My knowledge of nutrition expanded while studying naturopathic and Chinese medicine as I learned about the energetics of food, the importance of eating seasonally and how different foods affect health.
Through my ongoing journey, I continue to learn and it is of great importance for me to be an example of how holistic health care, a healthy diet, and exercise powerfully benefits one’s health.