I have always been drawn to different healing modalities. During my undergraduate work, I was interested in becoming a Physical Therapist. I chose an area of study in which we learned about the promotion of mobility, ability, and quality of life through examination, evaluation, assessment, and physical intervention. We learned special tests that allowed us to assess injuries and choose proper rehabilitation strategies. Additionally, I spent three and a half years working as a Personal Trainer, during which I learned more about the body and training it for ideal performance.
My interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) began when I read the Mayo Clinic's Book of Alternative Medicine shortly after completing my undergraduate degree. Through a series of events, I found myself at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). During the 11-semester program, I interned in the on-campus clinic, an off-site Senior's clinic, and spent two semesters at Rady Children's Hospital working with the children in the hematology, oncology, and chronic pain departments. It was both a humbling and beautiful experience to see how Acupuncture could immediately and dramatically improve the level of comfort and quality of life of my patients.
I believe that a well-rounded, healthy life is not limited to simply "proper diet and exercise". Health is maintained through adequate nutrition; invigorating physical activity; mental stimulation; emotional processing, support, and intimacy; and caring for one's body through modalities such a Massage, Chiropractic, and Acupuncture.