My Journey to Chinese Medicine
Ten years ago, I became interested in Acupuncture through personal experience. I was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the second metatarsal of my left foot. I was told I needed to wear a walking boot for three weeks to allow the fracture to heal. However, several more weeks and then months went by and I still could not walk without pain. At this point, the doctor recommended surgery in which he would remove 3mm of the bone in the center and staple the two ends back together. He then provided a written document outlining all the possible negative outcomes. These included: infection; over-correction; under-correction; non-resolution of the problem; return of the problem; nerve injury; delayed union (of the bone), transfer issues (which might shift the problem to an adjacent metatarsal) and further surgery. In addition, the post operative course would involve swelling and pain for three to six months, but possibly up to a year after the surgery. I felt strongly that there had to be another way. After getting a second opinion and starting physical therapy with limited success, a friend suggested that I try acupuncture and after about 6 acupuncture treatments, I was walking almost pain free and now years later I continue to be able to walk pain free.
I earned my Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago with academic honors in 2015. This four year intensive program involved over 2600 hours of classroom and practical instruction and over 1000 hours of clinical observation and hands on treatments. As a senior intern, I also treated patients at the Chicago Women's Health Center. During my tenure in school, I was the winner of the national nuherbs scholarship for 2013. After graduation, I spent three months volunteering at an integrative health care clinic in rural Nepal treating up to 28 patients per day with community style acupuncture and Chinese herbs. You can read about my adventures in Nepal here.
Beyond my Master's degree and ongoing clinical experience, I am currently an Assistant to the Academic Deans and instructor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. I have also completed the following courses and seminars: Dr. Richard Tan Balance Method; Acupuncture Without Borders: Community Trauma Training.
In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, I am a Certified Wellness Coach and an NCCA accredited ACTION Certified Personal Trainer. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.
In my prior life, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Purdue University. Afterwards, I had a successful career in Human Resources and Business Operations where I worked for both large and small companies before realizing that I wanted to shift to a career focused on health and wellness that enabled me to work more directly with helping people on a one on one basis or in small groups.
In my free time I enjoy healthy cooking, traveling, photography, hiking, biking and kayaking.
Photo Credits (from top down): Top Banner: Annapurna, Nepal Sunrise (October 2015): Dave Frech; Sagarmartha National Park, Nepal (November 2015): by Bishnu (my trekking guide); Dave in Clinic (January 2016): by Jerry Mazzolini; Diplomas and License: Dave Frech
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