Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Anxiety, autoimmune conditions, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I became an acupuncture physician because I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself with the proper stimulation. My fascination with acupuncture began when I was completely healed of a gallbladder problem in 1990. Western medicine wanted to remove my barely functioning organ. I turned to acupuncture and herbal medicine. Twenty-five years later, my gallbladder remains healthy and intact.
In 1994, after breastfeeding my son, I had difficulty maintaining a regular monthly cycle. Western medical doctors wanted to remove my uterus. Again, I turned to acupuncture. Within a few sessions, my body was balanced and my natural flow was stabilized. Thankfully, I still have my uterus.
After 10 years of working as a deep-tissue massage therapist, my wrists were suffering from repetitive strain. Once again, I turned to acupuncture, and my body was stimulated into healing itself from the inside out. I am a living example of acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating many kinds of problems without Western drugs or surgeries. Because of acupuncture, I have a gallbladder, a uterus, and pain-free hands. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to share this healing science with others.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I have been told that I have a great bedside manner. That’s probably due to my 20 years as a massage therapist. My style of needling is hands-on. One of my mentors, an old-school Chinese man who has practiced for 40 years, told me that he never touches anyone with anything but a cotton ball. I’ve never been able to work that way. I feel the points with my bare hands and hold the joint (elbow, knee, finger, etc.) while I move it around and test the mobility.
My residency on a stroke ward in China gave me a perspective of the nervous system that you can’t get here in America. They start acupuncture immediately after a stroke to begin re-educating the nerves. Here, people will show up maybe a year later, after exhausting all other types of Western medicine. As a holistic primary care physician, I treat all kinds of conditions. Patients come to my office for muscle strains and sprains, common colds, headaches, women’s health issues, anxiety, liver problems, addictions, weight loss, smoking cessation, and fibromyalgia.
The big difference between me and other acupuncturists is that I make house calls. I am also one of the few people in my area who will work on evenings and weekends.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love helping people, and I like getting results. Acupuncture works. Not for everyone, every time, but enough of the time that it’s rewarding. I also enjoy watching patients’ energies change and improve over time. I feel good about making a positive difference in people’s lives.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Some people fear needles and are afraid that acupuncture will hurt. In my experience, acupuncture feels wonderful!
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
In my own life, I enjoy doing qigong, an Asian healing art that includes breathing techniques and gentle flowing movements that restore health to the body. I savor time spent in the natural world. I take long walks on the beach and in the woods. I find that it is very healing to slow down, take deep breaths, and make time to smell the roses.
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