Practice type: Private
Specialties: Digestive conditions, emotional health, general wellness, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Five Element acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
As a patient of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I experienced significant transformations both physically and emotionally. After suffering for years with conditions I had come to believe were unchangeable, I was amazed by the degree to which acupuncture and herbs were able to improve my health and enhance my life. My experience left me completely enamored and in awe of Chinese medicine. I knew I needed to learn everything I could about this amazing medicine and share its capacity for dramatic but gentle healing with every person I possibly could. That realization led me on my journey to becoming an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
My approach to treatment is organic and adaptable, emerging out of my interaction with a particular patient and the health concerns or conditions being addressed. I believe that each patient is unique, with needs and circumstances that are specific to his or her individual situation. We are diverse, dynamic creatures in a constant state of evolution and flux. I believe a model of healthcare that is equally dynamic and free from orthodoxy is essential for stimulating the body’s own innate capacity for healing and bringing about long-lasting transformation. To this end, I draw upon multiple traditions within the field of Chinese medicine, tailoring each treatment to the individual patient and merging styles when necessary, rather than strictly adhering to one particular tradition or approach to treatment.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love watching patients realize they don’t have to feel sick or tired or live in constant pain. I love when patients realize that they can feel better, that their health can improve, and that feeling good is possible. A lot of people live with health concerns or conditions to which they have simply become accustomed, perhaps believing their particular problem or issue is permanent and unchangeable. Even a single acupuncture treatment can help these patients understand the possibilities for improved health and well being. I love helping my patients understand that being healthy and feeling good is their right, that they don’t have to resign themselves to a life of permanent and constant discomfort or pain, and that their bodies want to be healthy and are inherently capable of healing.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it doesn’t work because we don’t understand how it works. I have seen amazing transformations and healing occur through the application of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and I have experienced the transformative power of this medicine myself. We might not be able to identify or describe the exact mechanism responsible for acupuncture’s effects, but that does not negate its capacity to heal.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I try to maintain balance in my life on a daily basis. I strive to eat well, sleep well, exercise often, and have as much fun as possible. Being in nature energizes and inspires me, and I strive to make contact with the natural world every day. I read as often as I can whatever I can get my hands on, laugh frequently, rest when necessary, and surround myself with an amazing, supportive community of family and friends. And I strive to invoke gratitude daily.
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