Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Post college, I spent seven years in the finance industry. As the years progressed I felt the stress, lack of balance, and dispassion in my work take a toll on my body. I decided to take an extensive break, travel South America and Africa, and search for a change that would feed my passion to truly help others. During my time in Africa, I volunteered at a school where the children were always sick; receiving proper healthcare was an enormous struggle. Upon returning, I met an acupuncturist who inspired me to make the scary switch from the corporate world to a healthcare entrepreneur. I find great passion educating my patients about TCM and helping them reach their wellness goals.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I am a teacher and a listener. I want to educate and empower my patients to make their own wellness goals and to guide them in the direction of making better lifestyle choices. My practice is rooted in the wisdom of Chinese medicine but is adapted to the needs of the modern individual. I approach each patient by analyzing both perspectives—Eastern and Western.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Being an acupuncturist is so rewarding. I enjoy meeting new people of all different walks of life and then having the opportunity to introduce and educate about this special medicine. I love being a part of my patients’ healing journey and to see their transformation.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
When someone says, “I don’t need acupuncture.” Everyone can benefit from acupuncture and that’s why I enjoy educating people about Chinese medicine. It is a proactive form of medicine for the body and the spirit.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
A balanced lifestyle is key, but I know first-hand it’s not always easy. Spending time in nature running, hiking, or camping feeds my soul and keeps me grounded. I also make a conscious effort to eat nutritiously, spend quality time with friends and family, smile and laugh, and get regular acupuncture.
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