I was sitting in my neuroscience lab one day, and a post-doc told me about a clinical trial he was running in China using an herbal formula that was proving to be as effective as lithium but without the side effects. We were studying the neurobiology of bi-polar disorder, so this made quite an impact on me.
I knew right then and there that I was going to shift gears.
I resigned from my Ph.D. candidacy in neurobiology at CUNY, headed to San Francisco for 4 years and completed a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and have been practicing since here in NYC.
When I came back to New York, I started my own private practice and have been honored and humbled by being able to help many people across many very different walks of life. There is little worse than feeling ill – and being able to help people feel healthy again is as rewarding as it gets.
I am also part of a pioneering Integrative Medicine program at Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC) – where acupuncture is offered in-patient at the hospital on 16th Street.
I still keep close tabs on Western science as a medical writer & scientific director at a medical education firm. I write & manage disease education programs for physicians and patients across a wide range of disease states. Used appropriately, East & West can perfectly complement each other.
In 2012 and 2013 I was privileged to lecture at IPS (the American Psychiatric Association conference for clinicians) and at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM), respectively, about the neurophysiology of pain & addiction and the treatment of both with TCM. The topic illustrates the exciting intersection of neuroscience, TCM and integrative medicine. A paper on the same was published in 2013 Spring edition of CJOM.
My combined medical & science background spans over 18 years – and I definitely use all modalities available to me to give my patients the most comprehensive care.
Just to round out your information seeking:
- I also hold a BS in neurobiology & a BA in cognitive psychology, both from Columbia University
- I am a qualified practitioner of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM
- I am a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, trained in the NADA protocol
- I maintain active volunteering schedule & if you are affiliated with an organization that helps inner city children that may need acupuncture or nutritional education – please do contact me about donating my time