I strongly believe that health is not an absence of disease. Rather, it is a process striving toward harmony, freedom, and resilience in handling the influx of stress in our lives. Therefore, health is not a static state but a dynamic process, which inherently varies from individual to individual. My goal as a doctor is supporting this process by offering individualized treatments and working as a team with my patients to restore our normal physiology. My approach is resolving dis-ease, working toward more balance in one’s being, and not in chasing symptoms, but treating the whole person, all in the least invasive way as possible.
Cultural and educational background
As a native Korean, I grew up in a rich culture of natural medicine and healing traditions, which have shaped my view of the body and diseases. I grew up rolling moxa (dried mugwort) with my grandmother, cooking herbs with mom, and watching my uncle insert acupuncture needles into his patients. These memories left deep imprints on me, which ultimately lead me to undertake this challenging, yet blissful journey to naturopathic and Chinese medicine in Portland, Oregon.
I completed a master’s degree in Women’s studies in Korea. During my undergraduate and master’s program, I was involved in the feminist movement and worked at non-profit organizations in Korea. These experiences had a great influence on my passion for trauma-informed care, women’s health, mental health as well as helping me understand the importance of being heard both on the individual and societal level in one’s healing journey.
What I offer
I work with patients with various concerns including
- Wellness and preventative medicine: Diet and nutrition, Screening exams, Stress management; Sleep issues
- Digestive health: Indigestion, bloating, heartburn, constipation, loose stools, food intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Women’s health (Women include those who are female-identified) and Transgender health: Annual exams, Sexual and reproductive health, pelvic pain, incontinence prolapse
- Mental health: Depression, anxiety, panic attack, trauma
- Chronic disease management: Chronic pain, headaches, migraines, allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid issues, diabetes
- Geriatric care
Tools that I use
I wholeheartedly believe that the human body is not just a sum of molecules, but a complex multilayered convergence of energy patterns that needs more than what conventional biomedicine can offer to achieve health. I am committed to integrate the science of biomedicine with the wisdom and art from both Western and Asian healing traditions.
- Classical Chinese Herbal medicine
- Worsley Five Element Acupuncture
- Non-insertive acupuncture
- Body work: Cranial sacral therapy, Myofascial release, Visceral manipulation, Shiatsu
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Homeopathy and Biotherapeutic drainage (UNDA)
- Nutrition therapy
- Injection: Perineural Injection Therapy ® (PIT: injection with buffered 5% of dextrose into cutaneous nerve branches to treat acute and chronic pain)
- Hydrotherapy and nature cure pharmaceutics
- Naturopathic doctorate and Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine (National University of Natural Medicine, Portland OR)
- Perineural Injection Therapy ® (PIT) training
- Pelvic Floor Therapy
- New England School of Homeopathy Worsley Five Element Acupuncture training
- MA in Women’s studies (Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, S. Korea)
- BA in Philosophy and Women’s studies (Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, S. Korea)
I enjoy playing piano and ukulele, yoga, walking in the woods, dancing, exploring the wondrous Pacific Northwest, sharing meals with loved ones, and watching cute animal videos.