My interest in integrative medicine started at a young age. I was born and raised in Colorado, and have my mom to thank for healthy cooking and food co-ops. Natural healing came intuitively to me. Before going to medical school, I looked into all kinds of options – including acupuncture and naturopathic medicine.
But ultimately, I decided that an osteopathic medical education would give me the best foundation to help others. I am thankful for that education, which gave me a more balanced approach. I also have a deep appreciation for my fellow physicians who provide acute and specialty care. They are friends and colleagues, and despite a sometimes different approach, they are working to help others just as I do.
Integrative medicine seeks to utilize the best of conventional and alternative modalities. Andrew Weil M.D. was one of the pioneers of integrative medicine, and founded the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson. I read all of his book before going to medical school, and had the chance to spend a month at his program during my residency training.
You can read more about integrative medicine at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, formally known as National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine).