My dual proficiency and passion for Western and Eastern approaches to medicine began with my intrepid grandmother, who came from Portugal in the 1920s to lead Brazilian nursing practice at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Fascinated by her forward-thinking and dedication to the service of others, I followed in her footsteps and began my education at the same place where she taught.
Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, my father was steadfast in recommending I give back to the community that had provided me with the opportunity to study medicine, and for almost one year, I lived with the Bororo’s, an indigenous people of Brazil, in the forest.
While the school had taught me cutting-edge technology and novel approaches to maladies, in the bare bones society I first practiced in, I learned to adapt with limited tools and also to respect traditional approaches of the native population to usher in my Western medicine in a more ingratiating and effective manner. From this experience, I have always taken a holistic view of treatment for patients as it is essential for well-being that the trusted participation of the patient be of paramount importance to the practitioner.
When my mother became stricken with stage 4 lung cancer in 2009, she endured a battery of testing, chemotherapy, medications, and all the treatments Western-style medicine could provide. What gave her the best comfort was acupuncture. With 20 years of practice in Western medicine, I decided to enter a Ph.D. program in acupuncture, not as a replacement of what my experience taught me, but to buttress and supplement the available treatments I had in my arsenal to fight against the debilitating side effects of cancer treatments. What I have learned, and continue to strive to learn more about, while practicing preventative care at New York Heart and Vascular Specialists, What I have learned, and continue to strive to learn more about,
What I have learned, and continue to strive and continue to strive to learn more about, while practicing preventative care at New York Heart and Vascular Specialists, surgical care at Lenox Hill hospital and Brooklyn hospital in New York City, and as a private Acupuncturist, is that the best outcomes for patients of all diagnoses come when Western methodology and technology partner with Eastern thought and practice to provide genuinely novel and holistic approaches.