Julie knew early on that she wanted to practice medicine. After five years of working in clinical research and surgical oncology at the University of Florida, she realized fixing something that was already broken was not as gratifying as proactive care. It was during an adventurous two year trip across India and SE Asia that she discovered the power of medicinal herbs, and ultimately, alternative medicine.
The idea that the human body is connected to, a part of, and subject to the laws of the natural world resonated. While she completed her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at ACTCM in San Francisco in 2007, she appreciates the field is one requiring lifelong study. She currently splits her time between her Mission-based private practice and her role as acupuncturist at an integrated outpatient clinic in Foster City.
While her years of riding motorcycles down the dirt roads of far-flung foreign countries are well behind her, Julie still loves the great outdoors. She hikes the Bay Area's endless trails as far as her chihuahua's little legs allow, takes an annual swim in the cold waters of the Yuba River every summer, and never says no to a trip to the beach.
"My regular sessions with Julie have helped my to manage my daily work and life stress, plus I was finally able to quit smoking. Additionally, I lost over 20 lbs with a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and Julie's advice on nutrition.
"I went to acupuncture for a persistent skin condition that markedly improved for the first time in years following a handful of treatments. I also felt my overall health and well being benefited from the sessions.
"Julie has helped me gain control over my anxiety and depression with better success than any of the Western methods I've tried. I feel Julie listens and provides a safe and accepting atmosphere and takes a personal interest in providing help.
"It worked! Saw Julie one time for insomnia - I kept waking nightly with my thoughts racing. She gave me ear seeds and told me to squeeze them tightly and take three deep breaths. Amazing, I was able to sleep almost immediately.
"My treatments at Bu Tong are very helpful for my overall health and well-being. I have been getting acupuncture with Julie for stress relief, sinus and digestive issues for the past couple of years and I find my body stronger. I highly recommend Bu Tong Acupuncture.