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Category: Student, Faculty, Alumni Spotlights

July 14, 2022

Student Spotlight: Summer Self-Care with Sarah Siegel

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Summer is in full swing, with warm and sunny weather, outdoor events, and lots of opportunities to be outside connecting with friends, family, and community. In the Bay Area, we are so lucky to have such beautiful weather, especially during summer, that you can’t help but smile! When we think about summer, our AIMC community and students think about Five Element Theory, and how summer is represented by fire.

We were lucky enough to connect with one of our current students, Sarah Siegel, whose work with her “With the Seasons” Instagram explores the art of seasonal living, narrative medicine, and inspiring people to connect with the Five Elements. Seasonal living for our health is rooted in indigenous values and East Asian medicine wisdom. Seasonal …

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February 2, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Erin Langley, LAc. of Ancestral Acupuncture

"We used to know each other based on our relationships– with people and with lands; it’s a new phenomenon not to center these things in introductions and interactions."

One of the gifts of becoming an Acupuncturist is the capacity to build your dream practice, and in Erin Langley’s case, she’s done that quite literally. Dreams, the spirits of the body and the lands, and ancestral connections are all fundamental pieces of how she practices and connects with East Asian medicine.

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December 20, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc.

When we are truly being our higher self we are beautiful, beauty isn’t about what we actually look like at all, in essence it’s more of a verb – it’s who we are being.

Meet Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc., an Alumni of AIMC Berkeley. She has a thriving practice in Marin focused on Facial Acupuncture & spiritual development. She recently founded the Integrative Healing Institute, a non-profit focused on providing high-quality continuing education courses.

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December 10, 2021

Community Care Zine, Winter 2021

Practical applications of East Asian Medicine for life beyond the treatment room.

This Zine serves as a bridge that connects East Asian Medicine traditions with your daily life practices – so that we may all find the way to health and happiness[…]May the offerings within these pages enrich and inspire you to align yourself with the nature and medicine that we hold so dear.

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November 29, 2021

Acupuncture is Activism: Updated Zine by Maya Z.

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A look at the activist movement to bring healthcare & healing to the BIPOC community in the U.S.

Read this interactive zine to be more informed about discrimination & racism in healthcare. Learn how the Black Panther Party and other activists fought for public health initiatives in the 1960’s and 1970’s and what that has to do with the history of Acupuncture in the U.S.

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October 5, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Sapho

"I’m seeing more and more that we must heal as a community, our pain isn’t independent of each other."

Are you wanting to learn more about acupuncture and Integrative medicine? Learn more about how our school changed Sapho’s life and what they’re doing now.

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September 1, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Erin Wilkins

Erin’s story of success as an herb shop owner and acupuncturist brings to light the creative potential and personal transformation possible with a career in East Asian Medicine.

Explore Erin’s journey as an Asian American herbalist and acupuncturist. We love learning about the personal and transformative journey her career has taken into showcasing her identity as an Asian American practicing traditional East Asian medicine. You can learn more about her herbal shop and her experiences with AIMC. Read more!

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July 19, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Karen Villanueva, DAIM, LAc.

From registered nurse to pediatric acupuncturist & non-profit founder

“When people come to us for help, they may not necessarily be their best selves, so how do we meet them where they are and do something that’s really with them, and not for them or in spite of them… that relationship is really a sacred one. I’m not doing anything for you, I’m just with you– I’ve had my own journey, and I can share with you my experience and I can share with you my experience with other people, and then together we get to figure out what works best for you.”

 

The “Reluctant” Healer

Before starting Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine school, Karen Villanueva was a nurse for over 20 years; she worked in the ER, ICU, prison system, and even at the ballpark. …

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April 26, 2021

Ear Seeds for Racial Health Justice

Student volunteers use ear seeds to provide care at the Sankofa Market in Sacramento

Disparities in Healthcare

Of the many things brought to light during the Covid pandemic, U.S. healthcare disparities are among the most disheartening. The virus has made visible the vast inequities that plague our healthcare system, as well as the many other contributing factors that manifest in poor health outcomes that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and Latino populations.

Racial and ethnic disparities in the healthcare setting gives rise to serious moral and ethical dilemmas – healthcare is simply not available equally to all segments of the population in the United States.

According to CDC data, Indigenous Americans have suffered the highest death rates from the pandemic with 1 out of every 390 people (total population) dying from Covid. One in 555 Black Americans have died, and 1 in 665 …

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November 23, 2020

What’s It Like to Be a Clinic Intern Practitioner at AIMC?

Curious about what it’s like to work in our student clinic? Use this blog as your resource!

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