Before I pursued medicine, I embarked on a much more “traditional” career path. After graduating from Columbia University in New York City with a B.S. in Engineering and Management Systems, I worked for Ernst & Young, Thomson Financial, and other Wall Street firms as a strategy consultant and pharmaceutical compliance analyst. My previous work experience has been extremely beneficial as it has helped me to understand the unique pressures and stresses that many of my patients experience.
Then one day, I was involved in a horrific car accident which left me in a coma. Doctors informed my family that I had less than a 10% chance to survive. While I did eventually awaken, I was left completely immobile for three months and incurred severe injuries, including: 70% hearing loss in my right ear, loss of smell, severe migraines, and vertigo. Eventually the doctors here in the States said they’ve exhausted their options and could not help me anymore. Undeterred, I flew to Asia where I was treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine for several months. The results were nothing short of miraculous: my 70% hearing loss improved to a 15-20% loss (which eliminated the need for surgery), my migraines and vertigo were completely eliminated, and I was even able to jog again. If you saw me today your immediate thought would probably be, “Uh…What accident?”
After my recovery I returned to the daily grind of Wall Street, but was soon restless about my life. Surviving death was, quite literally, a “life changing” experience, and my goals and desires had changed. After much prayer and reflection, I decided to take a leap of faith and leave my business career to pursue a career in acupuncture and herbal medicine so that I could help people in the same way I was helped at my lowest point in life. I have not regretted the decision for a single day and am thankful that I am doing work that I love and that I know helps people.
God has also blessed me with an amazing wife and two great little dogs (Champy & Checkers). Thanks to my wife, my current endeavor in life is learning Latin Ballroom Dancing and the Hustle. Please pray for my stiff hips to move. Oh yeah, acupuncture works for that too!