I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. My family and I left Vietnam with the fall of Saigon in 1975.
We settled in the San Fernando Valley, and I attended Van Nuys High School.
I did my undergraduate work at the University of California at Riverside.I studied at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. I trained at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital to be a pediatrician.
I found my path back to osteopathy in my last training year in pediatrics when someone asked me for help. He was a young man who was rear-ended in a motor vehicle accident. His regular Kaiser doctor (MD) could not help him. He had been to physical therapy for a knee that was operated on three times. Range of motion exercises on this knee caused him tremendous pain and he did not want to go back (2yrs later he asked me for help on his knee
) . I treated him 3 times for his whiplash and got spectacular results, some that were expected and a few that were completely unexpected. I was perplexed, and was left scratching my head, thinking..."What happened during these visits, what did I do?"
I have a pediatric practice. In the second year in my office, adults started coming to see me and asking for help. I continued to get spectacular results.
Word of mouth spread my reputation and more people came to see me, some came from two counties out of town. I would tell all these adults, "You know that I'm a trained pediatrician, right?" They did not care. They heard and saw for themselves my results. I do not advertise and yet, treating adults with chronic pain is more than 50% of my work now. My week, at any given time, is booked w/ 10-15 adults, consistently.
Patients think that I am "amazing" or a "miracle worker," their words, not mine. I had another patient ask me if I "called up spirits" (I nearly fell out of my chair, when she asked). My Chinese patients think I am manipulating their chi (qi).
An MD once asked me why I did not learn acupuncture because it is generally accepted and known. My response is that I don't need to learn it. The way I understand it, the chi (qi) is blocked where physical strains intersect. Needles serve to divert chi, but it is only temporary. I release the physical strains and chi flows secondarily.