Ji-Hye is a licensed Acupuncturist, with a board-certified diploma in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She received a Masters in Science in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. Her clinical training includes the Pacific College Acupuncture Clinic, St. Vincent HIV/AIDS Center and Fortune Society. She also holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in Biology from St. Johnâ€™s University in New York.
Ji-Hye also has worked in health-related non-profit and community organizations and became well aware of health care issues and needs in the New York. Growing up in and working for the immigrant community, she has witnessed many immigrants fail to get basic treatments due to economic, cultural and language barriers and also due to deep-rooted issues in the health care system.
She has always wanted to combine her educational background and training in acupuncture with a career in public health and community activism. She hopes to bring the many benefits of acupuncture to the community, especially to help low-income, immigrant and other minority groups. In pursuit of this goal, she is thrilled to join the Third Root Community Health Center.
â€œI always have been interested in â€œstress-related illnesses,â€ including headaches, insomnia, digestive disorders, auto-immune disorders, depression and anxiety. According to many studies, these illnesses can be caused or worsened by prolonged and/or poor management of stress. Acupuncture is one of the most effective ways to combat these stress-related illnesses by relieving pain, improving sleep, providing relaxation, and strengthening the immune system.
Unfortunately, most acupuncture treatments havenâ€™t been very accessible to people, especially for the uninsured, low-income people, immigrants and minority group. Because of structural obstacles barring access to health care, many of these community members have been denied effective preventative care, like acupuncture, that would help keep their illnesses from becoming debilitating. At Third Root, I am very excited to work closely with the community to help reduce and manage stress-related illnesses, and promote better health and social justice as a result.â€