Today we’d like to introduce you to Melida Gonzalez.
Melida, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Since a young age, I always knew that I wanted to get into the medical field and help people. I’ve always been interested in health and human physiology. After finishing high school in Ensenada, Mexico (my hometown) I moved to San Diego in 2003 with the intention of getting a Medical Degree. While in College I started to question myself if I really wanted go towards the path of Western Medicine. Here’s when I realized that there where 2 different worlds in the Medical field, there is the Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine, I realized that I believed more in the philosophy of Holistic & Alternative medicine. After 2 years in college I applied right away to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and fell in love with my career. I realized that being a practitioner of Holistic Medicine isn’t just about treating diseases with prescription drugs, but about treating the body, mind and spirit and creating a sense of wellness and healing for the patient. I finished my Masters in Science of Traditional Chinese Medicine and started practicing right away in Ensenada in 2010 while studying for the Board Exam. I became Licensed in 2011 and finally found the right place at my current location in Bankers Hill. I am in love with my career and still feel amazed every day that I get to see what Alternative medicine can achieve with my patients.
Has it been a smooth road?
Moving to a different country on my own, learning the language, getting used to a new culture, being away from my family, I was so busy with school and work that I didn’t get to see them sometimes in 2-3 months. It was also a challenge to learn everything in English. All the Medical terms, Human Anatomy, Biology, and Chemistry classes I knew only in Spanish. Every time I studied or read a book I needed to have a Dictionary on hand and a notebook to write and learn all the words and terms that I didn’t understand, and while doing my Masters I also had to learn the Chinese names (Pin Yin) of all the herbs and formulas. It was hard but I loved it so much that I enjoyed every part of the struggle.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a Licensed Acupuncturist in San Diego, California. I’ve been in practice since 2010, I specialize in Pain Management, women’s health including: OB/GYN diseases and conditions, Menopause and Infertility, Emotional problems, Autoimmune diseases and Musculoskeletal disorders including low back pain, neck pain, headache, and migraines. I see herbal medicine as an important resource for restoring one’s health, and I utilize herbal prescriptions in conjunction with acupuncture and nutrition to balance the body from within.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?Since I started to learn about this medicine in 2006 till today I’ve seen so much change in society about Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine. Today more people are familiar with this type of Medicine and come to see me to help them with pain or other conditions that haven’t respond well with Conventional Medicine. Insurance companies are also adding Acupuncture as part of their benefits. This makes sense, since Alternative care can reduce Health care costs by reducing the need and demand for Medical Services.
My plans for the future include opening an Integrative Clinic and work together with other practitioners that specialized in Holistic and Alternative medicine such as Naturopathy, Chiropractor, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, Functional Blood Chemistry, etc.
- Initial Consultation (90 mins) – $125
- Follow up treatment (60-70 mins) – $75
- Cupping (30-45 mins) – $45
- Acupuncture + 30 mins Massage – $115
- Herbal Consultation – $25 (plus the price of herbs)
- Facial Acupuncture – $95-$115
- Address: 3320 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
- Website: www.melida-acupuncture.com
- Phone: 619-253-7884
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acu.melida/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelidaAcu/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/melida-acupuncture-san-diego
- Other: https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&hl=en-us&q=Melida+Acupuncture&ludocid=1826512578599769148&kgs=48542dd5680b9529&shndl=-1&source=sh/x/kp/local&entrypoint=sh/x/kp/local#fpstate=lie