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Meet Jacqueline Yang of New England Integrative Medicine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Yang.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I studied at Boston College for my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry and then worked at Harvard Medical School, doing research on the development of the central nervous system. My background was in science research, but I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to be a different type of doctor, healing patients with food, herbs, homeopathy, and acupuncture. I received my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona and came back to New England to start my practice in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine. I started in Concord, NH and at an integrative center in the Back Bay, OMBE (One Mind Body Earth) Integrative Center. I then left OMBE and created New England Integrative Medicine with two locations, Salem, NH and the Back Bay in Boston, MA. My hopes are to provide Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine to more and more people in New England.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There were many challenges and obstacles along the way. When I first started, Naturopathic Medicine was not well known and I had to do much education and outreach. Now when I first meet someone and ask whether they know what a Naturopathic Doctor is, 99% of the time they do! Even other healthcare practitioners and medical doctors were unfamiliar with Naturopathic Medicine and Integrative Medicine. Now people tell me that their medical doctors are happy to hear they are working with a Naturopathic Doctor.

A big obstacle, which may no longer be the case, is providing this type of medicine to patients in Massachusetts. Naturopathic Doctors have been limited in what they can provide, but just this past January, Governor Baker signed a bill to license Naturopathic Doctors in Massachusetts. Tentatively, this will go in effect September. This will allow me to provide more for my Boston patients and may open other doors towards better healthcare for MA residents.

Please tell us about New England Integrative Medicine.
New England Integrative Medicine’s mission is to provide the best of Eastern and Western Medicines in an integrative approach to provide better healthcare for the individual. Our Naturopathic Doctors view the body as a whole, treating mind, body, and spirit.

We spend a lot of time finding the root cause of a person’s illness and work on restoring a person’s health rather than just looking at symptoms. One of the most important modalities we use is nutrition, looking at a person’s diet and determining what changes need to be made to help meet their health goals. Often there are foods that can be harmful, so a big part of my practice is to help determine any food allergies/sensitivities.

Other modalities include using supplements, herbs, homeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through our Salem office, we are able to order a variety of different tests, including basic bloodwork to more specialized testing (e.g. saliva testing, hormone testing, nutrient deficiency testing, genetic testing, and so on).

We specialize in chronic conditions, including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue and pain, mood disorders, as well as preventive care and men/women’s health.

I’m really proud of the team at New England Integrative Medicine. Our staff makes a point to know our patients and we work so well with each other. We go out of the way to make our patients feel comfortable and to make sure they are getting what they need.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Hard to pick just one, but I would say the one that sticks out the most is when I came home from school and was surprised with a little white fur ball, my first and only dog. We only had her for a short time, but she brought me so much joy and was my first experience with taking care of another living being. She was precious.

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