In Yu, MAcOM 2007, DAOM 2010, LAc has one of the most brilliantly infectious smiles. During her childhood near Seoul, Korea, Yu’s mother always sought treatment from an acupuncturist or herbal practitioner at the first sign of common cold, stomach ache, etc. From a young age, Yu saw positive results from such visits. Newly arrived in the U.S. at the age of 19 years, she never forgot those lessons. She focused on pre-med and chemistry while at Portland State University, but then chose the path of Chinese medicine. The decision to immediately pursue her doctorate was an easy one.

“I wanted to get my schooling out of the way before my practice got too busy.” She smiles again. Currently, Yu most often treats pain. “As the practice builds, I want to focus on internal medicine,” she emphasizes, “and OCOM has been one of the most influential factors in my life. I enjoy my doctoral studies, and OCOM gave me an excellent education at the master’s level.”

Yu also enjoys being part of a “close team” at Total Health Acupuncture Clinic where she partners with a chiropractor and two massage therapists. The entire team works on every patient. Yu hopes to continue “building trust with my patients, to let them know I really care about their well-being.” If Yu were to delineate a practice model it would be “purifying a patient from the inside out. Chinese medicine focuses on the whole, and holistic treatment is a very good approach.”

At OCOM, a major influence with Yu was “Dr. Joe Coletto. I want to be just like him – a very fine, caring person.” And this role model fits right in with one of Yu’s personal goals: “To be an outstanding, exemplary, whole-health practitioner.” The other half of that equation is “satisfaction. To see a patient’s skepticism change to ‘Wow! This really works.’ That is what keeps me going, when a patient comes for their follow-up and they feel much better.”

On the lighter side, Yu enjoys time with her husband and 14-year-old son who wants to be an NBA star. A long-time guitar adept, Yu often plays music with her son. Her favorite piece is John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Recently, the whole family took a cruise to Baja, Mexico and “ate lots of food.” They travel to see her husband’s family in Korea as often as is possible. Yu hardly looks old enough to have a 14 year old, and perhaps that is due to her success in balancing her practice, continued studies, family ties, and thorough enjoyment of each day. Yu doesn’t exactly say so, but the walks she takes with her dog appear to have a strongly meditative aspect. She pauses, then adds “I’m grateful for every single day.”