After 20 years of spending much of my time in long-term care facilities (nursing homes) recommending medication changes for the elderly, I realized that the residents were not getting better, were degenerating daily, and many were medically toxic from pharmaceutical drugs. "There must be a better way to health for these individuals," I thought.
About that time, I attended a seminar on herbal medicine. I found healing for myself from a simple herbal medicine when previous biomedical therapy failed to resolve my health issue. Natural medicine made so much sense to me since my education involved the pharmacy of plants. "This is what I have been looking for," I said. "This is the better way to health!"
As a pharmacist, though, my scope of practice didn't involve formulating a diagnosis and treating patients. A friend suggested that I visit a Taiwanese physician practicing Chinese medicine in the area. He was gracious enough to allow me to shadow him in his practice for a day. I had never seen healing like I saw that day.
A patient with chronic back pain walking in with a cane, rising from a treatment table after acupuncture entirely out of pain. A young adult with seizure disorder goes into remission, prompting biomedicine to label it a misdiagnosis—a child with cancer being the only survivor out of her hospital group. I didn't understand that day how this healing had occurred based on my medical knowledge, but I was open to learning how to treat the body in a totally different way, a natural way.
My new career journey had started. I enrolled and was accepted into medical school to learn Chinese medicine, culminating in earning a doctoral degree with residencies in Beijing and Shanghai, China. I now practice an integrated medical model, taking the best from Eastern and Western medicine and recommending my patients' best-individualized care.
In good health,
Dr. Stuart Shipe
DAOM, RPh, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Board Certified Acupuncture & Herbology, Pharmacist