Harmony Professional Spotlight

Lexy Ballinger BSN, Oriental Medicine Resident

The purpose of this blog is two-fold. I’m going to be raising awareness about acupuncture and wellness through the description of some of the herbs and formulas that are effective for just about everything you can think of. I will also be describing techniques used in acupuncture and points that are used and why they are effective. I am 70% done with an accelerated 5 year program condensed to 3 ½ years. I am really excited about this program, oriental medicine, and to be a part of the Sanctuary Center.

I have been an ICU nurse for 22 years and I love it. I really do love the controlled chaos and being able to help people makes me really happy.  My very wise mother started pushing me to think about what the next thing I wanted to do right out of nursing school. At the time, I had a very young son, in fact, I had done my education for nursing while he was an infant. I really didn’t want to miss out on more of the short time I had with him. I promised her I would go back to school when he no longer needed me to be so present in his life, so I waited until he was a young man to decide what my next career choice would be.

I struggled with what to do next. I had a lot of choices, lateral moves, upward moves, or choose something completely different. I just couldn’t see myself going to something completely different, taking a desk job somewhere, working corporate or developing a “business” mindset. However, I was burned out. I was saddened by the realization that the western medicine, insurance companies and big pharma weren’t really effective in making people well. They had a lot of incentive to keep people sick and I just wasn’t sure that I wanted to remain a part of the (un) wellness system by obtaining an advanced degree in nursing to hold more responsibility for other’s health and well-being with inadequate tools.

I started  thinking about the interconnectedness of things, the length of time people had been around, the shamans and healers that were around before the advent of our modern medical system and how people had become sick since the beginning of time. As I was processing all of the choices I had with Patty, during one of our sessions, she drops me a text with a link to East West College of Natural Medicine’s website. I was intimidated and terrified. I knew I wanted something in health care and this was health care.