At Aligned Modern Health, we treat every patient as an individual. All of our Acupuncturists have extensive experience in treating a variety of conditions and all hold a Masters or Doctorate degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the top acupuncture schools in the world.
License/title and certifications:
- Bachelor of Arts: Individualized Major in Social Justice and Diversity-Valparaiso University (2007)
- Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine-National University of Health Sciences (2017)
- Board Certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine (Diplomate O.M.)
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine-National University of Health Sciences (2019)
- Honors: Summa Cum Laude: Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2017) and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (2019).
Dr. Sarah Hung is an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner at Aligned Modern Health. She is passionate about forming genuine connections with her patients and getting them to a better place of balance in their lives both physically and emotionally. After graduating from her Bachelor’s Degree at Valparaiso University, she graduated from her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from National University of Health Sciences in 2017. While completing her boards in Oriental Medicine, she additionally graduated from her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 2019 and is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor. She enjoys combining her knowledge of eastern and western medicine when working with patients, utilizing techniques such as lifestyle modifications, nutritive therapies and Chinese botanical medicine alongside Acupuncture.
She has had a wide range of clinical experiences and was fortunate to serve as an intern at a pain clinic at John H. Stroger Memorial Hospital There, she provided Acupuncture to underserved patients in an integrative setting. She most recently worked as a Naturopathic Consultant and Acupuncturist at Wholesome Health Pharmacy, where she provided holistic treatments and worked closely with an integrative team. She has experience and special interest in addressing chronic pain of various causes, menstrual irregularities, environmental allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, stress and many more conditions.
Q&A with Sarah
What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Personally, I am passionate about maintaining solid relationships with family and friends and being the healthiest I can be-mentally, physically and spiritually. Professionally, I am passionate about my patients-I want to hear their stories, treat holistically and provide the best possible outcomes for them!
What three traits define you?
Dedicated, hardworking and compassionate.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
I would, and have volunteered in holistic healthcare, education and music.
What are you surprisingly good at?
I am a surprisingly good cook! I enjoy trying recipes from a variety of cultures and modifying them to make them more tasty and healthful.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Family and close friendships.
What’s the biggest proof that you’re good at what you do?
When patients return and report that their symptoms have improved-and additionally that they feel better as a whole.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Being a dual enrolled Master’s and Doctoral student was definitely the most challenging. I worked harder than I have in my entire life, and it paid off. I was able to graduate top of my class for both programs-and even gave commencement speeches!
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Not exactly weird, but as teenager I worked in Hollywood Video, Portillo’s and quite a few health food stores. Immediately following college, I spent a year teaching English to university students in Hangzhou, China. This helped me gain awareness of a different culture, come to know my family’s heritage and greatly improved my Mandarin Chinese!
How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personal experiences?
My education has helped provide me with a great foundation in my professional career. However, spending time, listening to and learning from patients has been the greatest teacher of all.
Personally, I grew up with Chinese medicine and Western nutrition as a part of my upbringing. I have seen this medicine have a tremendous impact on family members, friends and myself, personally. It’s my goal to share this with others.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
The biggest have been pain and mental emotional conditions. The physical body and human psyche are closely intertwined and it is amazing to see how health as a whole can improve when emotions are addressed.
What are you complimented on most in your work?
I have been told that I help instill confidence in others that they can become well again and that my treatments are effective.
In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
I often draw from Naturopathic principles as well as the Hippocratic oath for this one. First do no harm, doctor as teacher (docere), identifying and treating the cause (Tolle causam), and treating the whole person (Tolle totum).
What is your grand, audacious goal? What do you wish people would know, believe, do?
On a small scale level, making a difference and practicing with intention each and every day. On a larger scale, I hope to make a larger impact on access to holistic healthcare, either directly or indirectly. I also hope to be involved with research and evidence based aspects of our profession. Finally, I would love to be able to master Medical Spanish to better serve those who speak that language.
What do you do for fun in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
I enjoy practicing Yoga and Pilates, spending time outdoors, eating at a variety of healthful restaurants, reading the latest in health news, the occasional travel and practicing foreign languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and Spanish.
Share something unique that most people don’t know about you.
I have been a musician for nearly 32 years! I’m a classically trained violinist and additionally picked up guitar, composing and songwriting when I was 16. From 2009-2015, I was involved with a variety of bands. The most notable included a Black Sabbath tribute band and an Outlaw Country music band. Talk about different ends of the spectrum!
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