My full name says a lot about who I am. My first name is Nan, taken from my Korean name Gu-Nan. My middle name is Arita, which comes from a town in Japan that is known for its porcelain craft. And my last name is Schwarz, bestowed upon me by my German-American parents. I am an example of many worlds combined, and my practice reflects this as well, as I utilize different styles of acupuncture and medical treatment depending on the person I am working with.
I first came to Chinese Medicine after experiencing a severe car accident, where my pelvis, hip and femur were shattered. Acupuncture and herbal medicine were effective in dealing with not only the pain, but also the recovery itself. This included the health of my body as well recovering from the mental trauma of the experience. The compassion shown to me by my holistic practitioners was incredible, and eventually I moved away from a career in creative design and corporate marketing to pursue this amazing healing practice.
My study was at Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine (SIEAM, formerly known as SIOM), where I was clinically trained in acupuncture and herbal modalities from mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and even France. My herbal medical knowledge stems from both classical chinese texts to modern methods such as Tung Acupuncture, Kampo, or Shonishin pediatric acupuncture. Palpation methods also play a very important part of my diagnostic method, as listening to what your body tells me via the pulse and touch is just as important as listening to your words.