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Meet Pamela Wake of Evolution Acupuncture

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pamela Wake.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Pamela. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve had an interest in alternative medicine and health since I was a teenager. Having experienced adverse reactions to a variety of allopathic medicine treatments as a child, I thought that there must be other ways to address my health. I tried a no sugar diet in high school and a variety of nutritional modifications to see what effect it would have on how I felt. I learned how to cook with naturally based foods as I became an adult and was on my own, and starting frequenting health food stores. My first official patient was my daughter’s Dad who was having kidney issues. I did a lot of research and found a diet and herbal regimen that reversed his condition. Being an Acupuncturist wasn’t even in my consciousness until almost 15 years later. I knew in my soul I needed to make a difference in people’s lives. I had experienced Acupuncture first-hand years earlier for a female issue and loved the way it not only addressed the problem, but how it made me feel so relaxed and balanced. I used it again, when going through a very stressful period in my life after a divorce and relocating to a new city. As a single Mom, looking for a new career that would give me the opportunity to help people in the health sector, I began working for a holistic doctor in San Diego. One day, as we were discussing possible careers, she suggested Chinese Medicine to me. Having experienced the amazing results of this medicine myself during different times in my life, it made perfect sense to me. This is what I was meant to do. And the rest, as they say, is history.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Acupuncture is not the first thing people think about when addressing a health challenge. They generally contact their primary care physician or a chiropractor to deal with muscular or joint issues. So, part of the process is educating people about the scope of what this medicine does treat.

The second challenge an acupuncturist faces is outcome. Patients are used to a quick resolution when seeing their regular physician. Often times a “bandaid” approach is taken to address a patient’s concern at the doctor’s office. And while it might provide short-term help, it doesn’t address long-term health. Acupuncture looks at the root cause of a situation affecting a person’s health and the acupuncturist’s goal is to find the underlying cause and address it. People are not always willing to go on that journey, which may take longer.

The third challenge is educating people about preventative care, or what I call “health maintenance”. This involves regular treatments to boost the immune system and keep the body working optimally. People tend to address concerns as they crop up and often wait too long. This makes the idea of resolving an issue quickly more difficult.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Evolution Acupuncture – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I received a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, and did my internship at Rady Children’s Hospital where I experienced first-hand the powerful effect of Acupuncture on patients in the Chronic Pain and Oncology Departments. I’m nationally credentialed by the NCCAOM with a Diplomat in Acupuncture and licensed in the state of Arizona. I have completed additional education in orthopedic injuries, insomnia, migraines, GERD, fibromyalgia, Shen acupuncture (psychosocial), women’s health and facial rejuvenation. I enjoy the diversity and challenge of the variety of people I see, ranging from athletes, mothers, professionals, and people with conditions such as Bells Palsy, infertility and cancer. Part of my practice includes providing detox acupuncture services at recovery centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale. I provide nutritional and lifestyle coaching as part of my practice. as well as specific tools for treating stress, anxiety and gaining better mental focus. My goal is not only to help clients regain strength, mobility, and vitality, but creating a healthier mindset and sense of peace.

I was a health writer for Livestrong.com and editor for the Journal for Chinese Medicine. I’ve served in my community on the Leadership Council at New Vision Center for Spiritual Living and currently with Mission of Mercy, a non-profit organization that provides free health care in Phoenix and surrounding areas. I was rated as one of the top 20 Acupuncturists in 2016 by Expertise.com.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My goal in the coming year is to be out in my community more. This includes working with Fortune 500 companies through their health programs, creating more “how to” information to maintain your health and continuing my contract work with recovery centers around the valley. I also plan to be more active in writing articles and creating content for health portals.

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