Mili Shah, L.Ac, MSTOM, DACM(c)
I am a multi-passionate, muli-modality practitioner living and practicing in San Diego, CA. I offer Acupuncture and East Asian medicine with elements of Reiki, Neural Manipulation, Visceral Manipulation, Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling and Herbal Therapy in a supportive, lighthearted and nourishing environment. What drew me towards Holistic Medicine was the fundamental understanding of the subtle intricacies of the natural world and how it relates to our abilities to live in harmony with the world within and around us. We are all one, but not one in the same. My passion is helping people like you tailor their lifestyles to best support and align their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing by creating lifestyle and treatment plans that are customized to your own individual needs.
I began my journey in 2008 when I first realized that the environment I was living in and creating was not supporting a healthy lifestyle. I was 22 years old, working in Manhattan, and contributing the the daily “grind”. I was getting sick often, always anxious, and in constant pain, but I didn’t know how to live or be any other way. While I was developing these belief systems about how my adulthood was supposed to look, I was also watching my parents and the people I’ve looked up to all my life suddenly (or not so suddenly) appear with serious health conditions. I watched as they struggled with ways to change their lifestyle to support their health, but even then, they were barely living. I saw a glimpse of my future and needed to make a change.
For most of college and after, I was anxious and depressed because I wasn’t doing what I felt called to do. I was looking for my path, and the summer of 2008 I sat down with my sister and we looked at all the options I had based on my interests. What stood out to me most was the Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I had a degree in Philosophy, and minors in Chemistry, Biology, and Anthropology. This combination of studying the human mind, physical body and social and cultural structures was perfect for what I’d be studying in the MSTOM. I started Acupuncture school in January of 2009. I was happy I had found my calling, but hadn’t learned my lessons in balance yet.
I moved to San Diego in 2010 to complete my studies, and during my years here, I’ve had the honor to study with, and apprentice with Masters in Reiki, Theta Healing, Massage, Tai Ji, Herbal Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, and Functional Medicine. I’ve had the honor to meet, apprentice with and learn from some of the top Acupuncturists in the field, as well as the founders of our School, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, while working in their offices. I’ve also had the honor of working with other community leaders in Community Acupuncture, Yoga, Aromatherapy, Mental Health, Lifestyle coaching and Spiritual wellness. In addition to my own journey of healing, recovery and renewal, I am able to combine all of these experiences (and more) into my own unique offering to you, to help you acheive aligned and optimal health.
My Philosophy of Care:
My belief is that care is rooted in continuous healing relationships. It is my intention to listen carefully, inform, and empower my patients on their path towards balance and wellness with gentle guidance. Treatment plans are customized to fit the needs of the patient and treatments are rendered in a healing environment of comfort, peace and support. I am committed to being a partner in health where we work together to overcome health imbalances and maintain wellness.
My mission at Seva Holistic Health is to provide quality patient centered care in East Asian Medicine to enrich, enliven and align the body, mind and spirit. I aim to empower and educate patients with the tools necessary to promote longevity, health and wellbeing.
At Seva Holistic Health I strive to initiate positive change within the health care system by inspiring and partnering with people in the community to focus on achieving optimal health, and educating the public on lifestyle based medicine as a means to prevent disease and maintain health.
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