Acupuncture and herbal medicine
Copies of Joni's Master's thesis, "The Challenges of Integrating Acupuncture into Allopathic Medicine" is available for USD $25.
Teaching acupuncture theory to international
medical students in Taiwan.
Joni Renee Zalk
Joni Renee Zalk has a Bachelors degree in Business Management with a Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University in London.
While working full time and pursuing her Bachelors degree in Business Management, Joni was prescribed Adderall to help her focus which only provided headaches, but Joni found solace in Transcendental Meditation (TM) and acupuncture as a way to manage the stress and stay focused. She found it helped balance her moods, ease her insomnia, soothe her body aches and monthly menstrual symptoms, help with allergies and so much more.
Not knowing what she would do after her Bachelors degree was complete; she traveled to Thailand where she met a handsome English doctor that promptly broke her heart. Upon her return to America, she once again turned to acupuncture and found that there are whole modalities dedicated to treating emotional and spiritual issues. This inspired her to learn acupuncture herself and start the journey towards being a licensed acupuncturist.
Apprenticeship and Studying Abroad
Marco Chung-Shu Lam is a licensed acupuncturist running one of the largest health care clinics in Boulder, Colorado. Marco is highly skilled and attuned to the complex and subtle human emotions and spiritual afflictions we have. He mentored Joni for several years in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine before she ventured off to study in Asia. The hospitals that she studied at were:
-Chengdu University Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in China
-Tzu Chi Hospital in Hualien, Taiwan
-National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) in Taipei, Taiwan.
Licensure and Formal Education
After extensive study and passing the national exams with the National Commission of Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Joni was awarded the national certificate as “Diplomat in Acupuncture.” This allowed her to receive licenses in Maryland and Colorado.
Feeling that her formal education was still not fulfilled, Joni received a scholarship to the prestigious Middlesex University in London, England, where, in December 2014, she received the degree Masters of Science in Chinese Medicine. Her thesis (downloadable above) is entitled; “The Challenges of Integrating Acupuncture into the National Health Care System,” which is a work that questions why Eastern and Western medicine are not already formally (and successfully) integrated in Britain and America when it has been in many other developed countries. The thesis begs the question, ‘what’s the hold up?’ and provides several solutions to integration.
Joni is a certified in Homeopathy from Hanna Kroeger herbs and enjoys learning about the endocrine system (hormones, adrenal glands and fertility) and the brain (depression, bipolar and attention deficit disorder (ADD)).
Joni dreams of a health care system that integrates Eastern and Western medicine effortlessly for its' citizens. The first way to manifest this vision, she believes, is to educate our next generation of health care practitioners, by teaching nurses and medical doctors a class in school - an introductory class in alternative medicine.
Another dream of Joni's is to work for the Boulder Google office as an acupuncturist. Contact her if you can make that happen!
*May all your dreams come true.*