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Mary Fok, MD is an East-West Medicine fellow and clinical instructor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. Mary completed her undergraduate training at the University of California, San Diego with a major in Human Biology and during this time discovered her passion for global health, teaching, and caring for the underserved. She went on to complete medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UASOM). On a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Mary provided medical care to underserved communities, and was also an active medical student volunteer at Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run free clinic at UASOM, providing medical care to patients from complex socioeconomic backgrounds.
When applying for residency programs, Mary discovered the East-West Medicine fellowship program at UCLA and envisioned the tremendous impact of complementing Western Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine during her medical training. When she started UCLA Internal Medicine residency in the Olive View/Santa Clarita Primary Care track, she sought to incorporate as much East-West Medicine experience as she could. Through being in the medical education pathway, she developed a residency curriculum for outpatient procedures, including trigger point injection workshops, for Internal Medicine residents. Her multiple teaching endeavors with residents and medical students resulted in the UCLA Commendation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.
Through seeing multiple primary care patients with their complex medical conditions and how East-West Medicine and the person-centered approach were beautifully integrated into their medical care, Mary look forward to gaining a deeper understanding of East-West Medicine to deliver meaningful whole person care.
Sungjin Kuon, DO is an Integrative Medicine Fellow at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at UC Irvine before going on to receive his medical degree at Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sungjin completed his residency as Chief Resident at Kent Hospital Rhode Island, which has Osteopathic recognition. He is currently board certified in Family Medicine.
After residency, Sungjin returned home to California to serve his community. He served as a Family practitioner in the city of Long Beach for 2 years before becoming a fellow at CEWM. Sungjin’s primary focus has been on prevention and management of chronic diseases, and he has come to realize the potential of integrating other forms of medicine during his first two years of practice.
Sungjin has a passion for integrative health, nutrition, and the body’s innate ability to heal. After residency, Sungjin completed the Helms Acupuncture course for Physicians and joins CEWM as a Fellow in order to learn how to integrate both Eastern and Western medicine with the goal of taking care of his patients in a more integrative manner.
During his fellowship, Sungjin intends to learn more about the theories of TCM and Acupuncture, mind-body techniques, nutrition, supplements and lifestyle approaches. In his spare time, he enjoys running, rock climbing, tennis, snowboarding, travelling and relaxing with his family and friends.
Qiuxue Tracey Tan, MD is an Integrative Medicine fellow and clinical instructor at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. She received her undergraduate education at UCLA, during which she initiated shadowing opportunities for students to gain exposure in acupuncture and complementary medicine. She developed a deep curiosity for the field, therefore she spent a summer in a hospital in China where she learned the fundamental theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She then received her medical degree from St. George’s University, during which she was elected and served as a board member in The Gold Humanism Honor Society. During this time, she had the opportunity to initiate a chaplaincy shadowing program at NYU hospital and co-initiate a mobile health clinic for underserved New Jersey areas.
She was curious about how the human mind influences physical health. This led her to spend a month in silent meditation in a monastery in Nepal. During her journey, she learned the art of being fully present and has been practicing and teaching this ever since. She completed her internal medicine residency in Naples, Florida, a city with one of the highest percentages of geriatric population in the country, and where disease severity and symptom management are complex. There, she initiated a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program for residents and faculty and helped lead the hospital’s wellness committee.
Dr. Tan’s professional interests include mindfulness and stress-reduction modalities, quality improvement, nutrition, educational curricula development, and community outreach. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, playing the piano and violin, family time, and learning about different cultures through food. She is looking forward to returning to her hometown - Los Angeles
Sara Ptasnik, MD is a Community Track Fellow and clinical instructor at UCLA Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM). She grew up in Colorado but moved to California for her undergraduate training at University of Southern California, receiving a BA in Neuroscience with minors in Sculpture and Natural Science. She also began exploring mind-body practices through yoga and meditation and joined a research lab studying how exercise enhances neuroplasticity in Parkinson’s Disease.
She completed her medical studies at Keck School of Medicine of USC and went on to LAC+USC Medical Center for her internship and residency. She is now double board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Throughout training, Dr. Ptasnik developed a growing interest in how psychosocial and socioeconomic factors impact health and disease at all ages, as well as the importance of maintaining one’s own health and balance as a healthcare provider. She completed the Integrative Medicine in Pediatrics Curriculum through the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and also studied the benefits of guided imagery and group council on lifestyle changes in adolescents with obesity.
After residency, she delved into her passion for Ayurveda and is now a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor through the Chopra Center. She has been working at Optum Care in urgent care and outpatient pediatrics with a focus on integrative health and lifestyle medicine. Outside of medicine, Sara enjoys yoga, painting, climbing, skiing, hiking, and spending time in nature. She looks forward to learning acupuncture and a deeper understanding of East-West approaches at UCLA CEWM with the goal of bringing these modalities to underserved communities.
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