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Qiuxue Tracey Tan, MD will be an Integrative Medicine fellow at the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. She received her undergraduate education at UCLA, during which 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 an incoming 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 holistic 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.
Megan Jolicoeur, DO is a current consultative fellow at CEWM and clinical instructor. She received a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology from The University of Connecticut while on a presidential scholarship. She went on to receive her medical degree at Touro University School of Osteopathic Medicine-California. During her time in medical school she was accepted to the Health Professional Scholarship Program with the US Navy. She completed her internship and residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton becoming board certified in Family Medicine. She served an additional year focusing on Integrative Medicine while also serving as Junior Attending.
After residency, she served as an active duty Naval Officer and Physician at Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme while also leading as the Senior Medical Officer. During her time of service she participated in a humanitarian mission called Pacific Partnership 2015 aboard the USNS Mercy and also established an integrative medical and acupuncture clinic for active duty, retired veterans, and dependents. She recently completed her obligation to the Navy after serving seven years of Active Duty.
She has a passion for holistic health, nutrition, TCM, osteopathy, and integrative medicine. Dr. Jolicoeur currently holds certifications in Medical Acupuncture, Mind Body Medicine, Ayurvedic Counseling, and is a 200hr RYT certified yoga teacher. She is currently working on her Functional Medicine certification as well. Her hobbies include spending time with family, running, hiking, traveling. She loves helping her patients reach optimal health from a whole body and integrative approach.
Calvin Fong, MD grew up in LA and Ventura County. He received his B.A. in Medical Science and Psychology from Boston University and his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. He enjoyed Boston very much, but he missed his family and the sunny weather. He was fortunate to return to Southern California to complete his Family Medicine residency at UCLA and will be taking his board certification exam in Family Medicine in July 2020. He has now joined the UCLA Center for East West Medicine as a fellow and clinical instructor. He is very excited to learn more about integrative and East-West Medicine, with the goal of taking care of patients more holistically.
During his fellowship, Dr. Fong plans to learn more about acupuncture, mind-body techniques, nutrition, supplements, music therapy, and lifestyle approaches. On his spare time, he enjoys walking/running, watching movies, playing video games, and relaxing with his family and friends.
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