Meet Julie C. Espy, MS, MSOM, L.Ac.
Since my mid-teens, I have been drawn to holistic medicine. The desire to help with the healing of the whole person—taking into account body, mind, emotions and lifestyle—led me to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy, specializing in Hand Therapy. While I loved helping people recover from upper extremity injuries, diseases, and surgeries, I found myself feeling stifled by managed care. Unable to practice in a way that allowed me to treat the whole person, I continued my training, earning a second Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the acclaimed Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA, now AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine) in 2008. Since 2010, I have built upon my extensive conventional and Oriental medical training with ongoing research and formal study in Functional Medicine.
Though my practice involved both Oriental Medicine and Functional Medicine for years, I am now focusing on Functional Medicine. I have the freedom to define my own practice as one that is focused on the specific, individual needs of each patient, something I was not allowed to do working in the managed-care conventional medical model. I am able to practice in a truly holistic manner, viewing my patients not as a body to be “fixed,” but as dynamic, organic beings who are influenced by genetics, environment, foods, beliefs, emotions, and lifestyle choices.
I continue my education in Oriental medicine and Functional Medicine. It is my belief that an understanding of each perspective offers my patients the best path to true healing and wellness.
I have had great success working with digestive disorders; thyroid issues; autoimmune conditions; gynecological/women’s issues; stress, anxiety and other emotional issues. If you have seen your medical doctor for your concerns and were told everything is normal, but you still don’t feel right, please get in touch with me. It’s not all in your head!