Dr. Holly Thompson
Dr. Holly Thompson originally began her journey into holistic and integrative health in the 1980s when, as the mother of three small children, she experienced crippling migraines. There were no satisfactory medical treatments available so, in desperation, she tried cupuncture. The acupuncture worked.
Holly originally trained via a 5,000 hour, 3-year apprenticeship with a licensed acupuncturist in Pennsylvania. Her training was extremely comprehensive and she qualified as Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 1996 and licensed by the State of Colorado the same year.
After many years of practice in Colorado and Vermont, Holly attended Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon, earning her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)in 2010. This degree combines the highest levels of clinical expertise in Chinese Medicine with a thorough background in Western biomedicine so that a productive integrative approach can be taken with your individual case.
She has also done post-doctoral study in Nanjing, Beijing, and Shanghai, China, has a master’s degree in counseling, and a certificate in health coaching from Duke University’s Integrative Health program.
Since 2014, Holly has been studying functional medicine, a patient-centered system that utilizes simple lab tests to determine the underlying causes of problems and then uses lifestyle changes, herbs, and professional grade supplements to correct imbalances. She has taken courses through Hawthorne University, Institute for Functional Medicine and has completed her certification through the Kalish Institute.
While functional medicine addresses the entire person, Holly’s particular areas of interest are gut health and the gut-brain connection. Her goal is to promote vibrant health and aging through optimal brain and gut health. Holly feels functional medicine is the medicine of the future because it creates a collaboration between doctor and patient as they address the root cause of health issues together.
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