After graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and public health as minor she attended University of Bridgeport for a year in the Doctorate of Chiropractic program. This is where she found her calling elsewhere in oriental medicine and transferred over to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine located in New York (renowned school for oriental medicine). She went through vigorous training for 3 1/2 years (3,465 hours) including 9 intern shifts (540 hrs) where she gained the diverse patient experience. While attending school, she received additional training from Dr. Hongsoon Kim L.Ac KOM who got his training from Korea as an Oriental Medicine doctor. For over 5 years she shadowed him and attended his lectures to learn the Korean 4 needle technique(SAAM)*. During her training, she has worked with more than 500 difficult cases.
Mina has been in practice for 7 years. The patients that have approached her, vary from simple pain management to autoimmune conditions that are difficult to treat with Western medicine. She has also specialized training in cosmetic acupuncture for scars, discoloration, wrinkles, etc. Cosmetic Acupuncture focuses on bringing blood circulation into the face.
She had success treating infertility patients as well as various females with gynecological issues such as amenorrhea (no menstruation), dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), polycystic ovarian disease, endometriosis, infertility, etc. Other conditions that she has treated are: smoking cessation, stress management, Gastrointestinal conditions (diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux), post surgical rehabilitation, Arthritis, weight loss, skin problems, and cosmetic (facial care, reducing appearance of scars..), psychological (anxiety, depression, insomnia).
Currently she is part of the East Coast Constitutional SAAM Research Association where she assists Dr.Hongsoon Kim spread his knowledge to other acupuncturists /future acupuncturists.
**The Korean 4 Needle (SAAM) technique is less invasive yet intense and stimulates the channels of the body to regulate the body to its normal healthy state. Patients have experienced longer effects of the treatment with this technique.
** Oriental medicine focuses on helping the body regain its healthy state by moving the qi (energy that moves the blood and fluids within the body) and blood that is stuck, and nourishing whatever is weak and sedating whatever is overpowering.