Jessica Walter, OMD, of Boku Acupuncture, had her first experience with acupuncture while attending the University of California at Santa Barbara. At the time, she knew absolutely nothing of Asian medicine, despite having Japanese heritage on her mother’s side. She was so impressed by the result of the treatment, it started an insatiable curiosity of natural healing. Having that desire to learn more, she chose to pursue formal studies. First was enrollment at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York to earn her Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Then completing externships at St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and with the Initiative for Women with Disabilities program at NYU’s Hospital for Joint Diseases prepared her for the next leg of her journey that would see her around the world and back.
When Dr. Walter was offered the privilege of pursuing advanced studies with renowned physician Dr. Wang Ju-Yi in Beijing, China, she seized the opportunity. Her style of practice and gentle needle technique is strongly influenced by her studies with him. She shares,”I continue my studies to this day with prominent acupuncturists and herbalists both in the US and China, as well as with pioneers involved in innovative science-based wellness therapies, to ensure that I continue to expand my knowledge and skills. I have the privilege of seeing individuals seeking preventative health, as well as those who have not responded to conventional medical care and are seeking alternatives for chronic illness or pain.”
While talking to Dr. Walter in her practice located in a tranquil, green business park on North Buffalo Drive, I asked about the challenges of practicing a modality of healing that may not be covered by most traditional insurance plans or with a population that may not be familiar with this ancient art of healing. In response to what fuels her passion during challenging times, she said, “I truly believe that if given the chance, your body can heal itself. As a practitioner of Oriental medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional counseling, among other types of treatment, it is my mission at Boku Acupuncture to help you realize your own remarkable, innate potential for health and healing.”
To learn more about Doctor Walters and Boku Acupuncture or to schedule service or consultation, please go to www.jessicawalteromd.com/contact-us for all contact and location information. For more information about #LVHFCoC membership, please contact Nicole Sharp at 702-539-4400 or http://vegashealthfitnesschamber.com/?page_id=741.