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Dr. Julee Miller, Health Pointe Jacksonville, Small Business Blog, UNF, UNF SBDC, UNF SBDC Blog 5/03/2012
UNF Small Business Blog: An Interview With Dr. Julee Miller AP, DOM, LMT
UNF SBDC: Tell us how you first got started in alternative medicine.
My healthcare venture began back in 1981 when I was a youth volunteer at Bay Pines VA Medical Center for five years in the rehabilitation department. This incredible experience afforded me to witness first-hand how to help restore function from “dysfunction”. The human body has since become a marvel to me and continually amazes me how powerful it really is.
UNF SBDC: Why did you choose this profession and what is your educational background?
Since my days at the VA Medical Center, I’ve become an Acupuncture Physician, graduating from one of the top three Oriental Medicine programs in the nation. I am an Acupuncture Physician in the state of Florida and a Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the NCCAOM. My Continuing Education includes Master Tung’s Acupuncture for Neuromuscular Disorders and Internal Medicine with a level I certification in ITARA (International Tung’s Acupuncture Research Association). I also have a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training and License in Massage Therapy with certifications in Sports Massage I & II, Prenatal Massage, Neuromuscular Massage, Reflexology, and Reiki I. During my extensive career I have worked in several clinical and hospital settings with Physicians, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, other Athletic Trainers, and have even been selected to be a member of the 2004 AHSSMT Olympic Sports Massage Team where I provided treatment to competing athletes in Athens.It truly excites me on a daily basis to be able to combine my certifications and education in order to provide such an integrated and highly individualized treatment that not only reduces pain and suffering, but also restores health.
UNF SBDC: How does acupuncture work?
Very basically, Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles on the body’s surface, in order to influence physiological functioning of the body. The purpose of these needles is to stimulate specific acupuncture points to promote self healing of imbalanced areas. In some cases, acupuncture may be accompanied by electrical stimulation, cupping, or the burning of moxa, a form of heat therapy.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.
UNF SBEC: Do you have a specialty and what modalities do you use?
I specialize in acute and chronic pain and have concentrated on Sports Rehabilitation for about 18 years. It really is my first love. I also sub-specialize in Women’s Health including menopause, fertility issues, gynecological disorders, PMS and uterine fibroids. Other areas I focus on are allergies, insomnia, depression, tinnitus, Bells Palsy, and migraine headaches.
My latest discovery is Facial Rejuvenation which combines the use of acupuncture, facial massage, collagen mask application and jade rolling to produce a youthful glow, greatly minimizing facial lines, under eye puffiness/circles, and brighten the skin tone naturally without injecting harmful materials under the skin surface. It’s really a very relaxing and enjoyable experience!
In addition to acupuncture, I use herbal plasters, cupping, infrared therapy, moxabustion, herbal steam packs, and all forms of Chinese herbs (pills, and powder). And finally I am one of just 3 locations in Jacksonville providing supervised Infrared Sauna treatments, which benefits not only weightloss, and general bodily detoxification, but also enhances the immune system to recover from a common cold or flu much quicker and in a safe manner.
UNF SBDC: Would you share with us three short case histories to show the broad range of conditions that Chinese medicine can treat?
I have treated a man experiencing post surgical scar tissue build up in his neck from throat cancer. With just a handful of visits I was able to reduce the scar tissue and pain to the point he was able to open his mouth wide enough to eat solid foods. He has such an incredibly positive attitude that continually amazes me!
It is always such a pleasure to receive pictures of the fertility babies of patients I have been able to help conceive! These couples so desperately want to be able to conceive and add to their family and give these babies so much love. It certainly is one of my favorite days at work to either open an email or listen to a voice mail of such gratitude!
I have also been able to restore thinning hair on a mid-40 year old female. After 20 visits of acupuncture and taking herbal tinctures her hair is no longer thin, or falling out by the clumps. She feels rejuvenated and her self esteem has sky rocketed!
Dr. Julee Miller AP, DOM, LMT
Health Pointe Jacksonville
3840 Belfort Road, #305
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Website: http://www.hpjax.com/– Mother’s Day Facial Rejuvenation Special!