Michele Salinas

MSOM, LAc, Dipl. OM, RN

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Thank you for your interest.  A little about me: I have been in the healthcare profession for almost 30 years, and I have been practicing Chinese Medicine for 17 years. Here is my brief story:

An artistic child, my humanitarian interests were awakened by seeing starving children in poor countries. So I left the arts and studied nursing. As a student nurse I traveled to Central America, and lived like a campesina (peasant). I experienced real poverty of the body (but not the spirit!). Back in the States, I became disillusioned with the technological  aspect of bio-medicine, witnessing many diseases created in spite of isolated “cures”; where quality of life is sacrificed at the altar of the quantifiable, and the connection of the mind upon the body is “unscientific” My search for alternatives brought me to Oriental (Chinese) Medicine, one of the oldest systems still in great use on the planet. Here was a health care system inherently natural, quality-oriented, holistic, and uniquely individualistic. A tradition intrinsically compassionate; an approach that could utilize my naturally creative and intuitive tendencies. While I still maintain my nursing license, I am thoroughly a Chinese medical practitioner. I have a pharmacy of over 500 single herbs and over 200 prepared pills and tinctures. Most of my patients receive the full benefit of both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. I have holistically treated many patients successfully for a variety of concerns. More than that, I treat the person, not just the disease. In this I count myself foremost.

My primary nursing position was with Michigan Farmworker Health, and the Camp Health Aide Program, 1988-1995. I also held nursing positions in Public Health, Psychiatric Health, and Substance Abuse/Detox Treatment

I started Lotus Center in 1999 and to date this is my clinical practice of Chinese Medicine.

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  • “Achieving holistic primary care through nurturing equilibrium.”

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