“When I learned of naturopathic medicine, a light bulb turned on and there was no question on what I wanted to do.  The principles and philosophy of naturopathic medicine held true to my heart.  This is how I wanted to help people.”

Laying the groundwork to become an ND

As a pre-med student, majoring in biochemistry with a minor in chemistry, Jacqueline Yang, ND, CAc questioned her fit with allopathic medicine.

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but when I was college, I started to ask myself what kind of doctor do I really want to be? How do I want to help people?  I see my work as my purpose, so these questions hit me hard.” With that, she began researching other approaches to care.

“When I learned of naturopathic medicine, a light bulb turned on and there was no question on what I wanted to do.  The principles and philosophy of naturopathic medicine held true to my heart.  This is how I wanted to help people.”

SCNM as a springboard

Born and raised in the Northeast, Dr. Yang was eager to explore more of the country.  “I was searching for experiences that would challenge me and expose me to new things.” Dr. Yang chose to pursue her naturopathic medical degree at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM).

“I had the best four years of my life at SCNM.  Not only did I learn about the human body and the medicine, but I was able to create strong relationships that still hold to this day. There was a strong sense of community with the students and faculty.”

Finding fulfillment as an ND

Following graduation, Dr. Yang began working with another naturopathic doctor. Two years later she took over the practice. “I am the proud owner of New England Integrative Medicine, practicing in Salem, NH and Boston, MA.  I have a great staff and work with two other great naturopathic doctors.”

Dr. Yang gives back to the community by providing educational health and wellness presentations. She also served on the New Hampshire Board of Naturopathic Examiners for five years.

“My journey has not been easy, but I have no regrets.  I am so grateful to be a naturopathic doctor. What I like most is that I am able to provide options for patients. The best thing ever is the feeling I get when a patient tells me I’ve turned their life around and have given back hope. I also have a passion for the therapies that we use, such as botanical medicine, acupuncture, and homeopathy.”

In her personal time, Dr. Yang enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, and cooking.

Advice for aspiring NDs

Dr. Yang advises prospective students to spend time exploring their interest in the field of naturopathic medicine. “Visit the schools and reach out to a variety of naturopathic doctors – especially those who practice in the state you want to work in.” The scope of practice varies by state so it is important that you are aware of what you are able to offer. “Becoming a patient is another great way to experience the medicine.” Click here to find an ND near you in the US and Canada.

“In the beginning, I made sure to list out the things that are important to me.  Following that list helped direct me on what I needed to do to be successful and happy.  Creating a financial plan each year is also important for success.  Writing down goals, personal and business, will help keep you focused in all areas of your life.”

Dr. Yang is pictured to the right with a prospective student at HPW Live! in Boston – the kick-off to Health Professions Week – a virtual series of events held every fall for prospective students to explore career options in the health professions

Learn more about Dr. Yang

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