Ashley Flores, Acupuncture
Total years in practice: 5
My Journey throughout my childhood, I was always very healthy. But, in my late teens and early twenties, I started to struggle with confusing health symptoms: fatigue, depression, horrible menstrual cramps, irregular period, digestive trouble and acne. I went from doctor to doctor, not getting any answers or help. At 23, I finally got a diagnosis: PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), a hormonal imbalance that affects menstruation and Infertility, but also causes an array of other symptoms. I was told that I would never conceive a child naturally, that I’d be on medication for the rest of my life, and that there was little that could be done to manage my symptoms. I was devastated. But I finally had an answer and wasn’t about to resign myself to my fate. I started to seek out a different kind of healthcare. I went to an acupuncturist and a Naturopathic Medicine. I started to read everything I could, and pored over books about hormones, herbs, nutrition, and Chinese medicine. I started to make changes and experience changes in my body, gradually gaining energy and vitality and shedding my symptoms one by one. This journey had such an enormous impact on my life that I wanted to help others find the same transformation that I had, and I enrolled in acupuncture school. In 2010, I graduated from acupuncture school, after 4 intense years of learning everything I could about acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, and natural medicine. That same year, my husband and I decided it was time to start a family. I knew that this might be a challenge, but I also knew that I now had the tools and knowledge to help me through this. Although it took us nearly a year, we finally conceived without needing medical intervention, and our baby boy was born in 2012. When we later decided to grow our family, we were able to conceive easily and welcomed our baby girl in 2015.