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Meet Laurie Binder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurie Binder.

Laurie, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began my career as a labor and delivery RN in Brooklyn, NY, which peaked my interest in women’s health care. After moving back to Los Angeles, I specialized in women’s health as a nurse practitioner at Harbor-UCLA hospital. I wanted to expand my career and knowledge in order to offer more comprehensive care to my patients.

I became interested in acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a way of offering alternative healing solutions to my patients and decided to undertake additional training to become a licensed acupuncturist. I believe the balance of my medical training alongside my studies of Eastern medicine helps me provide a holistic approach to the health and well-being of my patients. I am able to evaluate and treat my patients more completely through acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs, and a comprehensive lifestyle assessment.

My love for medicine will always lead me to the best and most well-rounded care for my patients.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
While I’ve always been drawn to healthcare and healing, it took me a long time to find my connection to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Having worked with so many women who have struggled with reproductive issues, I wanted to find a way to help them in their journey. When I started studying acupuncture, it wasn’t as widely regarded as an effective treatment for infertility or other common issues as it is today. My success rate with clients using acupuncture in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments provided proof that acupuncture can boost fertility rates and help clients achieve a full-term, healthy pregnancy. Nowadays, it’s much more common to utilize acupuncture treatments along with tradition fertility treatments, or on its own, to support a healthy, harmonious body and a full-term pregnancy.

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
My main focus has always been on women’s health, including fertility enhancement, IVF adjunct therapy, labor induction, postpartum recovery, peri and post-menopause, PMS and endometriosis symptoms. However, I provide acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatment for pain management, smoking cessation, weight loss and appetite control, stress management and digestive disorders.

I take a holistic approach to healing, I don’t just treat the symptoms, I look for the cause and work with the person to find the best solution. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help put the body and mind back into balance.

What were you like growing up?
I’ve always been fascinated with health and healing. I was always concocting my own blends of teas and different types of home remedies, long before it was fashionable to do so. Biology, physiology and horticulture were some of my favorite subjects. I could always be found reading a book (or five) on a variety of topics. In fact, I’m still an avid reader and researcher.

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