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Meet Steven Gomberg of Lotus Center for Integrative Medicine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Gomberg.

Steven, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We started our integrative medical practice in 2000. The other practitioners and I had just finished our training in oriental medicine. We had attended different medical schools but had met at continuing education seminars, as we all were trying to get a very broad spectrum of medical knowledge and training.

We decided that we would be a good fit to practice together. So we started looking for space shortly after graduation. We settled on a location in northeast Los Angeles as it was close to the downtown and Pasadena areas of LA. and somewhat under-represented in terms of practitioners of alternative medicine.

Over the years we have expanded our initial space and diversified the scope of our practice, most recently adding a pediatrics practice. Right now we are very happy with where we are in terms of a practice and all that we have achieved over the years.

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?
I think that overall things have gone pretty smoothly. Of course, in the beginning, it takes time to build a client base but that happened in reasonably short order. Keeping our practice running smoothly is key to maintaining our quality of patient care and we have to thank our great administrative staff for that.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lotus Center for Integrative Medicine – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Over the years we have tried to keep up to date with the most current trends and research in medicine. I think that helps us continually improve our patient care, so I think that is what makes our practice stand out. Most people associate seeking out an acupuncturist with some type of pain problem or issue and it’s not to say that we don’t see patients with pain.

Primarily though, we specialize as a practice in treating difficult chronic conditions that have not responded well to conventional treatment. Consequently, the focus of our practice is on herbal medicine and nutrition. I personally teach herbal therapeutics at an oriental medical school and have done so now for 13 years, as this is the foundation of my approach to patient care.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in Los Angeles. I was an introverted kid with a fairly curious nature. My interests tended towards old things. I never had a lot of fascination for current things, but I remember being in my grandparent’s house looking at all the antiques and just wondering what the story was behind them. I liked classical music, not contemporary. I also from a very early age had an interest in plants and their healing properties. I was also a good cook and would often make dinner for my family from an early age. This led to my first career as a chef.

From the age of 14, I developed an interest in Asian philosophy which kind of led to my interest in all things Asian, so it’s not too much of a surprise that I eventually ended up practicing Asian medicine.

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