Elain Tong DO has been recognized as one of the top Costa Mesa Family Medicine practices.
Welcome to my comprehensive journal for health and wellness! I am Elain Tong, D.O., aka Dr Elain, a traditionally trained family medicine and pain management physician with a passion for all things natural, holistic, and metaphysical. I started this journal to help you achieve physical and emotional wellness. I want you to be the healthiest person you can be – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. True health and wellness come from within and can only be attained if we are balanced in all these areas.
The world wide web contains so much information on health, wellness, and medicine that it can be overwhelming and time consuming to sift through everything. I will condense this material into what is applicable to everyday life and throw in a practical tip or two! With my medical background, clinical experience, and investigative research, I want this journal to be a useful resource for you to check frequently. It will also be a place for you to learn about a physician’s perspective and knowledge on Eastern Medicine, wisdom, and philosophies, and how it can be integrated with conventional care to get the best of both worlds – Western and Eastern!
My Story – My interest in medicine began after years of dancing ballet and experiencing multiple ankle injuries. It was extremely frustrating and, at times, depressing to repeatedly sprain and weaken my ankle. Fortunately, I was able to continue competing and performing at a high level with the help of my father, an anesthesiologist, who successfully treated my dance injuries using a combination of Western anesthetic injections and Chinese medicine. The treatments, along with consistent pilates training, healed my ankle and improved my strength and stamina, making me a better dancer. I realized the importance of knowing how to maintain one’s physical health as well as emotional wellness.
In 2008, I joined my father in his practice full time, helping him treat pain and non-pain disorders using his integrative method. I created a wellness program for our patients incorporating nutrition, fitness, herbs, nutraceuticals, homeopathy, and stress management to enhance treatment results and maintain their health. Last year, I added a new job to my resume — I became a mom. As a mother, I know that what I put into my body as well as my son’s body is more crucial than ever. With my experiences as a dancer, physician, and now mother, I want to share my knowledge of all things good and wholesome that can be practically applied to your everyday lives. Join me on this journey to help you find and sustain your healthiest self! Please enjoy my journal and thank you for following!
In health and wellness,
Where are you from?
Southern California. I was born in Pasadena and grew up in Newport Beach.
Where did you go to school?
UCLA for undergrad and Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) for medical school
Are you board certified?
Yes, in Family Medicine
Where can I found out more about what you do?
Check out the work I do with my father at www.drtong.com. You can also listen to live cases every week on Saturdays from 1:45-2:00pm on KBRT AM740.
Why the interest in holistic and eastern medicine?
I studied Chinese medicine for 2 years before medical school and found the philosophies and theories to be insightful and useful in everyday life.
Why the peony as your logo?
Not only is the peony reflective of my Asian heritage and culture, but every part of this beautiful flower (bark, flowers, leaves, and seeds) has been used in ancient times for medicinal purposes. The peony is also named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods.
What are your “must have” daily supplements?
My “must haves” are a high potency Omega-3, high dose Vitamin D, a high quality probiotic, and a whole-food based multi-vitamin or pre-natal multi-vitamin when pregnant or nursing. More about all this on the blog!
What are your other hobbies and interests, besides ballet?
I am classically trained in piano. My husband and I love to eat and try all kinds of food. We also enjoy traveling together and are huge dog lovers. We have a 65 pound German Shepherd named Naila.
Bibliography and References:
- Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica by Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble
- Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford
- The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs by Ron Teeguarden
- The Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia
- The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Wood
Disclaimer : These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information in this blog is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disorder. Please consult a physician for therapeutic options.