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.
In 2014, 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,