Meet our Team
Tia Hem, founder of AAWC, graduated with honors and recieved her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Samra University of Oriental medicine in California. Her externship included work at the Minority Aids Project (MAP) in which she treated HIV+ and full blown AIDS patients. She also worked as an apprentice at Yu Zhang Acupuncture Inc., studying Chinese Herbs, and Medical Qi Gong with her master Dr. Yu Zhang. Dr. Zhang is a Medical Doctor and TCM Psychiatrist in China and has been practicing acupuncture in the United States for the past 30 years.
Through her education and work experience, Tia has become well versed with energy work and uses Medical Qi Gong with all her patients. In addition to being proficient and a well versed practitioner, she is also a Kundalini Yoga instructor. For over 10 years, Tia has been teaching yoga and meditation in Southern California. Her other specialties includes internal medicine, treating those struggling with addiction, and adeptness in Western and Eastern pharmacopeia and herbalism.
Dr. Hetal Patel is a Pennsylvania native, born and raised in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelors of Science degree at Temple University. Her undergraduate studies opened her eyes to the biomechanics and the function of the human body, which led her to pursue a holistic approach to human dysfunction. Dr. Patel moved to Los Angeles where she attended Southern California University of Health Sciences and obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Her enthusiasm to help people out of pain and achieve optimum health is evident through her hands on approach and gentle adjustment style. Dr. Patel believes in providing her patients with myofascial release, rehab programming, and exercise guidance alongside chiropractic adjustments. When Dr. Patel is not treating others, she is traveling the world with her husband, hiking, and trying new foods.
Boonsita Tangsopon, L.Ac, was inspired to be in medicine from caring for her convalescent grandparents. From that point, she knew she wanted to help others. Boonsita enrolled herself in Physical therapy school and received her bachelors degree in Thailand. Boonsita worked in Bangkok hospital Physical therapy department. As an experienced Physical Therapist, Boonsita is very knowledgeable in orthopedic and pain management. She is well versed in a wide variety of soft tissue modalites. Boonsita decided to move to the US to study English and continued her education in Chinese Medicine in South Baylo University. Boonsita obtained her Master degree in Chinese Medicine in 2014 and continued to go onto the Doctorate program in Dongguk University. Besides working on finishing her doctorate, she also enjoys playing badminton and going on road trips.
Wit, originally from Thailand decided to move to the US to study English. He fell in love with the US and decided to make a change from his very hard tiring job as a Mechanical Engineer to have a change in pace. Once Wit became confident with his English, he decided to pursue a career in Massage Therapy. Although Massage therapy opened up Wit’s eyes in human bio mechanics, understanding the effective soft tissue modalities, his engineering mind wanted more of a challenge and sought out Chinese Medicine. Growing up in Thailand, Wit remembered how his family always had acupuncture and took herbs when someone felt ill. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine made sense to him and he absolutely enjoy getting people out of pain. Wit graduated with honors from Dong Guk University and specializes in pain management. He uses his skills in soft tissue in all his treatments. When Wit is not found treating his patients he enjoys going on hikes and decompressing with a good flick on Netflix.