Dear YinOva Family,
My name is Katy Hogan, and I am a board-certified practitioner of Chinese medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York. I am joining the YinOva Center as of April 19th, and I will be seeing patients on Sundays (10am-2pm) and Wednesdays (8am-12pm, beginning May 6th). As I get settled in, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and tell each of you how excited I am to be joining the YinOva Center. Jill and Noah and the entire YinOva team have welcomed me so warmly that I wanted to reach out and share that wholehearted enthusiasm with all of you.
There are so many reasons that I am thrilled to be a part of YinOva — not the least of which are the reputation and clinical expertise of the YinOva Center and all of its acupuncturists; the impetus for constant improvement that Jill, Noah and the YinOva team follow every day; and the dedication of the YinOva Center to educate its patients and the population at large about the very real benefits of Chinese medicine, bodywork, naturopathy, proper nutrition, and integrative medicine.
But perhaps the reason I am most excited to become a part of the YinOva team can be inferred by the Center’s tagline: “Inspired Healing. Attainable Wellness.” The healing that YinOva offers is inspired. As acupuncturists, we are inspired to do our absolute best for each patient, every visit. More importantly, however, the very medicine that we practice inspires the body’s own ability to heal. One of the concepts that informs my practice of acupuncture is that our bodies are innately intelligent: our bodies know what is best for us and how to achieve optimal health and function. Of course, sometimes things get off track. This is when our bodies benefit from a little inspiration to get back in balance and on the path to wellness. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are often very gentle interventions — yet in some cases it seems like the practitioners at YinOva are working miracles. But really it is our miraculous bodies that are doing the work; the acupuncture and herbs are inspiring our bodies to make the necessary transformations.
And here the second half of the tagline speaks to me. We – as whole beings: body and mind – are that which “attain wellness.” Another concept that informs my practice of Chinese medicine is that of empowerment. One of my jobs as an acupuncturist is to encourage and assist my patients to fully participate in their health and wellbeing. Sometimes this means highlighting areas of our diet or lifestyle that could be adjusted; sometimes this means teaching my patients that it is okay to cheat on that same diet; other times it means encouraging my patients to love themselves, even when they feel discouraged; and maybe it means giving a little kick in the pants. Whatever is needed in any given moment, I strive to empower my patients to become agents of their own wellness; and to know that while the acupuncture and herbs are inspiring our bodies toward health, it is we ourselves that have the power to attain wellness. Wellness doesn’t just happen: we –through our own empowered agency- achieve it!
As I embark upon my practice at YinOva, I look forward to treating a broad array of health concerns and wellness goals. I enjoy treating all aspects of women’s health and fertility, men’s health, physical complaints and internal medicine disorders. I am particularly focused on treating the mental and emotional concerns that accompany any health challenge or that occur in their own right. I come to YinOva with a great deal of enthusiasm, an open heart, and a desire to assist my patients on this journey toward optimal health of body and mind. I can’t wait to work with you.