This is an image of Dr. Khanita placing acupuncture needles on a client’s back.

I always knew that I wanted to be a Doctor since I was in high school. I didn’t know any of the specifics but I knew that I enjoyed helping people feel better, and more than that, I thrive on making people feel, healthy, supported, and above all understood.

When I started college on the pre-med track, I enjoyed my classes and loved learning, but felt like western medicine was not solving problems in a way that felt right to me. Things began to click together when I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine in Thailand and then later back in the states i visited the New York Chiropractic School. It opened my eyes to a different way to help heal people that made more sense to me. As an sporty and accident-prone kid, I was in and out of doctors offices all my life but my chiropractor was the only one I vividly remember making me feel better.

I started my graduate work, but as I couldn’t decide between the Doctor of Chiropractic and the Acupuncture program I just did both and completed what would normally take 7.5 years in 4. I simultaneously received my Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Fingerlakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and received my Doctor of Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College in December 2016.

Those years of grad school really put things in perspective for me about what kind of doctor I wanted to be: a caring, compassionate and above all, competent doctor. It was a wonderful 4 years of learning about who I really was, what I wanted to do and how I was going to help heal the world. I know that in this the DMV it is so busy and full that it can be particularly challenging to take time to ourselves. We are constantly bombarded with an information overload every day, children and young adults are put under a whole different level of pressure, and as a society we have polluted so much of our food and environment. Even though today’s life stresses are different than they were 2,000 years ago, human bodies react to these stresses the same as they always have. Traditional Chinese Medicine is still as applicable as it ever was. That is the beauty of it, we may have changed our environment beyond recognition, but our bodies are fundamentally the same and can be healed with the same sophisticated and time-tested methods that have been used in eastern medicine for centuries.

Now that I have time to do some reflection, I really feel that I was made for this system of medicine. I have found that the tools that I have learned from both Chiropractic school and Chinese Medicine have given me the ability to heal so many people. It is time for me to share my love of this traditional medicine and help as many people as I possibly can.

My name is Khanita Suvarnasuddhi and I am going to heal the world!

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