JulieAnn Nugent-Head MD (China)
JulieAnn completed her masters degree in Oriental medicine in the United States, but quickly realized that without meaningful internship under skilled doctors she did not have the experience to confidently treat serious conditions. After summer internships at Beijing’s Kuanjie Hospital in 2003 & 2004, JulieAnn moved to China full time to learn Chinese and study under two of Beijing’s most famous traditional practitioners Dr Li Hongxiang (1924-2018) and Dr Chen Tongyun (1922 -).
Escaping the pollution of Beijing after five years studying with these great teachers, JulieAnn and husband Andrew relocated to the rural tea mountains of Hangzhou, living amongst the simple farmers of the Dragon Well tea village. While in Hangzhou JulieAnn completed her doctorate level medical degree in the Chinese program at the Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine.
JulieAnn’s doctoral thesis focused on tasting and experiencing herbs directly, and feels that direct experience with plants is the only way to understand the knowledge available in books. Her emphasis on the classical perspective of Chinese herb use has resulted in multiple articles in the Journal of Chinese medicine, an extensive online herbal curriculum to reframe modern perspectives, as well as international and domestic teaching engagements. JulieAnn treats patients at The Alternative Clinic and is thrilled to call the mountains of Asheville, NC home.