JulieAnn Nugent-Head MD (China)
JulieAnn was an elementary school teacher, with a curiosity and passion for natural remedies. In 1996, watching two family members become drastically ill, she began to read about herbal medicine, and immersed herself in the study of herbology. Quickly realizing she needed a mentor and guide, JulieAnn enrolled in formal studies and completed a master’s degree in Oriental medicine in the United States. With the great fortune to meet Andrew Nugent-Head while in graduate school, JulieAnn benefited from hospital internships in Beijing during the summers of 2003 and 2004. She immediately recognized the incredible difference in the practice of medicine in China versus the introductory training she had received in the west. JulieAnn thus moved to China full time, and was able to assist the Association for Traditional Studies project to document two of Beijing’s most famous traditional practitioners Dr Li Hongxiang (1924-2018) and Dr Chen Tongyun (1922 -). This exposure to classically based clinical medicine led JulieAnn to understand the incredible practicality of Chinese medicine in a new light. Learning to speak, read and write Chinese, JulieAnn became immersed in the culture and fell in love with asian philosophy.
Encouraged by Dr. Li to receive doctoral level qualifications, JulieAnn received a scholarship from the Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine, and completed a doctoral level medical degree in Chinese with focus on the classical application of herbs and foundations of clinical practice. After eight and a half years living in China, with four years in a rural farming village, the changing visa rules and regulations for foreigners practicing medicine led JulieAnn and husband Andrew to return to the United States.
Now residing in Asheville, North Carolina, JulieAnn treats patients at the Alternative Clinic, oversees development of Appalasia tea and herb farm, and teaches post graduate herb programs in Zurich, London and Frankfurt.