Dr. Rowena Chua
Integrative Medicine Fellowship | Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Arizona | Tucson, AZ
Neurology Residency Program | McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University | Chicago, IL
Doctor of Medicine | University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery | Manila, Philippines
Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology| University of California | Los Angeles, CA
Licensed Physician | State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
I became a physician because I really wanted to take care of people and help those who are sick become better and stay healthy. As a neurologist, I found that conventional medicine relied too much on diagnosis and prescribing medications for symptoms and disease. Often times I found that it didn’t address the underlying root causes, patients still had side effects to the treatments and simply didn’t get better.
Fellowship Training with Dr. Weil
As I would make my rounds at the hospital, I noticed younger patients being admitted to the hospital with strokes, undergoing extensive testing and leaving the hospital with a long list of medications. I knew there was a better way.
My search to make patients better began with a two year Integrative Medicine fellowship with Dr. Andrew Weil.
Discovering Integrative Medicine
I studied and experimented with various modalities, all while collecting and expanding my toolkit with different methods to help my patients. Having a neurology background helped me understand how our body’s response to stress affected our digestive, immune and hormonal systems which uncovered many root causes of symptoms and disease.
Overall, Integrative Medicine simply made more sense.