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Personal Story

Ever since childhood, my sister and I have been no strangers to medicine. Our mother was a family physician and her clinic was our playground. Naturally, we both developed an interest and familiarity in medicine during our formative years in Russia long before we arrived in the U.S.

Headstrong, my sister grew to pursue a medical career and became a breast surgeon whereas for me, I started my rigorous pre-med studies in school not so certain in my exact specific destination and what it held for me along my journey. It didn’t take me long however, before I realized that there was a big gap, a MISSING PIECE if you will, between my pre-med studies and what I wanted to achieve as a healer.

My Mom and my sister, both agreed that though many individuals benefit from Western medical intervention, there are still many that do not, and all too often there are dreadful side-effects which occur as a result of reactions to those medications. They also taught me the grim fact that unfortunately, most chronic diseases are not curable.

This dark truth in medical treatment has been haunting me from my family’s dinner table all throughout school. It soon dawned on me that there was an entire aspect of treatment that completely ignored a significant portion of a person’s sense of overall being, health & lifestyle, and I had to find out what could be done about it.

I yearned for an alternative approach to healing…

One day, I met an old friend who transferred from a Western medical school to a college of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He was so impressed with the TCM curriculum that he ceaselessly encouraged me to “check it out.” Hesitantly so, I took those words with a grain of salt however, slowly but surely, I fell in love with the training curriculum.

Unwilling to settle with an incomplete answer, I soon transferred to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I endeavored to study acupuncture and herbal medicine. I was determined to complete the puzzle.

I wanted to be a HOLISTIC HEALER, not just any regular doctor…

I learned that by treating the root causes of pathology instead of the pathology simply by itself, even in chronic conditions, could be successfully treated. The more I studied this ‘natural medicine,’ the more I loved it. This was a major change in my life, both personal and professional.

After my two beautiful children were born, my life completely changed yet again…

Nothing seemed to be more important and more precious to me than my little ones. Everything came full circle; being fully enveloped with a commitment toward my family and helping others through the benefits of TCM. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I now had a new mission in my life:

To combine the great & irreplaceable benefits of Western medical treatment, with the balance and softer, gentler approach of the Eastern medical philosophy creating a Fully Realized Holistic Treatment Program for people of all ages and backgrounds.

As a result, Advanced Holistic Center was born!

I look forward to helping you heal and achieve your goals of lifelong wellness.


Irina Logman, L.Ac., MSTOM
License and Board Certified Acupuncturist