Dr. Tory Wegner, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), Licensed Acupuncturist
Education and Experience:
I have been practicing in the Triangle area since 2007 and have seen hundreds of patients during the past decade with a variety of symptoms. Everything ranging from complex cases with multiple symptoms and systems involved, to people with minor aches and pains, or people who just love acupuncture and the holistic approach. No matter where you fall in that spectrum, chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer.
My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor's of Science in biology and chemistry from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. I then earned my Master's of science of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. This was a 4 year comprehensive program that covered western anatomy and physiology, red flags, drug-herb interactions, as well as Eastern medical training in acupuncture, needle technique, Chinese herbology, and other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Education entailed a mix of classroom learning and observation and internship hours.
My philosophy is that it is not about isolating symptoms, but rather taking people as a WHOLE and trying to put their symptoms into context as to what is happening in their lives. Are they working 60+ hours a week and having chronic migraines? You can treat the migraines all day long, but the stress must also be managed for successful long-term treatment of the migraines. Are they under great emotional stress (relationship, job dissatisfaction, spiritual quest etc.) and it’s manifesting as depression or anxiety? Are they eating junk food and binge watching Netflix most days and this is causing them to feel sluggish, fatigued, and have digestive issues? This is what holistic, or as I like to think of it, “whole-istic,” medicine means: addressing a person’s body, mind, and spirit and understanding how they influence each other. Once this piece clicked into place for me, I could never go back to thinking about symptoms in isolation or believing that just giving a prescription to treat the complaint without ALSO concurrently addressing the underlying root cause was the answer.
After 9 years of practice I wanted to take my education and skills to the next level and went back to school and earned my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego. As part of my doctoral program I did 30 observation hours with a local Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and got to see first hand how conventional medicine approaches different health concerns and where there are opportunities for integration. I also got a lot better at reading research and incorporating evidence based medicine into my practice to maximize patient results. Going back to school as a full-time practitioner and mom of 2 little ones was quite a juggling act! I quickly had to learn to practice what I preach about finding work-life-school balance!
I would love to hear about your journey and be your holistic medicine cheerleader. My mission is to use acupuncture and Chinese medicine to educate, engage, and empower you to achieve your healthcare goals!
- Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)
- Master's of Science of Traditional Oriental medicine
- North Carolina Acupuncture License
- California Acupuncture License
- Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)
- Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbology) by National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Reiki Master Practitioner
- Externships at Rady's Children's Hospital, San Diego Hospice, and Pacific Beach Homeless Shelter