My Story by ReNee

I fell asleep at the musical, The Phantom of the Opera, with its original cast. It was like someone slipped me a sleeping pill, I honestly could not wake up. Even for Michael Crawford!

I remember planning with my friends for months and was so excited to attend this phenomenal musical. But, when that magical evening came, I was truly unable to enjoy it.

I remember spending time with my girlfriends that day getting our nails and hair done perfectly, choosing the perfect little black dress, reservations at the best new restaurant in town to pre-theatre with our fun group of six close friends.

It was a night that I wanted to remember forever. We got to the theatre and found our orchestra level seats while chatting happily as we waited for the production to begin. They rang the last bell as excited patrons found their seats and then, the lights went down.

Do you ever remember a time when you were so tired that you could not keep your eyes open? You struggle to stay awake and want to be a part of it all but your eyes are heavy and your head nods, and nods…there is really no choice, it feels like your body has its own agenda…and then you are just out. My friend sitting next to me kept nudging me, starting to worry, whispering ‘wake up’ ‘your missing everything’, but that was the last thing I heard.

You are probably thinking that I drank too much wine at dinner? Actually, no, unfortunately, that was not the case. I believe that night my body was telling me (maybe yelling at me) that all the years of stress, poor diet, and not enough sleep had caught up with me and that it couldn’t function like that any longer.

My body had been giving me clues for the last 2 years that I ignored. Pushing through the fatigue, brain fog, feeling overwhelmed – but this was the final ‘wake up’ call. I slept like a baby until intermission.

I was not even 30 yrs old and I crashed from pure exhaustion.

I’m originally from Minnesota and was raised in a family where a strong work ethic was praised. It’s not surprising that when I graduated from nursing school, I took an ICU internship in the neonatal ICU – because I wanted the challenge that it represented.

Helping the sickest, tiniest infants either premature or other devastating illnesses that happen during the first month of life. It wasn’t long until I was reaching for the next level, an ICU flight nurse as well as a labor & delivery infant resuscitation nurse.

High stress. High reward. And I honestly loved it …until the day I hit the wall.

After 8 years of a high-stress life, the toll of poor self-care, the standard American diet and night-shift work made itself known as I became more fatigued and anxious with thinning hair, weight gain -that ultimately culminated in a nervous breakdown at work. I felt defeated and exhausted.

Then came the ‘Phantom of the Opera incident’. My true wake up call. My body & soul telling me that things had to change.

When my doctor could not find anything wrong with me, I knew intuitively that I needed to literally nurse myself back to health so I could live the life I was meant to live.

The Next Chapter Of My Journey: My Transformation Miracle

One of the nurses at work introduced me to Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Being from the midwest, it seemed strange and difficult to understand the concepts but I was willing to try anything.

The healing energy of the acupuncture needles placed with care and intention. The specific herbal formulations taken for my individual pattern. The reconnection of my mind, body and soul the nurturing care of my acupuncturist. Chinese Medicine nourished me at an energetic level that I had never experienced before and was what I needed to regain my health.

My transformation over time was truly a miracle for me as I became stronger, more present & more alive and engaged in my own life. I found myself again- but a much more grounded version.

This personal healing experience made me a true believer – so much so that I enrolled in a Chinese Medicine Master’s program.

Having a Western medicine background gave me a unique perspective of this 3,000 year old complete health care system. In my program, I was also introduced to the holistic, system’s biology approach of Functional Medicine.

Both of these holistic health care systems that focus on prevention were so completely opposite of the conventional medicine model that I had been taught & practiced for the last decade. I not only transformed my own health but also my life, my career path and overall perspective of what it means to be truly healthy.

My Natural Medicine Practice

True health is not the absence of disease but vibrant energy and a positive outlook that makes you glow from the inside.

When I started my natural medicine practice in 2001, I was passionate about adrenal health & hormone balance and, especially, how to teach my patients how to listen to the wisdom of their own bodies. The innate self-healing ability that our bodies have is a miracle that I want to share with anyone who will listen. I still feel the same passion today.

Over the last 16 years I have gained experience and wisdom working with my patients as they teach me valuable insights daily. Asking ‘why’ a patient has digestive problems, low energy, or an autoimmune condition and supporting the body’s innate wisdom is the cornerstone of my practice.

As a post-menopausal women myself, I love working with women over 40 who are entering the peri-menopausal and menopausal time in their lives.

This is a time for many women that is confusing, frustrating and can cause strain in relationships, careers as well as our physical & emotional well-being.

It is extremely rewarding for me as I help women gain vibrant energy & focus, sleep better and lose stubborn weight by finding the root cause of their individual imbalance and helping them reconnect with their true selves again- as we navigate through menopause and beyond.

ReNee Greenberg, RN, MTOM, LAc
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