Integrative Medicine

Kathy Taromina, DACM, MS, LAc

SCCA Integrative Medicine services are currently available to all hematology oncology patients receiving care at the South Lake Union clinic. Integrative medicine therapies and practices can be empowering therapeutic tools to help relieve cancer and treatment-related side effects as well as improve overall wellness and quality of life at any point following a cancer diagnosis.

Integrative medicine Combines conventional (standard) medical treatment with complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies that have been shown to be safe and to work. CAM therapies treat the mind, body and spirit. Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.
Kathy Taromina, DACM, MS, LAc
Kathy Taromina, DACM, MS, LAc

It is exciting for me to be part of the integrative medicine team at SCCA. I have been working with adults and children during and after their cancer therapy for over 20 years. Prior to working at SCCA, I worked first as an acupuncturist, then served as program manager for the Integrative Therapies Program at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

As a long-time educator, I am deeply committed to helping acupuncturists learn about the unique considerations and best practices for safe and effective care for cancer patients and survivors. My research and interests are in studies that will contribute to expanded access for patients to utilize East Asian medicine during all phases of cancer treatment and survivorship. 

Outside of work, I enjoy practicing internal martial arts and spending time with my friends and family. 

 

Integrative medicine Combines conventional (standard) medical treatment with complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies that have been shown to be safe and to work. CAM therapies treat the mind, body and spirit.
Patient care philosophy

My clinical approach is rooted in the principles and theories of East Asian medicine and informed by advances in biomedical research. 

Clinical expertise

Clinical oncology acupuncture as supportive care for patients during all stages of cancer treatment and survivorship. 

Education
  • DACM: Pacific College of Health and Science, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • MS: Pacific College of Health and Science, Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
More Information
  • NCCAOM Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Academic Dean and faculty for the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees for the Society for Integrative Oncology

 

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