I liked that there was a strong Western medicine component to our traditional Chinese medicine curriculum.
About Jessica Brown’s practice
Hennepin County Medical Center:
Parkside Alternative Medicine Clinic
825 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
2810 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Jessica Brown has been interested in medicine her entire life. She studied cultural anthropology and biology with an interest in integrative medicine as an undergraduate, so acupuncture and Oriental medicine fit well with her beliefs and interests. “I was drawn to the holistic approach of traditional Chinese medicine.”
She chose the acupuncture and Oriental medicine program at Northwestern in part because of the support that a larger university system has to offer. “It's all about the resources. From the first-rate faculty and staff, to the alumni department, and a strong continuing education component, it's all there.”
Brown says the balance of Western and Eastern medicine makes for a well-rounded program. “I liked that there was a strong Western medicine component to our traditional Chinese medicine curriculum.”
She says Northwestern’s clinical internship programs gave her the opportunity to encounter a wide range of patient populations and settings. “From the many internships available, students get the chance to learn where their strengths and interests lie. Interning at the Courage Center was a highlight for me.”
Currently, Brown is an acupuncturist at two alternative medicine clinics in the Hennepin County Medical Center system. She has a special interest in women's health, oncology support, stroke rehabilitation and pain management. When thinking about the education that lead her to her acupuncture career, she emphasizes the strength of the faculty at Northwestern. “The faculty members are always willing to share their substantial knowledge and experience. They genuinely care about their students.”