Dr. Ayako Mizuno, DAOM, L.Ac
水野綾子 東洋医学博士 ハワイ州鍼灸師
Founder/Director of Plumeria Acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine
Hawaii licensed Acupuncturist, L.Ac
Education & Credentials
- Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Five Branches University in San Jose, California
- Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University in Fullerton, California
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Konan Women’s University in Kobe, Japan
- Hawaii licensed Acupuncturist
- 東洋医学博士課程修了カリフォルニア州サンホセ Five Branches University
- 東洋医学修士課程修了ハワイ州ホノルル Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- カウンセリング心理学専攻家族療法修士課程修了カリフォルニア州フラトン Hope International University
- 文学部人間関係学科心理学専攻 甲南女子大学
Dr. Mizuno’s passion in healing was sparked by experiences she had as a child. As young as 11 years old, she suffered from alternative anxiety and depression, along with severe stomachaches and migraine headaches. This caused tremendous difficulties attending school that resulted in feelings of shame, low self-esteem, and eventually led to anorexia. Because her physical examination didn’t show any problems, the general doctor’s opinion was just “healthy.” He simply prescribed sedative medications and said, “It is only her imagination. Just a typical teenage problem.”
With the support of her family, friends, and teachers, she managed to complete the compulsory education while dealing with these disorders. However, she still kept wondering if it was really just her imagination and what the meaning of “healthy” truly was.
These questions were the foundation of her undergraduate studies in psychology so that she could truly learn what she was experiencing, and to know once and for all, if it was just her imagination. As she completed her undergraduate studies, she began dreaming of extending her studies in psychology in the United States, where counseling psychology is on the forefront. Though she understood the obstacles and difficulties she would encounter studying abroad, she moved to the United States in 2004 with her 3 years old son.
After receiving a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, she began interning at a federally funded counseling center for children. Though it was an extremely intensive and rewarding job, she found herself frustrated by the reality that it was next to impossible to have successful results with the children without the involvement of their families in the counseling process. Unfortunately, most children were not living with their parents, and they were frequently fluctuated. It gave her an ultimate question how she was going to help the child in front of her without getting the support and involvement of their families. Consumed by this question, she realized that she needed to find another path. A path that allows her to truly help, genuinely heal.
She began to reflect on this and eventually encountered several studies of Oriental medicine, which she was growing up with but overlooked it. She was really inspired by the holistic approach of this medicine, which also explained why she was having physical symptoms from mental disorders. It was such an eye opening experience that it brought her hope and firm belief that it would allow her to truly help those who were having difficulties living a healthy life, which we all deserve.
As soon as she started the program, she was amazed at the treatment results at school clinic. Oriental medicine is not magic but a medicine, so not every disease or injury were cured. However, it was beyond her expectation. The most fascinating phenomena were that it treated the root cause, not just covered the symptoms. Patients became more balanced and stronger. She witnessed that many patients were gaining their quality of lives in the course of treatments.
Her happiness stems from seeing her patients regain their beautiful and happy smiles while transforming to a healthier version of themselves.