Grace Stojanov graduated with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2009 from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is licensed in the state of California and is a nationally Board-certified Chinese Herbalist. Before becoming a Chinese medical practitioner, Grace found her footing in healthcare as an open-water lifeguard and First Responder. Pursuing this avenue of service, she worked as an EMT in an Emergency Department and Hyperbaric chamber. Expanding her knowledge, she became an Orthopedic Technologist, Certified. She assisted orthopedic surgeons for several years in the clinic and in surgery. It was during this time that she recognized the healthcare need for more extensive non-emergent, non-invasive medical options. While pondering the question, if a condition does not respond to medication or physical therapy, and waiting for surgery is the presumed last option what else may be done, Grace discovered the practice of Chinese medicine—Eastern nutrition, bodywork, meditative exercise, acupuncture, and herbalism. She embarked on this path and never looked back.
Over the years her diagnostic skills developed, and she expanded her practice to include internal medicine, women's health, and reproductive medicine. She benefited greatly from the mentorship of Dr. Deb Davies from whom she underwent extensive pregnancy and birth training, including becoming a birth doula. Grace now works with couples and individuals seeking to support their fertility and nurturing them through all stages of their parenting journey—preconception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Through this experience she has come to understand just how significantly the way a person feels contributes to their expression of health and how important addressing human psychology is for harmonious wellbeing. Face reading is the psychological branch of Chinese medicine and has been used in practice since this medicine’s inception. Grace was fortunate to have studied extensively with Lillian Bridges, attaining the rank of Master Face Reader through Lillian’s legacy, the Lotus Institute. She brings this knowledge into every session with her patients, adding rich layers of meaning to their experience and understanding.