Where East meets West
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UCLA health program bridges
the gulf between two cultures to provide
a new model for health care
Nancy Sokoler Steiner ’85
Illustration by Katherine Dunn
Burke always thought of herself as a healthy person. But
several years ago, the 30-something social worker started experiencing
a host of physical problems: She had trouble moving her shoulder;
her muscles ached and tingled; she had migraine headaches and a
’87, M.S.W. ’91 sought out specialists for her ailments,
visiting two endocrinologists, a cardiologist and a neurologist.
After undergoing a frightening and expensive battery of tests, she
wasn’t getting any better.
was terrifying. It was really affecting my life,” Burke says.
a physician she’d seen more than a decade before for back
pain, Burke contacted Ka Kit Hui ’71, M.D. ’75 at the
UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. “When I told Dr. Hui all
that I’d been experiencing, he said, ‘I’ve seen
this before.’ It was such a calming and validating thing to
hear,” she says.