Why Integrative Oriental Medicine?
The philosophy of Integrative Medicine is to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Integrative Oriental Medicine expands on this model to use other medical and natural therapy approaches to better treat the modern patient.
Beginning with the acknowledgment that your body is naturally good at detecting imbalances and healing itself, Integrative Oriental Medicine is uniquely positioned to utilize the best of many current health approaches to optimize your body’s energy and health to create a holistic treatment plan.
You need a healthcare practitioner who treats you, as a whole person, and helps your body to heal naturally.
I’m Tansy Briggs, and I’ve been an Integrative Oriental Medicine practitioner since 2002. I combine the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbs, Therapeutic Nutrition, Natural Medicine and Acupuncture with the technology of modern medicine to understand the root cause of your health issue.
Even if you have several chronic health problems, we’ll break down each issue into manageable patterns to understand what’s causing each symptom. We’ll create a step-by-step, comprehensive treatment plan that is unique to you. With adjustments to your daily routines, nutrition, supplements, herbal remedies, and treatments of Acupuncture, we can help restore your health.
My background and journey to Traditional Chinese Medicine
My undergraduate education focused on science and the human interaction with the environment and the technologies in our lives. I discovered my true passion when studying nutrition, biochemistry, and during my internship with an Epidemiologist who studied nutrition and diseases. I have a deep respect and curiosity for scientific research, but I learned that I wanted to explore health beyond micro chemical reactions and statistics. I began to seek a holistic picture of true health. I wanted to to work with people to obtain a deeper level of health more than just treating and understanding diseases. What if I could learn to work with people to truly understand how the body and mind work the best?
When I began studying Acupuncture (Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine) in Santa Fe, NM, all of my previous years of study came together with a clearer picture of the interrelations affecting health. I learned how the endocrine, hormonal, digestive, and energy systems together with climate, lifestyle, and external factors to influence the body and the mind—and that was only the beginning of my coming to understand complex health interrelations.
I am now a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) and a Practitioner of Oriental Medicine (LOM). I provide a full description of my education, credentials, and licensure below. In essence, I use a combination of medicinal practices, depending on your diagnosis—Traditional Chinese Medicine, Therapeutic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Lifestyle Counseling, and Acupuncture. I also work well with all kinds of healthcare providers.
How I work with patients
One of my strengths, as a practitioner, is that I can methodically unravel complex health issues in order to diagnose even complicated chronic illnesses. Understanding the relationship of your interlaced health patterns is a bit like detective work. Your health, daily life, and symptoms provide very clear clues as to what the underlying problem is, and with a bit of persistence, I can help your body return to health.
My practice is completely individualized for each patient. I look for imbalances in your sleep, energy, pain, stress, and emotions. I can examine your medical history, previous blood labs, prescriptions, MRI and x-ray reports. I can identify your unique pattern of imbalances, even when the issues are complex. I provide a clear diagnosis and craft a treatment plan that will help you progress toward renewed health and wellness.
Tansy Briggs has worked with me for many years, on an assortment of problems, including very serious scoliosis. For years, she literally kept me on my feet, until surgery became necessary. When she moved away, I was desperate! Then I found that Tansy could continue to work with me by phone and email, prescribing and sending me various herbal preparations which supported me through several surgeries and long-term physical therapy She is always available for consultation, and my husband has joined the conference calls for help for his medical concerns. I wish she were still here, but the long distance treatments have been very successful. – L.M.
In my job as a physician, I found myself with a high level of stress and I came to Tansy seeking relief of tension, headaches, and with the hope of attaining a healthier lifestyle. Her medical knowledge, herbal expertise, and superior acupuncture skills were administered through gentle caring hands that always made me feel amazingly better at the completion of a treatment. – C.M.
Tansy M. Briggs, DACM, Dipl.OM, DOM, L.OM, L.Ac
Tansy Briggs began her practice in 2002 in Santa Fe working with an integrative group specializing in pregnancy, fertility and pediatrics. In 2004, she took over an established family practice in Albuquerque, NM, as a solo practitioner, treating adults and children for 7 years. In 2011, Tansy sold her private practice and moved to Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, Tansy embraced the opportunity to work with other professionals in the field including working with The Healing Arts Center and Six Fishes Healing Arts. As an adjunct faculty member at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Tansy taught Chinese Medical Specialties and worked as a clinic supervisor from 2011-2014. Currently, Tansy combines clinical practice with telehealth consultations and mentors other professionals.
Tansy is nationally certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM) by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) in New Mexico, a licensed Practitioner of Oriental Medicine (L.OM) in Pennsylvania and also licensed Acupuncturist in Colorado. Tansy obtained her Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego) in 2018 and her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Southwest Acupuncture College (Santa Fe) in 2001. Prior to Acupuncture College, Tansy studied natural medicine for three years in Santa Fe via seminars and mentorships. Her bachelor’s degree is from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Prior to graduation, Tansy spent her last undergraduate year abroad at the University of East Anglia, UK.
View Tansy Briggs, DOM, LOM Curriculum Vitae here.
Dr. Tansy Briggs was my Doctor, employer, and is a dear friend. She is flawlessly ethical, professionally and deeply competent, intelligent and steady. – J.M.
Tansy is an integral part of my family as our go-to health practitioner. She diligently keeps our sport injuries at bay and our general health & well-being at their peak. Tansy is salt of the earth – compassionate, knowledgeable & simply the best! – A.B.