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Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Henry Hwang, DC, MAOM, L.Ac

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Assistant Professor II

Eastern Medicine Department

HenryHwang@scuhs.edu

Current Position

  • Position: Director of Clinical Education, Eastern Medicine Department

Biography

After graduating from University of California, Irvine with a degree in biology, Dr. Henry Hwang enrolled at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic. After working for a few years as a chiropractor at a busy multidisciplinary work injury clinic, Dr. Hwang developed a bad habit of eating lunch at his desk while working and having late dinners, and wondering why his stomach was a mess. When western medicine seemed to only alleviate his symptoms temporarily, he eventually turned to acupuncture. After a few months of treatment, his stomach was happy once again. That was when he decided he wanted to broaden his scope of practice and enrolled at Southern California University of Health Sciences and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and became certified by the California Acupuncture Board shortly thereafter.

Dr. Hwang has come to believe that pain and disease are not simply an inconvenience, but rather information: our body’s only way of telling our brain that we’re doing something it doesn’t like. “What makes chiropractic and acupuncture such powerful tools is their ability to help the body get more out of its own natural healing resources, and return the body to its homeostatic state.” With over 22 years of clinical experience, Dr. Hwang has seen chiropractic and acupuncture get patients out of pain and return them to their daily activities; and he loves sharing these powerful treatments with everyone.

Post-Graduate Training

California Department of Public Health, X-ray Supervisor & Operator, June 2000, Ongoing

UCLA, Symposium on Potential of Chinese Medicine in the U.S., UCLA – Center for East-West Medicine, July 2017, July 2017

eLotus, Integrating The Classics with Tung's Acupuncture, Henry McCann, June 2018, June 2018

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Journal Article

Completed/Published

Melka, H. A.; Rivera-Melo, H.; Jordan, S.; Hwang, H.; Whedon, J. Cervical Vertebral Body Erosion Due to Vascular Abnormality: A Case Report. Journal of chiropractic medicine 2020, 19, 65–69.

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I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.

 

Brianna Hadley

MSPA Class of 2022

Our Value: Integrative Health

One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

Dr. Jamie Kuljis

Graduate, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

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Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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