What is something people may not know about you? I was born one week after my parents immigrated to the United States. I was named in honor of that. In the Western world my name is read Huong Julie-My Tran. But in Vietnamese it's read as Tran Julie My Huong. My = America and Huong = part of the Vietnamese word que huong meaning homeland. So my name honors not only the new country America and reminds them of Viet Nam.
What piece of advice would you give your sisters? Time is non-refundable. Use it with intention.
What is your current occupation?: I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist. I have a private practice in San Jose, CA, Silicon Valley Natural Health
Growing up I dealt with weight and body image issues stemming from family criticism especially from my mom and cousin.
I remember when my cousin told me that to be successful I needed to be thin and also asked me don't you want your future husband to be able to carry you across the threshold?
I felt sad, disempowered, insecure and very angry. The anger turned to spite; the spite fueled my fire, my resolve. In that moment I took my power back and promised myself to always act with confidence and to do things on my terms, in my own way. An example of this is when I decided to attend Naturopathic Medical School, I was criticized for not going to regular medical school and didn’t I know that the Naturopathic Doctor’s License wasn’t recognized in CA yet. In my four years of school, I earned a doctorate, and two masters and in my 1st year of school, the state of CA recognized the naturopathic doctor’s license.
Today I take great pride in instilling confidence and empowering my patients to ultimately choose themselves, to invest in themselves to achieve optimal health and a life without the limits of poor health, self -doubt and self- criticism. This is why I do what I do as a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist.