Melinda Choy is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and CEO of Elevate Wellness & Acupuncture Center in South Lake Tahoe. Melinda has been a practitioner for over 12 years with a passion for bringing natural medicine and health and healing to the community. She shares her vision in her development of Elevate Wellness Center, a multi-disciplinary holistic family medicine center, where the community can access the talent of various holistic health providers ranging from midwifery to neuro-muscular therapy. Elevate was created to help empower patients through education and lifestyle modification and specific therapies to enhance the power of the body to heal itself and promote balance. Melinda has spent over 15 years in the natural medicine field and is excited to be involved in the ever-evolving system of health care and medicine. She is actively creating a platform for holistic health providers to be more accessible and available to the public. 

WACM: What was a defining moment in your career path?

MC: My mother died of cancer when I was 21 years old. At the time I was in Washington DC at my dream internship at Amnesty International. At that moment, I felt completely helpless. I was in DC at my dream internship fighting for human rights when at home my mother had lost her battle with cancer. I knew that her cancer overwhelmed her body because she had lost a connection with who she was and how to take care of herself. She had the type of cancer that people don't generally die from. She was so focused on her career and taking care of her family and life stresses that she lost a sense of her body and what was really important. That event changed my focus forever. I knew I had to understand more in how our mental state affects our body and mind body medicine allowed me to do that. I realized that if you weren't able to connect with yourself, that it's impossible to connect at a global level. I knew that I wantedto be able to help people connect with themselves at an intimate level so that they can see they are connected to the environment and world around them. I now have the dream job that forces me to focus on my own state of mind and health in order to assist others in changing their lives.

WACM: What is one piece of advice you would like to pass on to young female entrepreneurs or aspiring community leaders trying to start out today?

MC: Do what you love and understand what you are wiling to suffer for. The means of getting what you want and creating your career requires a certain level of sacrifice and commitment. Be realistic with your goals and don't ever sacrifice your health and spirit. Taking care of yourself and those close to you are the most important aspect of being a woman in business. Don't do it like a man. Carve a path that is unique in honoring who we are as women and make our own way.