Mindy Dai: A Doctor With A Lot of Heart

daiMindy Dai: A Doctor With A Lot of Heart

By Kimberly Mack

Dr. Mindy Dai’s Acupuncture and Herb Center, located on Alameda in Burbank, may not look any different than other medical structure, but there is one big difference.  As you exit the elevator on the second floor and enter Dai’s lobby, the chaos of the day falls away. There is a Zen-like calm that wraps around you.

While you wait for Dai to work her magic and take away your pain, you admire the awards she has on display from the Burbank Leader voting her “Favorite Acupuncturist.”  You begin to feel reassured that you are in the best of hands. Your anticipatory anxiety level drops. Dai’s specialty is pain management. She greets you with a warm smile and promises “no pain.”

Before Dai came to California from her homeland of China, she was an attending physician and associate professor for 12 years.  Since her time in California she has acquired three years of postdoctoral training at USC, an MRI fellowship at Providence Saint Joseph medical center, and a master’s degree in oriental medicine at Samra University.  She worked for many years with a neurologist and has an MD.  She possesses a vast knowledge of both Western and Eastern medicine and combines her knowledge and training for tailored treatments. Her background in radiology enables her to read x-rays, MRI’s or CT scans.

Acupuncture is an effective and safe medical treatment.  Originating from China over 2,000 years ago, today it is very popular and growing. It is also recognized as a primary health care profession in California.  There are no side effects.  The most sterile of needles are used and only once.  Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel, are flexible and don’t rust or break. They are inserted on or lightly beneath the skin on points along your energy line called “acupuncture” or “acupressure points.”  This releases the qi (pronounced chee) to stimulate the flow of energy. The qi travels through your body’s channels or “meridians” regulating the flow of energy, clearing disruptions. Dai works to bring your body back to a balanced and harmonious state.  And, although acupuncture is very effective, Dai will tell you “it isn’t 100%. But, it does help.” She may also prescribe Chinese herbs.

Dai treats patients with a vast array of disorders with warmth and caring.  Many of her patients are referrals from other doctors such as chiropractors, neurologists, ob-gyns, oncologists and internists.

She has people come to her with spine and musculoskeletal disorders.  She treats scoliosis, and gastrointestinal disorders. Many women seek out Dai for fertility, menstrual or menopause issues.  She helps those with neurological disorders such as migraines, stroke rehabilitation, or those suffering from partial facial paralysis known as Bell’s palsy.  She can help with insomnia, anxiety, depression or stress.

“Everybody has stress,” states Dai.  “Slight stress is good.  It releases adrenalin and keeps people younger.  But, too much is not good.”

So what does Dai plan for the future?  “I just want to help more people,” she smiles. “I feel good and am very happy with what I’m doing.”

Dr. Mindy Dai’s office hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  She is flexible and will accommodate people’s schedules before they go to work or after.  Her office is located at 2601 W. Alameda, Suite 402, Burbank, (818) 842-8177. For more information visit Dr. Dai’s website at www.drmindydai.com

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