The Alternative and Integrative Medicine Committee was established in 2010 at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. We are 1st and 2nd-year student pharmacists as well as members of ASP-Pacific.
AIMRx is dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of alternative therapies and medicines. We promote our subjects through hands-on workshops, speaker events, and presentations at local health fairs. In order to keep up with the actively progressing field of pharmacy, AIMRx is constantly researching new topics and looking for ways to expand. Stay updated by visiting our page and joining us at local health fairs!
Meet the members of AIMRx and learn about why they are interested in alternative and integrative medicine!
Amanda Kim – Second Year Co-Chair
Growing up in an Asian pharmacy, I was surrounded by both Western and Eastern medicine. I remember that whenever I got sick, my dad would give me herbal supplements to go along with my medication. Thus, ever since I was young, I knew how effective alternative medicine could be, and that is why I am extremely excited to work with AIMRx to educate the public about alternative and integrative medicine!
Jennifer Jong – Second Year Co-Chair
My mom has always been a strong advocate of Chinese medicine. She would tell me to make black silkie chicken stew to keep the cramps at bay, or to drink herbal tea to cool down fevers. I would scoff at the idea that simple things such as soup and tea could have any sort of effect on my illness. But after recently working in a pharmacy that sold both medication and alternative therapies, I have seen how the latter could complement medications. I have come to realize that my mom’s Chinese remedies are likely based on some truth. I joined AIMRx to explore and to broaden my knowledge on alternative medications. Along the way, I hope to share my experiences with you all!
Brandi Tacdol – Second Year Project Manager
After working in a compound pharmacy, I’ve become more interested in learning about natural remedies and holistic approaches to medicine. I also believe that it’s important for patients to be aware of the other additional alternative methods to drug therapy. Thus I am very excited to learn as well as educate my peers and the public about the benefits of alternative medicine with AIMRx.
Jamie Legaspi – Second Year Project Manager
Growing up, I was always interested in natural and “home remedy” methods in order to improve one’s health. I think it is important for the public to be aware that pharmacologic measures are not the only option for them, which is why I am so excited to be a part of AIMRx. I am looking forward to learning more about alternative and integrative medicine and implementing fun yet educational events for fellow students and the public.
Jared Cruz – Second Year Project Manager
I have always had this philosophy of “Mind over matter.” Though it may not be possible to cure diseases by simply thinking it, I believe that the first step to becoming better and healthier is to change your outlook or attitude to a more positive state of mind. Thus in terms of treatment, I believe there can be that gray area between alternative, natural medicine and the known pharmaceutical drugs that can deliver effective healthcare to a patient. With AIMRx, I hope to learn about that other side of medicine, the side of natural remedies and other nonpharmacological methods, to better incorporate and integrate this knowledge with my pharmacy school education to educate the public.
Richard Wong – Second Year Project Manager
I grew up in a family that embraces the use of both Western and Eastern medication. Though both my parents worked in a Western pharmacy, our family believes that using herbal remedies are the preferred pathway for improving one’s health. By incorporating simple herbal medication such as teas and soups into our daily diets, we can nourish and develop our bodies for a healthier future. I look forward to working with AIMRx and I hope to educate my peers about the benefits of using alternative medication as well as learning a few things along the way.
Emily Vu – First Year Co-Chair
As an advocate for health and an overall well-balanced life, I have been curious and passionate about alternative remedies starting from when my mom brought me my first cup of warm water with honey, ginger, and herbs to soothe my aching stomach. As I got older, my interest grew and I started to note very simple, easy, and inexpensive ways to lead a healthier life. As a future pharmacist, I aim to spread my growing knowledge of alternative medicine as the potential benefits can be impactful to many individuals. Thus, being a part of AIMRx and spreading my passion beginning from my fellow peers and health advocates is a great place to start making a difference.
Nanxi Tang – First Year Co-Chair
The thing about alternative medicine (especially traditional Chinese medicine) is that growing up, I was a non-believer. However, that all changed about a year ago when my dad convinced me to try acupuncture to relieve my seasonal allergies. I guess what they say about not knocking it til you try it is definitely true, because after about five sessions and a lot of needles later, I was a convert! Since then, I’ve embraced and welcomed non-pharmacologic and alternative medicines into my life, complementing my study of Western medicine with more holistic and integrative solutions to health problems. In my eyes, two is always better than one!
Amy Lee – First Year Project Manager
My parents are immigrants, so growing up they never took me to the hospital because of the language barrier. Traditional treatments were all I received, and I believe that some traditional treatments do truly work. Being in AIMRx allows me to support alternative treatments and teach it to fellow students, as well as to the community. Additionally, as future pharmacists, I think it’s important to be educated in alternative treatments that can be used to prevent chronic illnesses.
Ian Santos – First Year Project Manager
When I was a kid, I was exposed to many different at home remedies. Whenever I was sick or injured, my grandparents always had something that could help me. I was always fascinated as to how these various, alternative methods worked and wished to learn more about them. As I got older, I learned new, integrative medicine and continue to implement the ones I learned as a kid in my life today. I joined AIMRx because I wanted to share the knowledge that I have with my fellow colleagues and continue to learn more about alternative medicine. I have experienced first hand on how effective alternative medicine can be. I feel that as a pharmacist, it is important to be able to expand your knowledge beyond what is just behind the counter.
Karen Tran – First Year Project Manager
I believe that an important part of our health is in nourishing our minds and our bodies. The first step to a healthier lifestyle is how we treat ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. I love AIMRx because of how it educates people about other methods toward a healthy lifestyle aside from the pharmaceutical aspect. It presents alternative options for people in health treatment approaches and promotes various ways of well-being through behavioral techniques or food benefits.
Song Han – First Year Project Manager
My family is fairly traditional and avoided Western medication. Instead, they used natural remedies and acupuncture to treat all minor illnesses. Growing up, I witnessed the effectiveness of alternative medicine, and then I got into the medical field and learned about Western medication, I joined AIMRx because as a future pharmacist, I believe it is important to know all fields of medicine to help patients find the right form of therapy. Being part of AIMRx is a good way for me to spread awareness of alternative medicine while learning more about it.
Steven Kakehashi – First Year Project Manager
I have always been interested in improving my life and the lives of others. As a future pharmacist, I recognize the incredible benefits of medications; how they can help people live longer and more comfortable lives. However, I believe there is a lot of merit to improving your health without drugs. I joined AIMRx because I enjoy learning about and passing on my knowledge of, alternatives to traditional medicine that can help us live healthier, more fulfilling lives.