Lisa Pugliese, R.N., L.Ac. I have worked in the health-care field for more than 20 years. I began this journey as a registered nurse in the hospital setting. I loved being a nurse, but I always knew that my nursing degree would be the foundation for additional study or a new career. I considered becoming a nurse practitioner or a nurse midwife. However, when I discovered Chinese medicine, my future became clear to me. I enrolled in a Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine program. Once I was licensed as an acupuncturist, I had the opportunity to work and learn with one of the most successful and talented acupuncturists in San Diego, Loisanne Keller, O.M.D. Like me, Dr. Keller had been a registered nurse, and she was also a naturopath. She was considered a specialist in womenâ€™s health and fertility. Each week, I met with Dr. Keller for â€œgrand rounds,â€ where we reviewed cases together. This was a unique learning experience not available to most acupuncturists. I learned at great deal from Dr. Keller and I was inspired to practice medicine with the same integrity, commitment, and skill that she did. In order to do this, I knew I would need to further my studies, especially in the field of functional medicine. I began my studies in functional medicine in 1999, and I continue to study both functional and nutritional medicine, especially as it pertains to womenâ€™s health. My current practice is devoted to the care of women in all stages of life. Fertility is a large part of my practice and has been since 2001, when I successfully worked with my first â€œinfertilityâ€ patient. I was honored to be nominated for â€œWomen Who Move The City!â€ in 2013 by San Diego Magazine. -Lisa Pugliese, R.N., L.Ac.