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Feb 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM | complimentary alternative medicine Alumni Highlight: Angela Seng | achs.edu

Master of Science in CAM Graduate Angela Seng is using her ACHS education for a variety of work with environmentally acquired illnesses.


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Angela Seng graduated from ACHS with a Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine in 2018. Now, she does a variety of work that is focused on environmentally acquired illnesses. 

Interest in holistic health

“It started when I went out to do my undergrad in Fairfield, Iowa. I went to learn sustainable living and ended up minoring in it. While I was there I started to realize the importance of personal health and the role of environmental health,” Angela says. She says that her own personal health was also a catalyst for her interest in holistic health. 

Bridging traditional and modern medicine

Angela says that she has seen traditional and modern medicine come together in positive ways. “I’ve seen some beautiful marriages of traditional forms of medicine with modern medicine over the years. It seems like there’s this bridge that’s starting to occur. How do they work together, and how can we use that to help inspire people’s health,” Angela says. 

She says that everyone has a different healing journey and that it’s about finding what works best for each individual. “For some people, modern medicine is what works for them, and for other people traditional medicine works. Others need a little bit of both. There’s something there for everybody. We’ve come from a long stretch of people, especially in the United States, who are so heavily focused on Western medicine so for some time that’s been a paradigm. But at the same time, it’s such a young science too. We’re starting to stretch outside of that now.”

Interest in environmentally acquired illnesses

 Now, Angela works for a naturopathic physician in Tucson, Arizona, who focuses on biotoxin illness. Angela explains that biotoxin illness is “anything from Lymes disease to toxic mold exposure, various viral or bacterial infections, chemical exposure, or a combination of these things.”

Angela also works for a nonprofit that focuses on environmentally acquired illnesses: International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illnesses (ISEAI). ISEAI describes itself as a "professional medical society that aims to raise awareness of the environmental causes of inflammatory illnesses and to support the recovery of individuals affected by these illnesses through the integration of clinical practice, education, and research." "It’s a group of professionals who have come together to promote awareness. We’ve got a pretty large member base so far,” Angela says.

Pictured: ISEAI Conference that Angela attended May 2019 in Carefree, Arizona

Lastly, Angela is also in the beginning stages of research with the University of Arizona. She currently isn't able to discuss the details of the research, but she says is in the field of environmental illness. 

Experience at ACHS

Angela says that she had a good experience with her courses at ACHS and she enjoyed the flexibility that they afforded. “I was really happy with the way that the courses were structured and how the online Canvas program was set up. It was extremely user-friendly,” she says.

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Gillian Turner

Written By: Gillian Turner

Gillian joined ACHS after graduating from Linfield College with a BA in Mass Communication and a minor in visual studies. She grew up off the grid in rural southern Oregon and spent time exploring the forest surrounding her house and teaching gardening classes to other children in her garden. While at Linfield, Gillian gained valuable experience in public relations, social media management, and digital art. She was awarded a strategic communication scholarship and inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, a national college honor society “that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.” When not at work, Gillian can most often be found making art, enjoying nature or drinking coffee with her husband, Preston. Her interests include sustainability, mental wellness, and trying to stay connected to nature while living in the city. She studied abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has traveled to over ten different countries. Her favorite place that she has visited is the Scottish Highlands, and she hopes to visit many more countries in the future.