What Veterans Say...
I am a service connected Afghanistan veteran who has been under the care of Dr. Choi since July 2021. I was referred to Dr. Choi by the VA community care team after the in house acupuncturist at the VA told me he was not able to see me frequently enough for my conditions.
I came to him primarily for the treatment of asthma but also for chronic neck and back pain as well as post traumatic stress disorder symptom management.
Dr. Choi has been very professional, attentive and kind. Since he is also a veteran of a military force we were able to quickly establish a rapport that may take much longer or is not possible with many providers. His perspective on my conditions are new and unique but he has been able to tie my symptoms into my life experiences and trauma in a way that made a lot of sense.
For example, heightened startle response, digestive issues, TMJ and more. He explains how the traditional system of Chinese medicine sees these conditions. Not to say I have any idea how these treatments actually work.
In the short 4 months that I have seen him for weekly sessions I have seen what I would guess is approximately an 80% improvement in my asthma symptoms.
To give a history, I have had multiple emergency room visits for asthma, breathing machine treatments, I have had to go on oral steroids and even a COPD inhaler at one point, and my daily regimen for a long time included inhaled steroids multiple times a day.
To go from that to only using my rescue inhaler 3 times a week is well beyond the results I was anticipating. I still have an extreme sensitivity to certain chemicals and dusty days but my day to day breathing is much much better.
He has also helped with recurrent GERD and acid reflux issues I had by prescribing a very simple diet that I have actually been able to adhere to. I have cut back my acid blocking medicine probably by 50% at least, and mostly if I have to use it it's because I stopped following the diet.
My neck and back pain are notably decreased the day of our treatment and sometimes even lasts into the following day before it returns.
Dr. Choi does a good job holding hope for me and my recovery and healing from trauma and pain. It's hard for me to believe at times but he does seem to know about some light at the end of the tunnel.
I will continue to see him as long as the VA will continue to pay and I would recommend him to other veterans.
Doctor Daniel Choi,
Thank you for all the wonderful acupuncture treatments. You have given me great pain relief primarily to my neck area, but also to other chronically injured areas of my body.
I am an average American who goes to a western medicine provider when I am in pain. However, the severe and unrelenting pain I constantly suffered was no longer bearable in spite of all the office visits and medication I was taking! Since meeting you, I now live a mostly pain free life. Acupuncture works!
You are truly a blessing! : )
Thank goodness for Dr. Choi! At my first visit, Dr. Choi took time to listen to all my concerns and asked appropriate health questions. At each visit, he asks about how I am doing. He always listens to me as I tell him about my progress and areas of concern, and he always answers my questions thoroughly. His office always smells freshly sanitized and I clean.
He is gentle with the application of acupuncture, the electric pulses and cupping, asking to see how I am doing as he is working. In addition to relief of my chronic foot and back pain, I leave his office with a sense of mental calmness and peace. I am always looking forward to my next visit!