What makes us different?

We partner with you in your journey.  There are many factors that contribute to your health and success.  We bring these various elements together and integrate them into an approach that is individually tailored to meet your needs, providing you with the best possible care.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is holistic medicine, and as such TCM focuses on how your system functions as a whole.   Integrating modern western medical science into this framework is an easy next step, and this blending of paradigms has been taking place in the east for several decades now.   Our training in integrative medicine begins the first day of TCM medical school.  For both Leslie and Nicole, this layered onto a strong foundation of western medicine prior to TCM school, and has continued to grow over the many combined years we've been in practice.

EXPERTISE – Our deep understanding of the complexities of health is essential to your care.  This knowledge takes years of experience and additional training above and beyond what we learn in medical school.  We know the details of a comprehensive work-up that examines the many contributing factors to health or illness.  Our ability to complete a comprehensive diagnostic work-up allows us to get a better sense what is contributing to your health issues.  There are many different options for care, and we help you make an informed decision of what to do, and when to do it.  

CASE MANAGEMENT –  For our patients, we often stand at the center of their health care team.    Together, we look at the big picture and integrate the many moving parts into a whole approach.   This is exceptionally helpful, for instance, when explaining how a test result fits into the bigger strategy.  Because of our expertise in holistic medicine, we can offer guidance on how to best merge the many options available to you into one cohesive treatment plan.

LAB WORK - A comprehensive work-up plays a critical role, both in evaluating the overall health of the patient, and identifying the specific causes of their health concerns.  Knowing what to order, when to order it, and how to interpret the results is key to supporting a patient’s health journey.  This is a subject that we excel at, and are often called on to teach the subject to other practitioners.

ACUPUNCTURE – Acupuncture is a healing art that has been practiced for over 3000 years.  Both Leslie and Nicole are trained in the classical techniques of acupuncture, bringing a well-established approach to our patients that's stood the test of time for it's effectiveness.

NUTRITION– Good nutrition is the cornerstone to your health.  Did you know that food is the single biggest disruptor of hormones?  And your immune system? Not all food, of course.  We provide guidance with determining which foods support your health, and which may be working against you.

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS – Many vitamins and supplements have been well studied for their positive effect on health.  Understanding the value of things beyond a basic multivitamin, such as essential fatty acids, vitamin D, CoQ10, and others can improve the nutritional foundation for your health.  We have up-to-date expertise on what you want to take, and also – what to avoid!

HERBS- Herbs can be very supportive to one’s health and balance.  Working with a well-trained herbalist is essential to harnessing the power of herbs while avoiding any risks.  Our education in Traditional Chinese Medicine includes many years of herbal training.

NETWORKED – With over 20 years of working in the Greater Bay Area, we are well connected with the larger health care community.  There are many potential contributors to your success, and we have experience with other trusted resources, including Ob/Gyns, internists, endocrinologists, therapists,  massage therapists, and chiropractors.

SMALL PRACTICE ADVANTAGES –  At Leslie Oldershaw and Associates, the two principle practitioners work as a team to optimize your health care.  This level of care ensures easy access to key team players. Our practice is on a very human scale, and we work with you one-to-one to make your care and your experience here the best it can be.