Natalie Maddox Rougie, AP, DACM Candidate
I grew up with a passion for the performing arts, studying dance from a young age. It is without a doubt the defining force and common theme, which brought about a lot of my life experiences. As a teenager I danced professionally with a small performance company in South Jersey, throughout the greater Philadelphia area, and New York City. Dancing provided me an outlet for expression, built my character and strength, and taught me why optimal health is so important.
Dancing also exposed me to both acupuncture and Pilates. Acupuncture helped address some dance related issues and while in college, Pilates played a part in my ballet training. Being able to personally experience the benefits of these two practices, I decided to explore the possibilities of combining these disciplines and build a career path that would continue to help others.
In 1996, I attended Jacksonville University where I was pursuing a double major in biology and dance. I then transferred to the University of South Florida two years later, and decided to follow a pre-med path while simply taking classes at the dance department instead of completing a major. After graduating in December 2000 with degrees in Chemistry and Biology, I spent two years working as a cytogenetic technologist with Genzyme Genetics before starting a Masters degree program in Chinese Medicine at the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota Florida. While studying, I spent three seasons with the NFL as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader and completed a six-month Pilates certification with Polestar Pilates in the fall of 2005. Upon graduation in February 2006, I became a licensed Diplomat of Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which encompasses Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. I finally had the tools and knowledge to begin my practice and fulfill the path that I had set for myself at a young age. I am currently continuing my education at Pacific College of Health Sciences pursuing a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
As both the owner and lead acupuncturist I have dedicated my energy in growing and evolving Palm Wellness into a space of serenity and empowerment. I enjoy treating a wide variety of patients from professional athletes, to hard working moms in need of a little TLC. My vision for natural healing and integration of the mind, body, and spirit are the foundations of Palm Wellness.
In most cases, Jessica’s smiling face will greet you as you walk through the door. With a calm and friendly nature, she will help facilitate the smooth transition from checking in to making future appointments. Through quick communication or friendly conversation, she plays a fundamental role in ensuring you receive that individual attention Palm Wellness is known for. As an acupuncture student at the East West College of Natural Medicine pursuing a master's degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, Jessica is completing her clinical internship here at Palm Wellness.