About Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine is a way of practicing medicine that truly looks at all of the parts of the body and how they are functioning as a whole. The various organs and systems (circulatory, lymphatic, digestive, etc.) have a way of interacting with one another that promotes health and wellness. If one of these systems has a weakness or breaks down entirely, the entire whole will not work at its optimal capacity.
Functional medicine focuses on a complete and detailed history of the patient, along with information from diagnostic tests; like that of blood, urine, saliva, and feces. Care is individualized in order to better understand the root cause of disease and to access risk factors associated with disease. Read More
About Dr. Deems
Leslie Deems is the founder of Awaken Balance. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, NAET practitioner, and Body Talk Practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Traditional Chinese medicine and is licensed by the state of California. She has been practicing within the healing arts for 27 years. Leslie was drawn to the art of Chinese Medicine when facing her own healing crisis in 1995. After countless doctor visits, Leslie became disillusioned with the results of traditional western medicine and decided to seek “outside the box.” Her personal journey with the efficacy of acupuncture is what drew her to apprentice with the world famous Dr. Richard Tan in San Diego.
Leslie treats a variety of illnesses and diseases, but she has a passion for helping people who have fallen through the cracks, so to speak, within our present health care model. She is skilled at finding the missing pieces to patient’s puzzles. She makes a point of staying educated on the most recent and relevant health discoveries, continually developing her skills and knowledge, in order to ensure that her patients benefit from the most effective and rapid resolution of their issues.
Leslie has lectured at California State University, San Marcos, on alternative health care and facial diagnosis. Her manuscript on Face Reading is presently in the works. Currently, she is a volunteer for the Buddhist Tzu Chi medical foundation, providing free medical care for underserved individuals.
In addition to her private practice, Leslie enjoys spending time with her therapy dog, Eva, being in nature, gardening, dance, travel, and time with her amazing nieces. Leslie is dedicated to providing quality care in a caring and compassionate way. In the pursuit of wellness, she believes it is best to use an integrative approach, considering all options, while treating the whole person.
"Acupuncture is definitely worth your time and money. How many modalities and/or supplements (that are non-medicated) can improve your life? I only know a few and acupuncture is at on top of the list. I hope you find time to visit Leslie as her wisdom, suggestions, and treatments will improve your life.”
–Dawn Andersen, Wisconsin