“Dr Leonie”, as she is affectionately called by patients and colleagues is passionate about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. However, her daily inspiration comes from knowing she has the opportunity to make a sometimes unexpected difference in someone’s life. The journey to becoming an Acupuncturist started many years ago with a Home Health Aide (HHA) certification. then Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) certification.
As a CNA, she specialized in wound care, dementia, and patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It was during these times Dr Leonie came to realize her passion and skill for taking care of others. Being a CNA was just the beginning, she went on to study at Broward College where completed her prerequisites for nursing and graduated with the intention of pursuing a nursing degree at her dream school, Nova Southeastern University. However, after the tour, visits with counsellors, submission of transcripts, acceptance etc. Dr Leonie decided to do something different.
Something different became acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Leonie Wims L.,Ac. began her career when she graduated from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine with the class of Fall 2016 with a Masters in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration She went on to further her studies in the doctoral programm and she looks forward to the completion of her Capstone soon. “ I sometimes laugh at the fact that I was in school full-time for eight years, with no break”. Since graduation, she has worked in a few clinics and wellness centers, but most of her experience and knowledge was gained while working with the Veteran community at the VFW post 8195 and volunteering at the Poverello Wellness Centre in Ft Lauderdale. Veterans hold a very special place in her heart, because she believes they pay and continue to pay an ultimate sacrifice because of a love for their country.
Currently, Leonie Wims L., Ac. practices in Ft Lauderdale at Inline Health and Wellness where she specializes in pain management, internal medicine and herbal therapy. ”Herbal Therapy is an integral part of Oriental Medicine , and I have missed it’s application in treatments”. “ While studying at ATOM, I met Di Fu, and adopted him as my mentor, I interned with him for most of my graduate and postgraduate studies, and I still do when time allows. I attribute all my herbal and formula application knowledge to him and I am excited to be able to use this at my new office.”