At the age of twenty-three, I had to undergo open heart surgery. This began a long list of happenings that would change my view of Western medicine forever. There were so many events that seemed in opposition to cultivating health and healing that once I had finally recovered from my surgery, I knew there must be more to medicine than this. Simple humanity was a huge piece of what was missing in the care I had received.
It was soon after surgery I realized my life calling as a health practitioner and moved to Los Angeles to enroll in a Masters program of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In 2011 I opened my own acupuncture and wellness practice in Santa Monica (www.alyssadazet.com). In addition to this, I am a certified CrossFit trainer and co-founder of Sweet Cheeks Headquarters, a successful food blog that focuses on healthy living and Paleo style cooking. Sweet Cheeks is a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal and you can find a continuous stream of anecdotes and delicious recipes at www.sweetcheekshq.com.