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Dr. Patricia Lew, L.Ac., DAOM

Acupuncturist, President of Alamo Heights Wellness

Patricia Lew received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Afterward, she received her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Texas Health and Science University, as valedictorian of her graduating class in 2007. Texas Health and Science University has been twice ranked as one of the top acupuncture colleges in America by TCM World Foundation.
She became the admissions coordinator and the Dean of Students while she was working at Texas Health and Science University. She worked with new acupuncture students to introduce them to the Masters Degree of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program by planning, coordinating and implementing a variety of programs and services which were designed to assist and support students in achieving academic and personal success in holistic medicine.
After being in private practice, Patricia earned her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in 2018. During her doctoral studies, she gained valuable experience in research.
Allergy elimination acupuncture, emotional disorder treatments, auto-immune diseases, and cosmetic acupuncture are fields of interest to her.
She now enjoys helping San Antonio achieve optimal health through acupuncture and holistic treatments. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys playing the violin and reading.

Douglas Suffield, L.Ac., MAOM, Dipl.OM.

Acupuncturist

Doug graduated from Florida State University in 2010. In 2011, he began working as an EMT in the Canadian and Alaskan mining camps and oil fields. After 4 years, Doug felt a calling to return to school and further his study in medicine. In 2015, he enrolled in Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, where he began his 4-year path of study.

Doug has always pushed himself to be the best he could be, whether in the classroom, in the gym, or on the golf course; after a year in Gainesville, he knew that a change was necessary if he was going to reach his full potential as an acupuncturist.

In 2017, Doug and his lovely fiancee moved to Austin, Texas in order for Doug to pursue his passion and education at one of the top acupuncture and Oriental Medicine schools in the country: AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.

During his time at AOMA, Doug was able to learn from some of the best teachers, doctors, and acupuncturists in the country. In his 3rd and final year, he had the amazing opportunity to treat Veterans during a 6 month internship at the Central Texas Veterans Affairs Hospital. Veterans have always held a special place in Dougs’ heart as his uncle served in the Marines during the Korean War, and his cousins continued to serve in the Marines during the Gulf and Afghanistan wars. His passion for serving others and giving back to those who fought to protect the United States and her freedoms has been and will continue to be a life long pursuit of Dougs. While his focus and expertise are on the treatment of stress, chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, soft tissue, and sports injuries; Doug has also started apprenticing under Dr. Lew regarding homeopathy, allergies, and the treatment of complex autoimmune disorders.

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Brandi Ortiz-Afflerbach

Office Manager

Brandi is from Seguin, Texas but recently moved to San Antonio. She has three adult children and one grandson, who she adores. Brandi worked as a staff pastor at a local church before joining our team here. In that capacity she worked as a children’s pastor, then went on to do member care. When we are not in the office, she enjoys hiking with her dog Odell, reading, and watching sports.

Shannon McGloin, BA

Reflexologist

Shannon spent two years as office manager of Alamo Heights Wellness. She enjoys healing patients therapeutically through reflexology. Patients enjoy Shannon’s genuineness, willingness to help, and ability to see the beauty in everyone. When Shannon is not healing patients, she enjoys making a difference in children’s lives through education.