According to Dr. Soszka’s mother, he was always destined to be a doctor. Perhaps it was the many trips to the pediatrician’s office for ear infections due to an undiagnosed milk allergy. Regardless, by the age of three he was the proud owner of the “anatomy coloring book for children”. His interest in medicine continued throughout his childhood pestering his parents with ever more complicated medical question, which led to a small collection of medical books while still in grade school.
The concept of healthy living was ingrained upon him by his parents and grandparents, who were fans of the late Jack LaLaine. He was blessed with an upbringing involving healthy foods in burgeoning age of junk food. Eating healthy and taking vitamins were normal to him.
His interest in Chinese medicine began with Kung Fu training while in high school. He was particularly fascinated with Tai Chi and Qi Gong which he learned from a former Shaolin monk. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area exposed him to much of Asian culture, especially Chinese herbal medicine.
As a young adult, Dr. Soszka interest in medicine become more focused after his mother’s many years of migraines and TIAs culminated in a stroke. He recalls:
“I remember vividly the fear and frustration as my mother lay in the hospital bed in a coma, and her “doctors” having nothing to offer other than ‘wait and watch’. I knew that there was more to medicine than just responding to crises such as strokes, heart attacks and the like - there must be some form of medicine that focused on preventing these health problems so people wouldn’t have to sit around the bed of their sick loved one praying they would live when it’s too late.”
Thankfully his mother did recover from the stroke and encouraged him to pursue medical training. After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he focused on his pre-med studies and graduated with both a bachelors of art and science. While at Evergreen he spent much of his time assisting his professors in their microbiology research labs.
Dr. Soszka graduated from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2000, with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Classical Chinese Medicine. He holds active Oregon licenses as a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist.
He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, integrated health care for low-income families, HIV/AIDS hospice care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, pain management specialty clinic, and even within several cruise ship spas of the Carnival cruise lines.
Dr. Soszka believes that everyone should be entitled to optimal health and a pain-free life. He was prompted to create this site to offer the most comprehensive and useful natural health information after encountering many people who were often following bad advice from unqualified people when it came to taking care of their health.