Polina Bowler’s extensive knowledge of Traditional Oriental Medicine earned her a license in Acupuncture and Herbology from the Medical Board of California and the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture. Bowler also holds certifications in Tui-Na, Acupressure and Therapeutic Massage. Since 1997, she has been running a private practice in Los Angeles: East Meets West Center for Holistic Medicine.
Bowler received her degree from The Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, based in Santa Monica, California. Additional training and emphasis in her curriculum focused on chronic degenerative diseases, digestive, gynecological, and musculo-skeletal disorders, depression, anxiety and addiction control.
Prior to her medical training in 1993, Bowler traveled the Orient for over a year, studying Eastern philosophy and discovering the ancient medical systems of the East. In China, she encountered Chinese Medicine. Her fascination on the topic led her to attend seminars in Shanghai on treating HIV with herbs.
In 1998-99, she worked as an assistant supervisor at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine, and worked as an Acupuncturist in The Care Center, a pain control clinic in Encino. In 1999-2000, Bowler conducted research on Oriental Medicine as it compares to Western Anti-Depressant medications in the treatment of depression. She conducted this research with celebrated doctor and author, Dr. K. Kim Ph.D., OMD, L.Ac., in association with Dr. Bistritsky, MD, Psychiatrist and director of the UCLA Mood Disorder Clinic. In 2000, she conducted patient interviews identifying psychiatric symptomology (affective disorders, anxiety and depression) with Dr. Greils, MD, Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist.
Her previous education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Commercial Photography. Bowler is fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish.