We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Glathe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicole, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I used to think that if I wasn’t actively doing something to advance myself or working all waking hours, I was slipping behind. I worked full-time in grad school and continued at a restaurant while I got my TCM practice off the ground. I founded a company with the mentality that if I stopped working the company would fail. But then my dad passed away after a short but grueling battle with brain cancer and I was suddenly slapped in the face with the gatherings and moments I had missed. The grief changed my perspective. I quickly shifted away from making myself feel guilty for not progressing to cherishing the present moment. Losing my dad is still deeply painful, but the gift of the pain is I now set boundaries around my personal time without hesitating, which has given new life to time with loved ones.

What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart is my focus on womxn’s health. In western medicine, genetically female/ women’s issues are often ignored or, until recently, blatantly blocked out of research. Our hormones and menstrual cycles have been seen as a liability for pharmaceutical research studies, setting up a situation where we have knowledge limitations surrounding cycles, how to best impact them, and/or how medications affect them. Visiting a western OB/GYN today may results in them dismissing claims of symptoms as normal (even though common does not mean normal) or they might go as far to say “oh, you just have a hormonal imbalance” with no thoughts on where it came form or how to fix it. But I am passionate about spreading the word that there are well documented solutions within Chinese and functional medicine. I work with people to regulate their cycle, improve chances of conception, support IVF, manage stress, and even promote a better sense of well being through cosmetic acupuncture.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I just made this list for for a best friend visiting! I stuck to places around Venice as that’s where she was staying. Being COVID, this unfortunately excludes favorite indoor activities such as museums and music venues.

– Los Liones
– Mandeville (very dog friendly)
– Escondido Falls
– Temescal Canyon
– Sandstone Peak

Beaches: You can’t go wrong

Favorite eats on the West Side:

Lodge Bread: obviously our favorite for breakfast/pizza/pastries. $

Dudley Market: they catch their our fish for the freshest seafood you’ll find in LA. Best burger and best views. $$

Hatchet Hall: incredible food and cocktail program. Nice wines. Good mix of creative seafood/meats/veggies. Must get the corn bread. $$/$$$

Charcoal: Melisse chef take on “causal” dining. Great menu. Veggies are stellar. Everything cooked on charcoal. Cute outdoor dining situation. $$/$$$

Gjusta: great to pick up yummy salads/sides for home! (Salmon belly salad is incredible. I would bathe in it if I could.) $$

Lincoln fine wines: go to wine shop with all the natrual wines.

Loqui: super casual and bomb Mexican. Quality ingredients. Don’t sleep on the flour tortillas. $

Pops bagels: a NYer wasn’t happy with bagels in LA so he’s doing it himself. Amazing homemade everything. sells out quick! $

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad was always my biggest champion. Encouraging a little girl who loved math and science, never telling me that I was just good for a girl, but just that I was amazing. He encouraged me to always follow my dreams. So much so that when I announced that I would study Chinese medicine, and he was in complete shock about my 180 from western medicine, I didn’t care because I had been raised to be my own woman! (He, of course, came around and acupuncture ended up being what kept him comfortable in his final days.)

My husband, Oren, is another source of constant support. I wouldn’t haven’t gotten through school, starting a business, or the grief of my dad’s passing without his love, adoration, and encouragement. With him by my side, I feel free to take a risk, maybe fail, and always get back on my feet.

Website: drnicoleglathe.com

Instagram: @dr.nicole.glathe

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