That was me.
cindy tsai, md – My Story
I was an accident.
My parents didn’t plan to have me.
From a young age, I held onto this (subconscious) belief that I was a burden, that I wasn’t wanted or enough as I was.
I was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Taipei, Taiwan where I attended an American school until coming to the U.S. for college. While I appreciated the mix of Western and Eastern culture, I frequently felt torn and unsure where I belonged.
In school, I learned about personal freedom and expression while at home, I learned the importance of fulfilling your duty and how to maintain harmony regardless of your true feelings.
As I went through life working hard, seeking approval and external validation to fill a void, fit in and prove my worth, I was driven to succeed and went to top schools (Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth Medical School, CPMC/UCSF) to become the best physician I could be.
As a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and medical director, things looked good on the surface. I was grateful to connect and support my patients’ health journeys but felt like I wanted to do more than just prescribe a medication as a bandaid.
I wanted to help people take better care of themselves so they wouldn’t have to get sick and suffer unnecessarily.
I wanted to help people look at the root cause and change things for good.
But traditional medical training was all about disease and illness and I became really unhappy, resentful, got sick with autoimmune disease and and just felt completely stuck and lost.
I knew there had to be a better way.
I wanted to blend all my past interests and experiences to take the best of both worlds and heal to move forward.
Working with a life coach helped me gain so much clarity and allowed me to be seen, heard and understood in a way unlike therapy or other modalities I tried before.
My first life coach was also a mindfulness teacher who helped me increase my self-awareness of what was going on.
I learned how to look within, prioritize self-care to meet my own needs and take care of myself to have my own back.
I learned that I didn’t have to be stuck if I didn’t want to be.
I learned how to use the mind-body connection to heal.
I learned tools and skills to quiet my inner critic, stop people pleasing, accept and reconnect with myself.
I uncovered my true purpose.
To serve as a guide and coach to empower others to live their best life with ease and joy.
I invested a lot of time, money and energy into learning and working with many different healers and practitioners.
I’m trained in coaching, mindfulness and other energy healing modalities (see below). I have a comprehensive set of skills and resources to offer a holistic and personalized approach to coaching.
I do not believe in cookie-cutter because you are unique.
The most important thing is that it works for you!
“Cindy is the bright shining star of hope for so many people!”
–Britta N., ND
Qualifications & Awards
Dr. Cindy Tsai is a board-certified internal medicine physician in San Diego, CA.
Cindy served as a primary care physician and medical director for years before transitioning into entrepreneurship to make a bigger impact empowering people to take control of their health through both conventional and complementary modalities.
She earned B.A. and M.S. degrees from Johns Hopkins University and M.D. degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Through her own healing journey, she has explored and trained in a wide range of therapeutic modalities and emphasizes wellness and caring for the person as a whole.
- Johns Hopkins University
- B.A. in Biology
- M.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology
- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
- M.D. Doctor of Medicine
- California Pacific Medical Center/
- Internal Medicine Residency
- Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
- Integrative Medicine Fellowship
- Internal Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- Life Coach
- Mindfulness Teacher
- Reiki Master
- Emotion Code Practitioner
- Discover Healing-Certified
- Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner
Recognition & SERVICE
- National Albert Schweitzer Fellow
- Innovation Women Featured Speaker
- Asian Culture and Media Alliance
- Executive Board Member
- Dartmouth Club of Los Angeles
- Board Member
- Ellevate Network
- President, San Diego Chapter
- 6 Degrees Networking
- President, Women’s Cohort
- President, Women’s Cohort
- Women of Dartmouth
Alumni in Healthcare
- National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Diego
- Junior League San Diego
- Make-A-Wish San Diego
Cindy’s first book is out! Stay tuned for more!
Are you ready to feel So Much Better?