JEN comes from the Chinese logogram 仁. The word is considered the nucleus of all the teachings of Confucius. Over time, it has evolved, and now known to have many meanings, including altruism, benevolence, compassion, human-heartedness, kindness, and love.
The Chinese logogram 仁 is a homophonic combination of the word 亻/ 人 meaning human/person and 二 meaning two. It signifies the importance of having humaneness towards another – how two people should treat each other. Thus, achieving JEN is of particular interest in human relationships and especially true in healthcare due to the values presented in the meaning of the word.
JEN Lifestyle Medicine or 『仁』生活型態醫學 is chosen as our name for two specific reasons: 1) it resonates with our philosophy – we are a practice grounded in the virtues of having meaningful therapeutic relationships with our patients based on lifestyle medicine principles; 2) In 1973, Drs. Te-Huang Lin and Te-Ming Lin, our medical director’s father and uncle, established CHUNG-JEN Hospital in Toufen Township in Taiwan.
Its mission, as represented by its name (CHUNG or 崇 means to honor and JEN or 仁, the perfect virtues in any human relationships) is to provide the best medical care for the underserved population in the rural township. Ultimately, we want to take that same idea and continue with the legacy by providing the best care we can to our patients.
Our logo is an artistic interpretation of the Chinese character JEN/仁. On the left, 亻, the triangle represents the human brain or heart. The rectangle represents the human body with the Rod of Asclepius (rod and snake) inside that symbolizes medicine and perhaps, a different interpretation of healing, with the snake actually wrapping around an acupuncture needle. On the right, 二, the two horizontal bars represent an equal and respectful human relationship that is essential in the wellness journey. The color red symbolizes blood and is associated with energy, strength, and the desire to feel well. The color blue symbolizes confidence, trust, and wisdom and is associated with a calm mind and body. Further, four colors are used to magnify LIFEstyle in our logo. The colorway uniquely represents the four pillars of lifestyle medicine: healthy nutrition, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, and stress management.
James Lin, MD I Medical Director
Dr. Lin is a licensed medical doctor who is board-certified in family medicine. He grew up in a medical family and saw the wonders of modern medicine from a young age. However, it was the close patient-physician relationships that he witnessed his dad have with his patients that Dr. Lin found most rewarding.
Dr. Lin started his healthcare journey in conventional medicine. After medical school he completed a family medicine residency, a geriatric medicine fellowship, and a research fellowship in advanced geriatrics focusing on mobility and falls in the elderly.
During his family medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship, Dr. Lin realized there was an increasing need for a different type of medicine, one that truly focused on disease prevention and health promotion. He also recognized the importance of personalized care where the traditional patient-physician relationship is valued.
The health care system in the United States heavily focuses on disease care. It is excellent in managing acute changes in health in most life-threatening situations. Unfortunately, it falls short in preventing or managing chronic diseases. Many of the chronic diseases we see today can be prevented by simply living a healthy lifestyle. However, most doctors are not equipped with the knowledge or skill to do so or they simply don’t have enough time. In short, Dr. Lin felt like he was managing patients’ illnesses without addressing the root cause.
World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In pursuit of health beyond the absence of disease, Dr. Lin decided to pursue further training to help his patients feel and look their best. Over the next few years, he completed an integrative medicine fellowship (under the direction of Andrew Weil, MD & Tieraona Low Dog, MD), courses in medical and cosmetic acupuncture, lifestyle medicine, functional medicine, herbal medicine, as well as other training in alternative medicine such as reiki and autonomic response therapy.
Dr. Lin has extensive primary care and chronic disease management experience in both academia and large healthcare settings for 15 years. He is a successful clinician as well as an educator. Aside from his clinical duties, Dr. Lin has taught medical students and family medicine residents at Morehouse School of Medicine. He also founded the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) Program at Morehouse School of Medicine with funding from the Weil Foundation. After he relocated to Seattle in 2013, he continued to teach Swedish Medical Center family medicine residents and geriatric medicine fellows.
In early 2019, Dr. Lin decided to create a practice grounded in the principles of integrative lifestyle medicine. His passion is to help committed patients restore and optimize health, wellness, and natural beauty. His goal is to work with patients with wide variety of health concerns, to identify the underlying root causes of their health problems, and to address each problem with an individualized solution.
Currently, when Dr. Lin is not seeing patients at JEN Lifestyle Medicine, he is taking care of frail elderly patients in various post acute care facilities in the Seattle area and vigorously learning from the best in his field so he can continue to deliver the best wellness therapies to his patients.
- Medical Director, JEN Lifestyle Medicine, Bellevue, WA
- Staff Geriatrician, 6M Geriatrics, Seattle, WA
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Washington Academy of Family Physicians
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- The Institute for Functional Medicine
- Family Medicine Residency, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine
- Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics, Atlanta VA Medical Center
- Integrative Medicine Fellowship, University of Arizona School of Medicine
- Structural Acupuncture for Physicians, Harvard Medical School
- American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, Level 1 & 2 with Michel Delune, MD
- Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran, MAc, LAc, LMT
- MeiZen Cosmetic Acupuncture with Martha Lucas, PhD, LAc
- Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Changes, Harvard Medical School
- Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, The Institute for Functional Medicine
- Facial Cupping Rejuvenation, International Cupping Therapy Association
- Chief Resident, Family Medicine Residency, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Associate in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Director of Integrative Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Associate Medical Director, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, Grady Health, Atlanta, GA
- Medical Director, Caroline Kline Galland Home, Seattle, WA
- Staff Geriatrician, Swedish Residential Care Team, Seattle, WA
Sarah Morgan, ARNP I Aesthetic Consultant
Sarah is a licensed advanced registered nurse practitioner specializing in adult geriatrics who is interested in natural skin care and holistic aesthetic procedures.
Sarah was born in Yakima and grew up in a healthcare oriented family. Her upbringing fostered an interest in the “whole person.” After she graduated from Loyola Marymount University studying communications and Spanish, Sarah worked in a healthcare based non-profit organization. There she realized how much she wanted to provide direct patient care so she returned to school to pursue her Masters in Nursing at Vanderbilt University.
While she loves taking care of complex frail elderly patients, Sarah also enjoys learning about skin care. Growing up, Sarah always struggled with very sensitive skin. She suffered through acne and eczema in particular. She had seen many dermatological specialists and tried many available products and medications and the results varied.
Ultimately, her vegetarian diet and holistic lifestyle led her on a journey to learn about natural skin products and how to improve skins appearance through non-invasive procedures and lifestyle medicine principles.
Sarah is a busy practitioner. When she is not taking care of her geriatric patients in a skilled nursing facility, Sarah hopes to help patients at JEN Lifestyle Medicine to enhance their skin’s natural beauty whenever possible. When Sarah has free time, she loves to spend it with her family and her dog Penny.
- Nurse Practitioner, VA Hospital, Tacoma, WA (American Lake)
- Aesthetic Consultant, JEN Lifestyle Medicine, Bellevue, WA
- Master of Science in Nursing, Vanderbilt University
- American Board of Aesthetic Medicine
- Registered Nurse, St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Murfreesboro, TN
- Nurse Practitioner, Swedish Residential Care Team, Seattle, WA
What to Expect
Is Dr. Lin a licensed physician?
Yes. Dr. Lin is a fully licensed physician (MD) in the States of Washington and Georgia. He is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in Family Medicine. He practiced medicine in primary care, geriatrics, and integrative medicine for 15 years before creating JEN Lifestyle Medicine in 2019.
Is Dr. Lin a primary care physician?
No. While Dr. Lin initially trained and practiced as a family medicine and geriatric medicine physician, he does not provide primary or acute care services at JEN Lifestyle Medicine. He will work with you closely as a health consultant. He strongly recommends that you have a primary care physician.
Does Dr. Lin ever prescribe prescription medications?
Yes. While Dr. Lin will try to use natural and less invasive remedies as much as possible, he is a fully licensed physician (MD) and can prescribe prescription medications when necessary.
What is integrative medicine?
The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine defines integrative medicine as a healing oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle including mind, body, spirit, and community. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
What is lifestyle medicine?
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine defines lifestyle medicine as the use of evidence-based therapeutic lifestyle approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic diseases that are all too prevalent.
Am I eligible for integrative lifestyle medicine consultation?
You are eligible if you are over 18 years old. You have reviewed the information in our website thoroughly and understand that JEN Lifestyle Medicine does not accept insurance. You are open to the idea of changing your diet and/or making other lifestyle changes related to physical activity, sleep, and stress.
What medical conditions do you not treat with the integrative lifestyle medicine consultation?
We do not treat mental illness and psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorders, eating disorders, moderate to severe anxiety or depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD; Lyme disease; mold exposure and toxicity; heavy metal exposure, detoxification, or chelation; HIV/AIDS; cancer. Dr. Lin is an integrative lifestyle medicine generalist and these are conditions that he is not specialized in.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of traditional Chinese medicine that involves superficial skin or tissue penetration with thin disposable needles. This process alleviates pain and improves physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing by improving energy or qi flow via body’s meridian or energy channels. This is now widely practiced in the U.S.
What is medical acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in western medicine (MD, DO) that has had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both (as in integrative medicine), to treat illnesses.
What is cosmetic acupuncture?
This is a non-invasive treatment that involves using acupuncture to improve skin and fight the aging process. It can help reduce wrinkles and eye lines, diminish age spots, and rejuvenate dull skin. For the face, it is sometimes referred to as “acupuncture facelift.” For the abdomen, it may help tightening abdominal muscles, stimulate weight loss, and improve digestion.
For this program, we will only focus on one protocol at a time. During the course of treatment, we encourage you to make appropriate lifestyle changes. Most treatment courses require 10 sessions as well as additional sessions for result maintenance.
Is acupuncture painful?
Some people describe a slight tingling feeling when the thin needle is inserted. Many report they don’t feel the needles at all. Most say acupuncture is actually a relaxing experience.
Are there any side effects from acupuncture?
Side effects are uncommon but may include dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Sometimes bruising may occur. In general, it is safe with minimal risks when performed by a trained physician.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes, it is safe. And for those who are fearful of needles, we offer laser acupuncture (without needles).
Are acupuncture needles reusable?
No. Acupuncture needles are sterile, one-time use only. There is no risk of disease transmission.
Why don’t you take insurance?
JEN Lifestyle Medicine does not accept any insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. We fully understand the financial challenge this may present to some patients but insurance companies are more focused on the conventional model of care that relies on prescription medications and medical procedures as opposed to preventative and wellness services. Further, the average insurance-covered visit with a physician is less than 10 minutes.
JEN Lifestyle Medicine or 『仁』生活型態醫學 is chosen as our name for two specific reasons: 1) it resonates with our philosophy – we are a practice grounded in the virtues of having meaningful therapeutic relationships with our patients based on lifestyle medicine principles; 2) In 1973, Drs. Te-Huang Lin and Te-Ming Lin, our medical director’s father and uncle, established CHUNG-JEN Hospital in Toufen Township in Taiwan. Its mission, as represented by its name (CHUNG or 崇 means to honor and JEN or 仁, the perfect virtues in any human relationships) is to provide the best medical care for the underserved population in the rural township. Ultimately, we want to take that same idea and continue with the legacy by providing the best care we can to our patients.