Lucy Postolov DACM, L.Ac.
The American dream is often defined by a ‘rags to riches’ story. In Lucy Postolov’s situation, she left behind Russian culture, intelligent and educated family members and career achievement to pursue spiritual and political freedom. Dr. Lucy Postolov was born in 1960 in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, at that time one of the republics of Soviet Russia. By the time she was 23 she had earned her medical degree from Tashkent Medical School and later completed her residency in neurology. Always interested in Oriental Medicine, Lucy received her post medical specialty in Acupuncture and Acupressure. Being a strong willed woman, Lucy yearned for more out of life for herself and her family. In 1989, the government allowed Lucy, her husband Tony, and their 4-year-old daughter Annie to leave the country with two suitcases each – minus any valuables – and $90 per person. With only one distant relative in the United States, they arrived in California with a hopeful eye on an uncertain future.
Dr. Lucy was 29 years old when she arrived in America and she had to begin all over again. Her medical qualifications and those of her surgeon husband were not recognized in the U.S. While Tony retrained as a psychiatrist, Lucy supported her family by working as a lab technician at the California Cryobank. Working full-time, Lucy was also attending Emperors College of Oriental Medicine to obtain her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. Her average week would be eighty hours but she felt fulfilled since she was doing something meaningful.