Aihua Hu, NP-C
Born in Guangxi, a southwestern region of China known for its scenic rivers and hills, Nurse Practitioner Aihua Hu moved to the U.S. at an early age, and traveled regularly back to her hometown for education and family. She is proud to be a Bay Area local, having lived in diverse communities across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ms. Hu graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. Afterwards, she taught high school abroad at her hometown in China and then returned to the U.S. to do research at a medical device start-up. She went on to study at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and graduated with a Master of Science, in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty.
Ms. Hu became a Family Nurse Practitioner because she cherishes the long term partnership with her patients. This partnership allows her the opportunity to manage their ongoing health issues and more importantly, learn about their unique health needs and empower them to make life choices that positively impact their overall health.
Her healthcare experience spans nearly fifteen years in a variety of settings, including community health clinics, an eating disorder center and a medical weight management organization. Ms. Hu is grateful to have learned so much from the patients and families she cared for. Her clinical practice is grounded on the notion of treating the whole patient and understanding the dynamic balance of internal and external factors affecting a patient's body and mind.
Ms. Hu is nationally board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Furthermore, as an active member of The Institute for Functional Medicine, Obesity Medicine Association and National Wellness Institute, she participates in training and forums to stay updated with evidence-based practices on health promotion, wellness and lifestyle medicine.
Through the Encina's Four Pillars of Healthy Living Program, Ms. Hu works with patients one-on-one to understand their individual habits, health and wellness goals, and provide ongoing personalized guidance in healthy eating, activity, sleep and mindset. In addition, she has the unique role as a nurse practitioner to collaborate with physicians to provide urgent care for Encina patients. Ms. Hu enjoys this position because it gives her the opportunity to practice comprehensive and personalized lifestyle medicine.
On a personal side, she is guilty of mixing her job into her life. She strongly believes food is medicine and that it's not about what we eat but what our bodies do with the food we eat. She loves to try rainbows of fresh foods and experiment healthy versions of "unhealthy" recipes, which are tested on her husband, two kids, and one hungry beagle. She also enjoys exploring the hidden secrets of the Bay Area with her family and the newest apps for nutrition, fitness, and self-care
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