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 frequently traveled back to her hometown for education and family. She also proudly regards the Bay Area as her home, having lived in diverse communities across all corners of the Bay.
Aihua graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology. She graduated from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) with a Master of Science in Nursing and A Registered Nurse licensure. She holds two board certifications - Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and Obesity Medicine Association.
Aihua's healthcare experience spans over fifteen years in a variety of settings, including community health clinics, an eating disorder center and a medical weight management organization. Her clinical practice is grounded on the notion of treating the whole patient and understanding the dynamic balance of internal and external factors affecting the body and mind.
At the Encina Practice, Aihua directs the Four Pillars of Wellness Program, in which patients are guided to develop their own four pillars of healthy living (nutrition, activity, sleep and mindset) as they navigate the ups and downs of life. Through personalized care, evidence-based medicine, and trusting relationship, Aihua works with patients to understand their unique medical needs and life circumstances that challenge their efforts to achieve optimal health. She also provides same-day urgent care for patients to maintain the high accessibility offered at the Encina Practice.
Aihua embraces her own pillars of healthy living. She believes real food, physical activity, and digital detox are the best medicines we can get. Her kitchen is stocked with a rainbow of vegetables and fruits, and serves as a messy lab to experiment recipes that are tested on her husband and kids. She practices mindfulness through jogs in the early morning when traffic has yet to crowd the sights and sounds of nature.
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