Dr. Kari Koslosky is a board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Florida licensed Acupuncture Physician. She has extensive education earning her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene and Associate of Arts from St. Petersburg College, Florida. She has over 17 years in patient care, having gone on to receive her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine with a concurrent Bachelor of Professional Health Sciences from East West College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Koslosky is a proud graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, earning the distinguished Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She completed externships with two highly skilled and respected Acupuncture Physicians in Sarasota, FL. While interning at Acupuncture Healing Center, LLC, as well as The Center for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Koslosky gained invaluable experience in various specialties, including internal medicine, orthopedics, pain management, emotional wellbeing, and herbal medicine.
In addition to owning her practice, she is an active participant in continuing education, and is certified in Acupoint Injection Therapy. With an ongoing effort to blend both Eastern and Western Medicine, seeking new research to provide comprehensive patient education and care is of great importance.
Dr. Koslosky is a member of the Jax Chamber of Commerce, Florida State Oriental Medical Association and National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. She resides in Jacksonville, FL, and enjoys life with her lovable pets. Fitness, health, and nutrition are very important and you can often find her outdoors, browsing local businesses, antique markets and exploring all Jax has to offer.
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost
I didn't always know what I wanted to be when I grew up. In fact, it took many twists and turns (decades really) before my "ah-ha" moment happened.
Taking care of people has always come easily for me. Wanting what's best for others and having an impact on their health comes naturally. I grew up with so many loved ones and friends who were in and out of doctors offices and prescribed numerous medications. As a child I spent a fair amount of time in Western medical care due to a congenital condition. Emotional and physical wellness in regards to addiction and recovery has a special place in my heart, having grown up with one of the most important people in my life eventually overcoming alcoholism in my early 30's.
Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, I graduated from high school with the idea I wanted to be a dentist. I always knew my place would be in healthcare, but wasn't sure exactly where. Two of my sisters were, and still are in the field of nursing, which I thought I'd end up by default. A school counselor introduced me to the dental hygiene profession as a stepping stone to dental school.
Dental hygiene school provided life-long mentors. A very influential instructor and later dear friend, believed in me until the very moment I decided to leave the dental field to pursue Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Through the years, I considered other avenues in the dental field, such as doing my Capstone project in sales, living in D.C. and Northern Virginia as a travel dental hygienist, enrolling in the pursuit of my Master's in Dental Hygiene, and becoming adjunct faculty at the very school where it all began and I love so dearly, Owens Community College, Toledo, OH. While there, the passion for teaching and engaging with the students gently nurtured by heart, but something was missing. My mentor, boss, friend, and inspiration...as she always had said for the preceding 15 years... echoed "you have to do what makes you happy". She was a living example.
I realized clinically, in day-to-day interactions with patients that I was so curious when reviewing their health history. I wanted answers. Something more. I didn't understand why medications with no relief or unnecessary side effects had to be a way of life. I wanted to "get to the root" of what was going on. When I was living in NoVa as a travel hygienist, I experienced practitioner burn-out. My body ached, my spirit was tired, and cyclical things were off. A friend recommended Acupuncture and it had such a profound effect on my mind and body. I felt like myself again.
Would I actually leave the dental field? After so much experience...I didn't want to let my profession down. However I wasn't giving up. Dental health will forever be important to me. It was in that field that I grew as a woman and became who I am today. I learned how to be the compassionate healthcare provider I am, and it taught me everything I know about patient care. I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for my RDH family. It is one of the most respectable and challenging professions and I am forever grateful.
My "ah-ha" moment came to me one sunny day when I was driving down a Michigan country road visiting my dad. I realized that all the conversations and treatments I had in NoVa with my Acupuncturist...was meant to be. Fast forward through all the time, tests, challenges, papers, board exams, late nights, early mornings, and ultimately going the distance...I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I have my own practice which is an absolute dream come true, just a few yards from the beautiful Atlantic coast.
Finally, a bit about Helena Health. My name isn't Helena, although I've realized it sometimes confuses people! 😂 My practice is named after my grandmother, Helen Koslosky, and is dedicated to my family. She lived to be 94 years old and was a huge influence in my life. Healed by her faith (and saved by Western Medicine), I always wished for more palliative ( & preventive) care for her aches and pains. She'd say "my bones ache...I'm not long for this world". She was strong, loving, gentle, witty, supportive, smart, hard-working, and a child of God who never let me down. She comforted me when times were tough and would slip me a $20 bill for no reason, to buy myself a "blouse" (and tell me not to tell anyone she gave it to me) 💚 I miss her often. Naming my practice after her reminds me everyday to never give up. That hard work pays off, and having faith and taking care of people is a gift inherited from her.
At Helena Health, I hope patients can find relief from whatever troubles them. I believe in Western Medicine. I believe in East Asian Medicine. I believe the two compliment each other and should exist together as part of whole body care. Preventing illness is so important to me and that is where Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine really shines. On a final thought, my sister Lisa, grandma, dad, and I were waiting in a hospital waiting room. We were waiting a long time. Grandma looked up, broke the silence and said.."they could at least offer us a coffee and a cookie" ! 😅 During a time of absolute worry and tears she lifted us up in laughter. I look back and realize that moment was all about "balance". Which I promote everyday.
Thank you for being current and future patients at Helena Health.
I am doing what I love.