At the age of fifty-six, with an overwhelming need to make a difference, Jewel registered with Samra University, to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1999, four and one-half years later, she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. She went on to pass the state and national boards, and is currently a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, in her own clinic, The Village Health Foundation.
Founder and Executive Director of the Village Health Foundation, a non-profit organization consisting of a complementary medical clinic based upon traditional Chinese medicine, herbal treatments and other methodologies of healing. Subsequently she opened and operated the Vegan Village Internet Café which was an organic and strictly vegetarian restaurant.
Jewel is also a certified NADA Practitioner, which is an ear acupuncture treatment for addictions and post-traumatic stress syndrome. She has 29 years of A.A. recovery.