Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Back pain, digestive conditions, general wellness, headaches / migraines, women’s health
Styles: Five Element acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
After understanding how research was focusing on pharmaceuticals (rather than on healing), having been in the medical research field, I decided to get into a field that would help facilitate natural healing and give people alternatives for health without side effects. Everyone’s body knows how to heal if brought to the direction of wellness. I strive to help my patients find the best way to go—using acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Zero Balancing, or any other alternative (in my clinic I also offer massage, holistic nutrition, and health wellness coaching). I am constantly learning and working on my doctorate to find the best way for healing.
I also want to make acupuncture affordable, so I am a provider for BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, and United HealthCare. If those insurance companies do not cover my patients, I offer package plans and financing opportunities.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
First, in Maryland, an acupuncturist doesn’t have to learn about Chinese herbs to offer them. I felt it was important to get fully trained and understand how each herb could help, and be able to design a proper plan. I also believe my background in medical research helps me to have a full understanding from all perspectives to meet the patient exactly where they are and find the best way to help them find wellness. In the same respect, I am continually learning to stay on top of the best healing available. My patients find me to be open, understanding, and healing. They find my clinic to be a soothing, calming place with the decorations, sounds, and smells which are all natural, using essential oils.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Nothing could be more rewarding than seeing how you can change someone’s life by helping them rid the pain that is holding them stuck in an unhappy place—whether it be chronic pain or bowel issues, lack of sleep, or anything else that is holding them back from living a fully satisfied life. When you see their life begin to flourish as a result of your guidance, your life begins to flourish more too!
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
With acupuncture, I often hear about fear of needles. Often people think of hypodermic needles, which are hollow with a blade tip, made to cut into tissue and inject or extract something. Acupuncture needles are thin, solid and blunt, made to weave between the cells to reach the qi. They’re comparable to a kitten’s whisker. Twenty acupuncture needles could fit inside the smallest hypodermic needle.
I also see a fear about Chinese herbs. However, this is because people always seek the best deal and go to some back room in Chinatown. These herbs have no guarantee, and in China, pesticides are not regulated. This can be dangerous. Instead, I design a formula just for my patients and their needs. I determine their medications and make sure there are no contraindications with their body or medications, and I tailor the formula appropriately. Also, my sources are tested and FDA-approved.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I get plenty of rest (at least 8 hours per night) and drink adequate water (taking half my body weight, this gives me the correct amount of ounces). I get weekly acupuncture and take Chinese herbs when needed. I eat a regular, clean diet and don’t follow the old out-dated rules of food. Rather, I focus on getting plenty of clean fats and grass-fed or wild-raised protein from animals that have been fed correctly and treated fairly. I eat a variety of cooked clean vegetables and fruits that are not GMO. I also get plenty of exercise and personal social connections.
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