Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Allergies, anxiety, digestive conditions, general wellness, cancer support
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
After spending over a decade as a research scientist, I had an “ah-ha” moment. I realized that in order to help a whole person, I needed to stop focusing on individual cells. Studying immunology and physiology gave me such an appreciation for the human body, but Chinese medicine continues to give me a deep gratitude for life in its entirety. My background gives me a unique skill set of being able to bridge the gap between Western and Chinese medicine. I always knew I wanted to make a difference; I just didn’t know how. Now I have a clear path and purpose.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I believe having a connection with your practitioner is imperative in the healing process. We talk about many different issues, from bodily functions to emotional roller-coaster rides. I pride myself on being open, approachable, understanding and honest. I consider myself a partner in my patients’ journeys to get back to a place where they live life to the fullest. With my guidance, my patients not only feel better physically but also have new tools to ensure they stay that way. I strongly believe in educating my patients about their bodies, how I’m utilizing Chinese medicine to help them, and suggesting lifestyle changes.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Every day I get to spend time with amazing people who inspire me to learn more and teach more. At my core I am a problem solver, and each person is a puzzle for me to put back together. I enjoy the challenges and the struggles along the way, but I love that moment when a patient looks at me and says, “thank you.” I feel lucky to get so much personal satisfaction from my job.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
I get frustrated when someone says, “I’ve tried acupuncture once, and it didn’t work.” Many people are looking for a magic bullet and give up after a single try. Acupuncture is an additive process; it will take a commitment and multiple sessions. Yes, plenty of times after just one treatment the results can seem magical, but you should still keep on the treatment plan your acupuncturist has set out for you. Conversely, don’t give up after one session if you didn’t experience a miracle. Usually, we’re running a marathon not a sprint.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I’m an adventurer, whether trekking a mountain, wandering the streets of a new city, or tasting a new food. While doing an internship in China, one of the doctors I observed “prescribed” more dancing to a patient. Since then, I’ve learned the Texas Two Step and love it. I believe that having variety in our lives keeps us excited and passionate about the future.
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