Practice type: Private
Specialties: Allergies, general wellness, infertility, pelvic pain, weight loss
Styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Many years ago, I became amazed and intrigued with holistic and alternative medicine, which set me on a course to make some life-changing decisions in my own health. That path has guided me not only to my passion of Traditional Chinese Medicine but also to my partner in life and co-founder of Garden Acupuncture, acupuncturist Lisa Metzger. My own experience had become my catalyst to help others, as TCM has profoundly helped with my own health challenges of daily fatigue, depression, and weight loss. Lisa and I take great pride in our occupation, knowledge and ability to offer this time-tested treatment to our community. We are continually humbled by the many success stories of our patients.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Garden Acupuncture practitioners walk the walk and encourage our patients to take the same advice we also live by. With over 40-plus years of combined clinical experience and an unquenchable thirst to continue our education studying with masters in our field—in the states and abroad—we have created a safe and tranquil space for our community to take advantage of all the benefits Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer.
We treat a wide variety of complaints, such as pain conditions, migraines, gastrointestinal problems, stress and sleep issues, but what sets us apart is that we have taken the time to specialize to provide the best care. We specialize in fertility, weight loss, allergies and women’s health issues such as female pelvic pain and menstrual conditions. Our amazing staff and convenient hours ensure a stress-free and successful experience. Plus, we accept many insurances and have easy payment options.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
There is no bigger reward than to bring happiness and health to our community simply by doing what we love. We believe family is the greatest gift and to help people create them is one of our biggest joys.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Acupuncture is only one part of the bigger medical system we practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine, which also includes Chinese herbs, nutrition, and numerous other adjunct therapies such as cupping, gua sha and tui na. A lack of evidence showing the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a common misconception as it is present in thousands of years of documentation clinically by practitioners, testimonials of patients, and in studies done around the world. While there is currently a shortage of comprehensive western studies being conducted, positive outcomes are indeed being verified. We are delighted to see a major shift toward more medical doctors supporting the benefits and outcomes of Traditional Chinese Medicine and working mutually with us.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Do I exercise? Yes. Do I eat healthy? Yes—I’m vegetarian but I won’t force you to be. Do I get acupuncture and take herbs? Absolutely. But being mindful of my current state of health, emotions, choices, lifestyle, family, and environment is what keeps me balanced. I am proactive each day to touch base with where I am, in that moment, and make adjustments as needed. Traditional Chinese Medicine helps guide me in my choices everyday. Depending on what conditions I am experiencing internally and externally, I will eat, move, breathe and take actions accordingly. That is what it is all about! Your life, your health, the seasons—nothing is static and nothing is perfect all of the time. TCM is dynamic and strives to seek balance within your body, mind, spirit, and the greater world. This is why it helps me and my family, and why it can help you.
790A Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215