Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, stress
Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I had been a patient of acupuncture for at least 10 years prior to going to school for it. As I learned to be more aware of my body, I realized that there is a correlation between the patterns I saw out in the world—climate, social, physical—and those I saw and felt in my body.
I learned to be a participant in my own healthcare, and realized that I am the one ultimately responsible for my own health—not my doctor. That seems like a simple idea, but I didn’t realize how often we put the ultimate responsibility for our health on a healthcare practitioner. I wanted to share this realization with others and help people minimize their reliance on our expensive healthcare system.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I became an acupuncturist after full careers in the arts and business worlds. I have a life experience which has been a real asset when it comes to relating to my patients’ varied breadth of experiences.
Clinically, I use a style which combines Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture theory, Japanese Kiiko Matsumoto style, and motor point acupuncture. This allows me to address root of imbalance, move qi in the meridian system, and release stress and tightness that is stored in muscles.
During a treatment, the patient will be giving me feedback regarding tender points on their body. When those points are clear, we move on to the rest of the treatment. It is a great way to gauge progress within one session. When I release a muscle by accessing its motor point, immediate relief is felt and the patient relaxes, which improves the response to the rest of the treatment.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy helping people heal by working with bodies. We are an intricate combination of machine-like parts but with spirit and energy. I love using needles and my hands to physically guide the body into healing itself. With every patient I help, I also learn a lot about myself.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are actually not so different from our medicine! It’s just in a different language and system of thought.
I would say that the biggest misconception is that all the phrases we use are not exact translations of the Chinese. The Chinese language and system of thought are so different from our own, that the words we’ve chosen to describe it, while they are the best choices available, do not really convey the theory or the idea.
Acupuncture is not just for pain, and it works regardless of whether you “believe” in it.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
My main secret to health (besides getting regular acupuncture!) is self love. I do not have the traditional thin body that most people expect, but I’ve come to love myself as I am, eat the right foods, stay active and engaged, spend as much time with friends and loved ones as possible, and strive for happiness! I believe that staying social, putting my best foot forward, and trying my best in everything I do is the secret to the most fulfilling and healthy life possible.
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