Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Allergies, general wellness, headaches/migraines, pregnancy and labor support
Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
While working for a non-profit that offered programs for homeless youth and housed an integrative community health clinic, I was introduced to acupuncture and Chinese medicine. At the time I was also finishing my prerequisites to go to school for nursing midwifery. After my own personal experience with acupuncture, and seeing the large impact it had on public healthcare, I decided to go to acupuncture school instead. The holistic practice and philosophy of the medicine was how I wanted to treat and work with patients.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
For the past 17 years I have worked in a diverse number of healthcare settings, from a physical therapy office to hospitals to community clinics to integrative medical centers. I have worked with many different populations of people whom required various types of medical care. These experiences together have brought me to where I am today, with an understanding of the importance of integrative healthcare and that at the center of it all is the patient.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Working with people to get healthy, feel better, as quickly as possible using a beautiful, simple, low impact medicine.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it does not work. Many people think this, whether due to a lack of experience with acupuncture, not enough clinical trials, or maybe they’re just uneducated about how acupuncture can benefit their health. There are many misconceptions about acupuncture, but this is quickly changing. As the utilization of acupuncture continues to expand as an accepted healthcare modality, people are becoming more educated about the many ways it can benefit their health, and that it does indeed work.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
With balance. At the center of it all is healthy food, organic and local. I am also very active and enjoy cycling, skiing, walking and yoga. Spending time with friends and family, seeing music, participating in my community—these are all aspects that add greatly to my health. And of course, regular acupuncture!
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