Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, stress, women’s health
Styles: Community acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Born into a family of health professionals, my interest in holistic healthcare began in 1999 when friends and family members sought support in navigating health issues, some of which were not responding to Western medicine. While I believe the cornerstone to a happy and healthy life are choices made on a day-to-day basis, I became an acupuncturist to aid others in healing with this powerful classical East Asian medicine. I founded Vivacity Acupuncture & Holistic Health Care to provide high-quality and affordable treatment.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
What distinguishes me most from other acupuncturists is my eclectic treatment approach. I studied intensively with world-renowned master acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto. My practice is largely based upon her innovative clinical strategies and incorporates my background in nutrition, fitness and herbology allowing me to utilize the best of both Eastern and Western medicine. In addition to my private practice, I work alongside orthopedic surgeons and therapists in an integrative clinic. In both settings, I am intent upon providing self-care options for people who would like to be proactive about maintaining their health outside of the treatment room.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I thrive on the investigative nature of customizing treatment to each individual. I am driven by getting to the bottom or root of a condition so that my treatments yield sustainable healing. Due to this approach, I typically see a 50-90% improvement within the first three-to-five treatments.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
A common misconception about acupuncture is that it primarily, or even exclusively, treats pain conditions. While it is true that acupuncture is very useful for this, it is a traditional medicine used for hundreds of years to treat every health issue known. Many of my patients initially come to me to relieve pain, but are thrilled to realize that since acupuncture treatment is holistic many other health concerns or imbalances are being alleviated at the same time. This realization often leads to a lasting interest in addressing any other conditions that arise that they previously had no idea acupuncture would be helpful for.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Despite a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing, nothing has had a greater effect on me than living in New York. Life and work in this city places many demands on my health, and it has placed me in contact with a wide diversity of people and myriad approaches to healing illuminating both ancient and modern wisdom. My experiences over the years led me to realize that even seemingly simple choices every day can be significant boosts to your health. I am an avid cyclist, maintain a regular yoga practice, and I pay attention to my diet and lifestyle. I also receive regular acupuncture and bodywork treatments! Generally, I shy away from being overly rigid or fanatical about health and healing because I realize we are all leading different lives.
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