Practice type: Private
Specialties: Addiction, autoimmune conditions, depression, digestive conditions, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
My feet hurt! And my chiropractor told me to go see one. I thought, REALLY? It was the start of a new journey. I came from a family of alternative health providers and was always interested in natural medicine. When I discovered the effectiveness of acupuncture as a patient, I was hooked.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
My communication. Whether it is with a seasoned patient or a first-timer, I can effectively explain how acupuncture works, what to expect, and why it is important to commit to it.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
It sounds trite, but helping people—especially those who are frustrated by not being helped. Being able to foster a breakthrough in partnership with my patients, and being able to have some laughs along the way. I am passionate about making a difference for people, specifically in helping as many people as possible avoid the use of unnecessary drugs or costly procedures!
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Probably that it hurts. The needles are so tiny! Or perhaps that it is so strange. When you break it down for people, it really is quite simple and it makes sense. Our bodies are a whole and healing system. Acupuncture just helps it do what it is already designed to do. As a practitioner supporting you, I am able to help you remove the barriers that are holding you up from having more vitality and joy out of your life. It is a fun job!
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I keep my word. With myself and others. When it comes to my own health, the latter is most important. Keeping my commitment to maintain my own health is key to helping others. I cannot help put the oxygen mask on others if I am flat on my back.