Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Back pain, musculoskeletal pain, general wellness
Styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), tuning forks, trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I was fascinated with acupuncture after receiving treatments from varied practitioners. As a licensed massage therapist, I eventually wanted a more comprehensive treatment modality. This led me to an evening presentation at the New England School of Acupuncture. I signed up that night! I loved my education and training. The history of how Chinese medicine evolved intrigues me.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
As an acupuncture practitioner, my style evolved over time. I was fortunate to have studied with outstanding professors. This was both as a student and then through taking continuing ed courses. I integrated intellect with my strong intuition. This gave me a compassionate, heart-centered, and unique approach to each patient that I treated. My treatment style is based on TCM but encompasses all that I have learned. This now includes using tuning forks on acupuncture or ashi points. Relaxing music is usually in the background. I am also an artist and my treatment space is filled with colorful yet peaceful paintings.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love the variety of people that cross my path. It is awe-inspiring to experience how each individual opens up to such a deep state of relaxation and wellbeing. I am continually amazed and humbled by the practice and results of acupuncture as well as adjunctive techniques such as guasha.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The biggest misconception and fear about acupuncture is that the needles are painful. This used to be frustrating. Now I explain that they are more a kind of filament—they’re solid and separate tissue at a microscopic level, whereas hypodermic needles are sharp, hollow, beveled, and they tear flesh. Once an individual has a needle demonstration and then volunteers to have a single thin needle inserted, they usually feel nothing.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy with lots of good sleep, stretching and exercise, drinking water, and eating healthy foods. Also important is having a wonderful sense of humor, and much gratitude and reverence for life!
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