Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, infertility, musculoskeletal pain, stress
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In high school, I began searching for a more gentle, holistic medical system to treat my own digestive issues and chronic migraines. I read about everything from aromatherapy and herbalism to reiki and guided meditation. After pursuing my love of literature and studio art in college, I embarked on an eight-year stint in the world of advertising. I continued to fill my evenings and weekends with health seminars and scour local libraries and bookstores searching for answers to what was clearly becoming more than a passing interest. After injuring my neck and back in a car accident, it was the addition of acupuncture to my treatment plan that allowed me to achieve lasting pain relief. By 2005, I decided to devote my time to studying this medicine and sharing with others all that I had learned in the previous 13 years so they too could live a happier healthier life.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Part of what distinguishes me from other acupuncturists is the inclusion of additional treatment techniques during an acupuncture session—tuina (Chinese bodywork), medical qigong, gua sha, cupping, electrical stimulation, and plum blossom needling. But more importantly, what I hope my patients feel distinguishes me from other acupuncturists is that they have found a true partner and advocate for their healthcare.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The most enjoyable part of my work is celebrating my patients’ achievements. Whether it is a positive pregnancy test for a previously infertile couple, a headache-free day for a migraine sufferer, or an increased sense of well-being for an anxiety patient, I feel honored to share these transformational moments with them.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
One of the biggest misconceptions I hear about acupuncture is that it only treats pain. While pain is one of the most common complaints I see in my clinic, acupuncture also treats allergies, depression, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, and infertility (just to name a few!).
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I’m at my healthiest when I’m eating a really clean diet (plenty of veggies, fruits, lean meats, healthy fats and lots of water), sleeping 6-8 hours per night, and either meditating or practicing qigong daily. Regular acupuncture, massage, and reflexology sessions keep me feeling great. My body (and mind) respond really well to aromatherapy and Chinese herbs too so I make sure to keep the basics on hand.
5030 Sadler Place, Suite 202, Glen Allen, VA 23060