Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, cosmetic care, depression, menstrual conditions, women’s health
Styles: Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
We have been taught to believe that the answer to health lies in a pill. Medical and scientific advancements are occurring at an accelerated pace, yet we continue to live in a society of individuals riddled with disease. As an employee of the pharmaceutical industry for nearly a decade, I witnessed patients being prescribed medications for every symptom that ailed them, from allergies and reflux to depression and hypertension—and even drugs to offset the side effects of other drugs. Despite physicians’ best efforts, patients did not become well.
I too had become one of those patients who quickly racked up more and more pharmaceuticals in my medicine cabinet. I believed there had to be a better answer, one that went beyond managing symptoms but treated the individual as a whole. So, I searched for such a modality, and I found Chinese medicine.
After I started receiving acupuncture treatments, the drugs in my medicine cabinet became fewer and fewer, as I no longer relied on prescriptions to manage the chronic conditions that I have suffered from nearly my entire life. My body began to heal. I believed that if Chinese medicine could work for me, then it could work for so many more.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Most of my patients would agree that I have a very down-to-earth, practical style. I believe it’s important to discuss all factors of life in order to get to the root of an illness, so I spend as much time with each patient as they may need. I also use a very gentle acupuncture technique. It is important that patients attain health, but also that they feel at ease during each session and they look forward to the relaxing experience.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
It’s incredible to watch a patient walk in the door with stress, anxiety, or pain, and then after the treatment, feel immediate relief. Ultimately, however, it’s most rewarding to be a part of someone’s journey of powerful healing, in which they discover true health after years or decades of chronic illness. Acupuncture is a robust healing modality that can change people’s lives physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
There’s often fear surrounding acupuncture, whether it be fear of the needles or fear of the unknown. The needles that an acupuncturist uses are not the same as the ones that many of us have grown to fear from the doctor’s office. They are tiny, hair-thin needles, and patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that not only do they not hurt but they can immediately induce deep relaxation. In fact, most patients fall asleep during an acupuncture session.
As far as whether acupuncture is effective, there are thousands of published studies demonstrating its safety and efficacy. The World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health have both endorsed acupuncture for pain and a multitude of other disorders.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I have to admit, as a mom of two young daughters, it’s not always easy. My best line of defense is to eat nutritious, organic food. Ultimately, living a balanced lifestyle is the most important factor. Spending time with my family and managing everyday stressors through acupuncture, herbs, and frequent massages are certainly high on my list of priorities.
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