Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, autoimmune conditions, musculoskeletal pain, Parkinson’s disease, stress
Styles: Japanese acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I’ve always known that I wanted to care for others, but it wasn’t until my own profound healing experiences with acupuncture that I knew I had found my calling. For me, acupuncture embodies a holistic and natural way of effectively helping others move towards a happier and healthier quality of life by addressing core imbalances—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I practice a very unique form of Japanese acupuncture that allows me to remove root imbalances and reduce symptoms within the first treatment. This allows me to address very complex conditions that have been treatment resistant with conventional methods or other modalities. I spend time with my patients and listen to their individual needs in order to develop individualized and comprehensive plans of care. My background in psychology, along with my study of other traditional styles of medicine from around the world, helps me to integrate traditional techniques in conjunction with a keen understanding of the interplay of the mind/body/spirit in relation to one’s current state of disease.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love my work because it challenges me to continually learn and refine my skills. It humbles and amazes me of the body/mind/spirit’s profound ability to heal when given the support they need. In addition, I am fortunate to facilitate and see each person become more attuned to their body and gain deeper insight into how to create a sense of wellbeing that carries over into their lives.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
I tend to hear that people are hesitant to try acupuncture because the needles will hurt. Most people imagine the needles to be thick like hypodermic needles. Yet, once I explain that the needles are very thin and inserted very shallowly, causing one to barely feel them, they become more at ease. Additionally, acupuncture tends to be fairly painless, but there may be times when one will feel strong sensations during the treatment, indicating that healing is occurring.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy by getting enough sleep, exercising, eating organic and locally farmed food, and enjoying time with family and friends. As part of my self-care routine, I also receive massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and energy work. Being out in nature is one of the best ways to help me ground and rebalance. Having hobbies helps enrich my life as well. Things such as painting, singing, playing music, writing, traveling, and experiencing new cultures brings me joy and encourages new connections with others.
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