Practice type: Private
Specialties: Skin conditions, digestive conditions, musculoskeletal pain, depression, autoimmune conditions
Styles: Japanese acupuncture (Kiiko Matsumoto style)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I fell into acupuncture as many of my patients have—while on the path in search of options. I was not willing to pursue the treatment that western medicine laid out for my sudden reactive arthritis diagnosis. That’s when I found myself in a tiny little tucked-away acupuncture clinic, waiting amongst the meridian wall charts. It only took one session to have my puffed-up knee and ankle reduce down so I could walk unassisted. It then took only two additional appointments to be able to wear regular jeans and shoes again. Soon after that last treatment, I had the “aha” moment that it was not only my desire but also my duty to further support the medicine by becoming an acupuncturist and herbalist myself. I’ve been happily spreading the word, educating and connecting ever since.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
While most acupuncturists could be described as “unique,” we all have our individual forte. I consider myself an agent of change with a focus on supporting patients as they shift the lens through which they understand their health. This encapsulates physical, mental, and emotional shifts that once in motion, bring people to let go of what was and be present for what is.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love being an active observer and support for my patients. When they recognize and accept their own ability to change and actively take steps to make it happen, I know my job is the one for me. Every day is a new learning experience and a way to be a witness to the intricacies and joys of life.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
“It never lasts.”
I have heard this from various people over the years. I think it neglects several aspects to the healing process:
1. Does the individual want to change?
2. Is the individual taking an active part in the changes they want to see?
3. We all have to show up for ourselves, which can sometimes mean getting out of our own way and letting go of broken thought patterns.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Health is definitely a fluxuative phenomenon. I do my best to stay healthy by putting whole foods in, moving my body as often as possible, and staying hydrated. Even more important, I spend time with others who reflect back a positive attitude, support my strengths, and make me laugh. Our emotional wellbeing can be a powerful medicine on its own. Life really is a blessing, and being grateful for what you’ve got goes a long way.
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