Practice type: Private
Specialties: General wellness, infertility, menopause, menstrual conditions, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
My lifelong desire to practice medicine took an Eastern turn when I was studying pre-med and met an acupuncturist through a public health program at which I volunteered. I discovered that I was more drawn to prevention of illness and its aftermath than attempting to resolve more substantial damage via more invasive, costly and potentially harmful interventions, such as the surgery I had intended to pursue. It was an enlightening and life-altering decision that I never regretted.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I strive to give my patients a very personal and comfortable environment to create a positive experience of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, I endeavor to reflect positively on the profession through my ongoing study and teaching in the field which enriches my ability to offer from a well informed and experienced position. My two decades of study, practice and teaching, and bringing a Western background to a very foreign understanding of the human condition, contributes to the bridge between Eastern and Western medicine. I have been fortunate to study with some of the most distinguished practitioners in the field and bring this knowledge together for my patients, some of whom I have been treating for many years as their primary health maintenance provider.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
There are some incredibly tangible rewards of practicing this medicine—for example, when a grateful patient has relief from a chronic pain, or carries a healthy baby to term after much difficulty conceiving—but the intangible comes back to me in so many guises. There are seemingly insignificant instances of quality of life evolving positively, such as when patients experience increased joy, as though the weight of everyday life has been lifted. These kinds of positive experiences often result in referrals from my patients, who awaken in others the possibility of trying another approach to health. It is a type of “paying it forward,” but also gives this wonderful medicine a good name.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it doesn’t work! Many thousands of patients, most of whom I can say something changed and for the better, cannot be a coincidence! Subtle changes can make a tremendous difference in one’s everyday life.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
My goal is to really try to live the balanced lifestyle that I request of my patients. Even though I like many things, I do them in moderation. I always get eight hours of sleep, don’t skip meals and eat organic as much as possible. I walk, do yoga and trade with a personal trainer every week.
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