Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Anxiety, digestive conditions, infertility, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Scalp acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I became interested in natural healing in the early eighties. I saw an acupuncturist who helped me with some menstrual issues I was experiencing and was fascinated with the changes I saw within my body. In the early nineties, the closest acupuncture school was three hours away. At that time I had three small children and a husband who traveled, so I decided to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant. Then after my children were grown I went back to school to fulfill my personal dream. Having a career as an acupuncturist is very rewarding!
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I’m a compassionate person with great listening skills, and I am a very good note taker. I review all the signs and symptoms frequently to direct or redirect my patients’ individual treatment plans. It’s like being a detective, looking at all the clues to solve the disharmonies, whether in the mind, body and/or spirit. Having a background in physical therapy also distinguishes me from other acupuncturists, along with the knowledge of trigger point therapy.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Interacting with people—I’m a people person! Listening carefully to their stories, letting them express how they feel, allows us to develop a trusting relationship. It is wonderful to see people relax and let go of their stressors. Acupuncture is most rewarding when patients come back with smiles on their faces to say their pain/numbness has significantly decreased, they had the best night sleep in six months, they were able to pick up their grandchild, or they’re pregnant!
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Acupuncture in most cases is not a magic bullet. There have been times when a single trigger-point treatment for an acute muscle strain has given a person significant relief. However, in most cases, six-to-ten sessions are needed to feel changes within the body, mind and/or spirit. It is important to realize that each acupuncture treatment builds upon the previous treatment by regulating the energies of the body’s organ systems. Giving acupuncture a chance to work within the body can make all the difference in achieving a healthier outcome.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Whether I’m in New York, Pennsylvania or New Jersey, my health is important to me. I walk, attend yoga classes, hike, kayak, snow shoe, cross-country ski, read or laugh with friends and family. Cooking and eating nutritious foods and supporting local farmers are very important to my husband and me. Also, massages or chiropractic treatments, or receiving acupuncture, are part of the monthly rewards I give myself.
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