Practice type: Community acupuncture
Specialties: Anxiety, depression, general wellness, stress
Styles: Community acupuncture, Five Element acupuncture, nutrition and dietary supplementation
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In many ways I feel like this field chose me. Growing up macrobiotic and practicing yoga as a child with my grandmother, I had been exposed to alternative health all my life. Over the years, in dealing with my own pain and struggles, I found Traditional Chinese Medicine to truly heal my emotional pain as well as the bodily manifestations that came along with it. In amazement from my own healing, I have completely embraced this form of medicine and ever since have wanted to share it with others.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I’m curious and I always look deep as to why an individual is experiencing the symptoms that they are. My goal is to help someone become deeply connected with their authentic self. I want to peel away the layers of negative self talk and doubt they may embody, so that they can blossom into the free, expansive, and happy person that they are. I believe we need to nourish ourselves in many different ways. Taking time to rest and relax, engaging in activities that fill you with a passion and a zest for life, and truly connecting with others in your life.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love connecting with others—this is one of the reasons I chose to open a community health clinic. I love being able to share our stories together and for my patients to know that I’m here to support them. In addition, I feel it is such a gift to be a part of their healing path. I have had the great fortune to have been supported by some amazing practitioners throughout my life. Now that I’m a practitioner, I can honestly say it is equally as rewarding of an experience to be on the other end.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That acupuncture only treats pain. Acupuncture treats so much more with wonderful results. Stress, over thinking, worrying, sleeplessness, digestion, and low energy are just some of the things that I find TCM can help with. Prevention of illness is another big one. We’re here to help you stay healthy!
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
How I treat my patients is also how I treat myself. I believe it’s so important to give myself the time and space to nourish myself. Yes, sometimes life gets out of hand, but I always come back to this. I love to dance and practice yoga as often as possible. I also love to eat delicious foods that make me feel great. I regularly give myself ample time to sleep each night (between 8 and 9 hours). And I always treat myself each week to indulge in something fun.
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