Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, menstrual conditions, musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries
Styles: Herbal therapy, trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Acupuncture is weird for most people. I became inexplicably, weirdly sick many years ago, and acupuncture helped. From that point on, I considered acupuncture, “for the weird stuff.” I went off to Japan to save the world, always remembering that transformative experience. Eventually I realized just how transformative, and a desire grew to help people in similarly profound ways in which I was helped. And I learned, and strive to teach, that acupuncture isn’t for the weird stuff—it’s for life stuff.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have this theory called “Kan Bing.” It means standing equal with the patient in looking at the problem. No matter the type of treatment someone comes in for, they leave with not just the treatment but a better awareness of habits, nutrition, body usage, alignment, and any factors that affect their rehabilitation. I’m not just a healthcare practitioner for sickness. I’m a healthcare practitioner for life.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
That “a-ha” moment. People often have a myriad of questions about how acupuncture feels, what it treats, how it works—and these are all fun conversations to have. But that moment, sometimes it’s right off the table—like “oh, the pain is gone”—or it’s a few days later in the quality of sleep, or in the so many tangible and intangible ways treatment benefits a person. Sharing those “a-ha” moments with people and how excited I can get with them, reassures me every time that this is how I want to spend my life.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That acupuncture is “only” placebo. As if placebo were a negative thing, or equal to nothing! Any of my patients will tell you that my acupuncture is not “nothing.” As for negative, offer anyone with an ailment the option of getting better through “mysterious” means with no side effects or “not mysterious” means with side effects. I’ll bet most people will opt for mysterious. In nearly every pharmaceutical study done, there are people who get better with “the placebo.” I’m pretty sure those are the people who have acupuncturists.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I “walk the walk…” in circles! A daily practice of Chinese internal martial arts—Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, and Qi Gong—inform my practice by keeping me aware of the body and how it should feel when it’s healthy, and how it can feel when it isn’t.
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