Practice type: Hybrid
Specialties: Anxiety, depression, general wellness, musculoskeletal pain, stress
Styles: Community acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Acupuncture had been in the back of my mind for over two decades, following a series of treatments I had for chronic and debilitating pain. After many years of working in the creative arts, I found myself yearning for a profession that would allow me to benefit the people in my own community more actively and directly. I was drawn to the idea that the insertion of needles could elicit balance and thereby restore health. Acupuncture itself is like an art form, and it honors the capacity for self-healing.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Many acupuncturists choose to specialize, treating only a particular set of complaints. The beauty of this medicine is its ability to operate on so many levels, and to address myriad problems. Acupuncture can impact health on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. I am eager to offer people the possibility for change on any or all of these levels through an integrative approach to healing.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Acupuncture is a dynamic and creative practice. I love that it combines physical technique with intellectual demands. It requires hands-on skill, and an ability to discern a person’s underlying root pattern. Everyone has a unique constellation of issues and particularities, which keeps this work challenging and endlessly interesting. Ultimately, connecting with people and helping them to feel better is the most enjoyable part of my work.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Some people assume that acupuncture is only capable of treating pain. It is of course an excellent method for dealing with both chronic and acute pain conditions. However, acupuncture’s aim is to bring balance and harmony to the whole person. In this way, numerous complaints including insomnia, anxiety, digestive problems, infertility, and fatigue (among others) can be treated successfully with acupuncture.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I strive for moderation and balance, so regular acupuncture treatments help to keep me on track. I exercise my body and mind by walking, running, practicing qi gong and meditating. While good health is high on my list of priorities, so is chocolate! Generally, I aim to incorporate a variety of whole foods into my diet on a regular basis, with the occasional indulgence.
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