Practice type: Community
Specialties: General wellness, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Classical Chinese Medicine, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, herbal therapy
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In my unending quest to find philosophical answers to many questions in life, I turned to eastern studies many years ago. The fundamental and pervasive Eastern philosophy that underlies all of the eastern arts and sciences—that we are part of a greater whole and are meant to function in harmony with it—resonated strongly with me. It has informed all my life decisions to date including my decision to radically change my career from a corporate attorney to practice a medicine that brings me tremendous joy everyday and continues to challenge me to grow in fascinating directions.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I am committed to make preventive healthcare affordable. The moment someone walks through the door I work with them to resolve their initial concerns and presenting symptoms, and then I partner with and seek to empower them to embark on their journey to becoming their healthier selves. I am also on a genuine mission to make “holistic” medicine palatable and understandable, and to reveal what it means to assimilate and incorporate simple yet profound preventive health practices in your daily life.
In addition, my community practice permits me the opportunity to see a wide variety of cases and number of patients, which affords me not only priceless experience but also a unique opportunity to continually deepen my understanding of this medicine everyday of my practice.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
When a patient witnesses and grows to trust their innate power to heal from within.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
What I often hear and relish the opportunity to answer is a variant of these two comments/questions: “Acupuncture can help with that, too?” And, “Isn’t acupuncture that special spa treatment for rest and relaxation?”
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I’ve developed a steady yoga practice for over 13 years. I eat real foods in accordance with the seasons, incorporate more mindful meditation, jump at any opportunity to dance, and practice enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
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