Practice type: Private
Specialties: Addiction, back pain, depression, headaches / migraines, infertility
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Once my mother dropped out of USC pharmacy school to study acupuncture, our lives changed dramatically. I had been sick most of my childhood, and acupuncture and Chinese medicine paved the road for not only a healthier future but also a healthier now for me. I felt compelled to study acupuncture and herbal medicine myself after experiencing the positive effects first hand and to share it with all I could. I fell in love with treating patients during my internship at South Baylo University.
I wanted to empower and educate patients with scientifically backed self-care techniques in order to cope with the stresses of contemporary life. I was lucky to find the Mind-Body Medicine program through Harvard Medical School to provide these tools. We’ve found that acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and mind-body practices benefit patients in an integrative manner with the support of orthopedic surgeons, pain-management physicians, and reproductive endocrinologists.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Every acupuncturist is different—in technique, in personality, and in specialization. I think it’s important for patients to try at least three different acupuncturists to see and feel for themselves what makes each of us different and similar.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love creating a safe clinical space for patients to enjoy. I love when children ask their parents to come back for acupuncture. I love the fact that acupuncture gives hope to patients with chronic pain, not only decreasing or alleviating their dependence on pain medication, but also allowing them to enjoy the little things in life again. I love that I can consult and treat many different conditions. I am honored to listen to each person’s story. I am humbled by their honesty, and by their compliance and dedication to reach their health outcomes. I am inspired every day that I can work and share my education with others.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
“I’ll try acupuncture if everything else fails.” Acupuncture is often the last thing people try, and ends up—more often than not—being the modality that addresses multiple complaints.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
From a holistic stance, I am mindful to schedule proper attention to creativity, relaxation, exercise, nutrition, sleep, and fostering relationships for my health and everyone around me. I practice qigong, meditation, and yoga.
Where do you practice?
1. At a wonderful fertility center, the Reproductive Fertility Center in Irvine, California, where patients are taken great care of.
2. I volunteer at the Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange, California. It’s such a great clinic.
3. I’m thrilled to be on the hospital staff (provisional) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
4. I also practice at my mother’s office in Newport Beach.
180 Newport Center Drive, Suite 145, Newport Beach, CA 92660