Practice type: Community
Specialties: General wellness, headaches / migraines, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Community acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Ultimately I wanted to help people. My father was a pharmacist, and conversations around the dinner table would often involve various drug actions, new ones coming out, or ones that had been banned due to some of the side effects. I grew up knowing there had to be a better way to address many chronic illnesses and complaints. This peaked my interest in naturopathic medicine and nutrition, which uses food as medicine. However, as soon as I learned about acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a system that supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself while approaching health from an entirely different perspective from Western science, I knew this was what I wanted to do.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
People often comment about my gentle technique and warm, caring presence. Having graduated from Bastyr University, one of the most renowned schools of natural medicine, my educational foundation is strong, in both Western sciences and Eastern medicine. Couple that foundation with the experience of treating thousands of patients from all ages and walks of life, and you can begin to get a sense of what I might have to offer as a practitioner.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The variety, the patients, the subtle cues, and being able to witness the magic that happens on a daily basis.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The biggest misconception has to do with the word “needle.” So many people hear that word and think that it is going to hurt like a shot or blood draw because that is the scope of their experience when it comes to getting stuck with needles. The acupuncture needles I use are so tiny, it’s almost not fair that they are called needles. Patients will sometimes have to check that the needles are in because they hardly felt anything.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
Laughter is the best medicine. I frequent comedy clubs and spend time with people who make me laugh. I also enjoy time outside, whether hiking up a mountain or riding my bike to the store. I also enjoy cooking with (and eating) delicious locally raised, caught, and foraged foods. And of course acupuncture treatments, massage, regular check-ups and occasional spa-days.
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