Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, headaches/migraines, infertility, musculoskeletal pain, stress
Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
My interest in holistic medicine started when I was an undergraduate student studying abroad in India. I became fascinated with their holistic approach to healing and how they used food and herbs in everyday life as a form of healing and wellness. My curiosity peaked when I discovered acupuncture. I was immediately intrigued by this ancient medicine and its method of evaluation of wellness. Unlike Western medicine, which often treats the symptom and not the cause, acupuncture and Chinese medicine use a two-pronged approach, treating both the symptom and the cause.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I practice three different styles of acupuncture: Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Kiiko Matsumoto Style. I integrate these three styles into every treatment, giving my patients a very sophisticated, adaptable approach to many disorders. I am well-versed in trigger point dry needling therapy, which is very useful in relieving muscle pain and holding pattern issues in patients. Along with acupuncture I also use manual healing techniques in my practice.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love when people get better! Nothing makes me happier than having my patients get off the table in less pain, or come back saying they had a great, pain-free week! I also enjoy educating my patients about the positive effects of acupuncture and other holistic techniques that can help treat their ailments.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
Many times when I start talking to people about what acupuncture can treat they are always shocked when I tell them acupuncture treats more than just back pain! After explaining how acupuncture is its own system of medicine that has been around for 2000 years, they start understanding why acupuncture can treat everything from infertility to heartburn.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
As far as exercise goes, I love hiking and practicing yoga. I don’t get to hike as much as I’d like, living in a city, so I try to stay active in other ways like walking or biking. I have always been a big fan of fruits and veggies (my favorite food as a child was broccoli!) so it has never been hard for me choose the right foods. I do my best to cook most meals at home and keep junk foods out of the house.
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