Practice type: Private
Specialties: Allergies, skin conditions, headaches / migraines, musculoskeletal pain, pet health
Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), veterinary acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
After struggling with my own allergies and resorting to acupuncture as a last ditch effort, when my doctors told me there was nothing else they could do, I finally got relief. Three years of being unable to drive because my eyes were so badly affected were counteracted by just one month of acupuncture and herbal treatment. I wanted to be able to help people out of that kind of desperation and into health, as I had been helped.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
In college, my plan had been to go to veterinary school. When I discovered acupuncture and how well it worked for me, I decided to go to vet school and acupuncture school so that I could use natural medicine to treat pets. I was accepted to acupuncture school first. While in school, I apprenticed with a veterinary acupuncturist who taught me all the ins and outs of treating pets. I also learned that I could work with pets without having to go through four more years of vet school! It was perfect—I get to work with pets and people using the medicine I have come to love!
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love when patients graduate from acupuncture treatment. It’s always bittersweet because in this medicine patients and practitioners spend so much time together working toward health. It’s hard to say goodbye when patients are feeling better! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I want my patients to have learned how to maintain the health they’ve gained!
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That the needles are scary. People finally come in because they’re not getting relief for their conditions elsewhere and they’re desperate enough to brave the needles. Then when they get their first needle inserted, nine times out of 10, I’m asked, “Was that it? Is it in?” Yep! Acupuncture needles should be called something other than “needle,” because they are nothing like what we’re used to when we think about needles.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
It’s always a challenge to do all the things that we need to do to stay healthy. I think I’ve finally come up with a formula of diet, exercise, work, family time and “play time” that works for me. And that’s part of the fun in this line of work, getting to help people find their formula for a healthy life!
3701 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Suite G, Portland, OR 97202