Practice type: Private
Specialties: Autoimmune conditions, digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, insomnia, stress
Styles: Herbal therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
Chinese medicine, to me, represented the best way to fulfill my two greatest goals in life. The first goal is to make the world a better place. Healthy people are the most important building block to a better world! The second goal is to live in a state of inspiration and excitement. While I find all types of medicine fascinating, it was only Chinese medicine that truly captured every part of my mind, body and soul in a way that felt sustainable over a lifetime. With these two goals being fulfilled in my life on a daily basis, I cannot imagine doing anything else with my time!
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I suppose it is my intense focus on Chinese herbal medicine that really sets me apart from the majority of people who practice acupuncture. From the first day of school, it was herbalism that interested me, and I turned out to have a real knack for it. All of my specialized training and most of my free time goes into becoming a better herbalist. While I love acupuncture and have seen it work miracles, there’s no doubt that I’m an herbalist first. Other than that, my patients say that my extensive questioning and unrelenting focus on finding solutions to their problems is what makes me a truly unique and effective practitioner.
It’s also important to me that you know that, because of my varied life experience, I am a great choice for people who find themselves disenfranchised in the contemporary medical environment. In particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender / transsexual and generally gender non-conforming individuals will find a very comfortable environment in our clinic. We are also fat positive, kink positive and open to a WIDE VARIETY of dietary configurations including veganism and vegetarianism. We consider Watershed Community Wellness to be a judgment free zone.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The most rewarding thing about being a medical practitioner is definitely going to bed each night knowing that I’ve made a positive difference in the lives of my patients. However, it’s knowing that these healthy people are more likely to go on and make a positive difference in the world that really sets my soul on fire.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it’s only good for pain. I rarely treat pain in my practice, instead focusing on multi-dimensional chronic diseases that Western medicine has trouble treating. These may involve pain, but are much more than muscle strains or headaches. If there’s one thing I’d like you take from reading this profile it is this: Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that can provide you and your family with care throughout your life.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I start with fresh, varied, delicious food shared with friends and family. Beyond that? I am sure to include movement every day—even if it is just some gardening or a walk around my neighborhood. I also pay close attention to the movement of the seasons and live in accordance with them when I can. Finally, I feel that keeping my mind engaged and interested is one of the most important things I can do to ensure a long and vibrant life. So, I start and build businesses, I read, I go outside my comfort zones mentally every single day. It’s a good life!
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