Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, headaches / migraines, menopause, musculoskeletal pain, women’s health
Styles: Auricular (ear) acupuncture, Dr. Tan’s Balance Method, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
As a critical care and behavioral health RN, I took care of patients for over 25 years. While working closely with patients and family members in acute care hospital settings, I felt unable to fully bridge the gap of caring for the physical needs of my patients and the equally important mental and spiritual care necessary for complete healing to take place. I wanted, also, to be able to spend more time with my patients. In order to deliver holistic care, I studied acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I believe I can now provide this service as not an alternative to medical care, but as an effective complement to your healthcare plan.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Acupuncture of Powell is a small practice. I see one patient at a time—two on rare occasion—so my focus is entirely on you and your care needs. We both have the advantage of my ability to truly understand both the holistic Oriental medicine and Western biophysical aspects of your health concerns.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I absolutely love seeing my patients heal! It’s very exciting when someone regains their energy and fully engages in their life again. Longterm stress, chronic insomnia or digestion problems, pain and illness… All these things are very draining, and isolation and a dismal outlook too often follow prolonged pain or longterm illness. When a patient with Bell’s Palsy can smile at me, when I get an email telling me that someone has slept all night for the first time in years, when relief of pain allows another to resume distance cycling—that’s what it’s all about! I feel so fortunate to be a part of this.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
I suppose the biggest misconceptions about acupuncture and Oriental medicine are that we simply move one’s energy around. Acupuncture produces biophysical changes. These changes have been documented with fMRI and PET scans. Actual physiological change is effected when you work collaboratively with your acupuncturist.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
To maintain my own physical and emotional wellbeing, I practice healthy lifestyle habits of regular moderate exercise along with yoga and tai chi for stress management, conscious eating, and regular acupuncture for myself. One small change at a time is all it takes.
How long does acupuncture work and how many treatments do I need?
Acupuncture is cumulative. Most initial changes for both acute and chronic issues last a few days, while some acute conditions are easily taken care of with two to three treatments. If you’re struggling with a longterm problem, it will take more time. Each person is so very unique, and so are their treatment plans. During your initial exam and treatment consultation, your acupuncturist will discuss your treatment plan with you.
83 E. Olentangy Street, Powell, OH 43065