Practice type: Private
Specialties: Allergies, digestive conditions, headaches / migraines, Lyme disease, women’s health
Styles: Chinese classical medicine, herbal therapy, Japanese acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
When I was very young my mother had to tell me that I would not be able to be a dolphin when I grew up. So I seriously considered the matter and decided that I should become a nurse instead. Much later, I decided I needed the tools to help people root out the causes of physical as well as emotional problems. It took me years to figure how I could do that. Anyone who has had a good acupuncturist would tell you that I made a good choice.
Truly, it was a set of fortuitous circumstances that led me to this path, and I thank my lucky stars every single day. Having the tools and ability to make sure that every single person feels seen, heard, and empowered on their journey is the greatest gift I could have ever asked for. Not to mention all the healing that happens!
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I strive to make the process feel very approachable for everyone. I have a strong background in the sciences, and try to always speak in relatable terms. I also strive to make sure that everyone feels heard and is comfortable with what’s happening. I believe that most people know their bodies better than I ever will, and I always attempt to bring forward and honor this kind of innate knowledge. As an extension of this, I also try to promote deeper levels of body awareness by being very thorough with my intakes. Awareness is a powerful advocate for health.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Everything. I feel like I have the most rewarding job on the planet. What’s not to like?
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it’s only good for certain things. Acupuncture developed as part of a complete medical system—the oldest and most recorded in the world. Chinese medicine, the umbrella term for this system, possesses the tools to treat any condition.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I believe that a good diet, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise, and allowing oneself happiness and moderation is generally enough to achieve and maintain health. I eat a whole foods diet, buy locally when possible, and eat lots of healthy fats and fruits and vegetables. I pretty strictly avoid cane and beet sugar, as well as foods that I know don’t agree with me, because they are all profound contributors to inflammation. I really try to drink enough water, and get enough exercise. I believe in prioritizing emotional health and happiness, and practicing moderation in all things.
3500 Kensington Avenue, Suite B-2, Richmond, VA 24221