Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, headaches / migraines, Lyme disease, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Japanese acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
While receiving acupuncture treatments for a hip problem during a particularly stressful time, I realized I was much calmer and focused, so I continued treatments even after the hip pain was addressed. I was surprised when allergy season arrived that I had no symptoms. The concept of addressing imbalance before it manifested in symptoms of illness was thrilling. It became clear that my greatest source of imbalance was my work as a CPA. I was more concerned about my secretary’s neck pain or the office manager’s acid reflux than my clients’ millions. Upon telling friends and family that I intended to pursue a degree in Oriental medicine, I received choruses of approbation. This surprised me. But I soon realized that others had been seeing for a long time what it had taken me much longer to realize—that I was meant to share my passion for wellness.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
Who I am distinguishes me. That is what distinguishes every acupuncturist first and foremost. Acupuncture is an energy-based treatment, so it is important to resonate with the energy and personality of your acupuncturist. Listening was an important part of my prior careers as an actress and then as an accountant in wealth management. Many patients have told me I have kind eyes, but what I think they are really saying is that they feel heard and they see it in my eyes. I am trained in several styles of acupuncture: TCM, Traditional Japanese, Kiiko Matsumoto, and Acupuncture Physical Medicine. As a result, I can choose the style or styles best suited to a particular patient or situation. I allow 90 minutes for the first session and 75 minutes for follow-up sessions, so I am never rushed and am always able to fully focus on each patient.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy helping others on their path, whether physically, spiritually, or emotionally. Acupuncture is an amazing medicine. I find that I leave my office each day rejuvenated because people are being helped in ways that they never even imagined were possible. How many professions can say that?
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
There are two main misconceptions: one, that it hurts, and two, that it is a magic bullet. Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine and people experience a variety of sensations, but not usually pain. Also, acupuncture is very powerful and people may see amazing changes immediately, especially in acute situations. The effects, however, are cumulative and may require several sessions to see real improvement, particularly with chronic complaints.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
While I view health and wellness as a continuing process, I also like to compare it to a three-legged stool. The three legs are physical, emotional, and spiritual—and external. On the physical side, diet and nutrition, exercise, and sleep all are important. I walk, do yoga and pilates, bicycle, kayak, and ski. I eat whole, local foods, and I try to go to bed at the same time every night. On the emotional and spiritual side, I practice a gratitude meditation, spend time with my husband, friends, and my cats, and I sing with a group that performs for hospice patients. On the external side, I get regular massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments, and I go for an annual Western medical wellness exam (physical). When I do not pay attention to any one of these areas, I feel it, in much the way that a stool is crooked or falls over if one leg is shorter or missing!
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