Practice type: Private
Specialties: Anxiety, back pain, depression, stress, women’s health
Styles: Herbal therapy, NADA, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I have always been a helper. I earned a BA in psychology, wanting to become a counselor. Then I discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM enables me, as a mother and as a practitioner, to assess and treat people holistically, using nutritional guidelines, exercise, herbal medicine, and physical therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, and massage. I am so glad to have so many tools in my toolbox to benefit my family and my patients.
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I have a BA in psychology, and I worked for over 10 years using holistic massage to help others to feel better. As an acupuncturist, I incorporate TCM modalities such as cupping and gua sha to invigorate the body on a physical level. As a registered TCM herbalist, I can also help my patients by recommending natural herbal remedies to enhance their healing.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I truly love working with people. I love creating a peaceful and healing experience for them. I love that I have so many different tools, which I use for different types of conditions. For an emotional person needing to release, JSD acupressure works wonders. For chronic pain, hooking up the electrical stimulation machine to the acupuncture needles to intensify the treatment is very effective. I get to be creative with how I approach each patient and pull out the remedies that I feel will work best for them.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That it is not empirically proven. This is a tough one, because as Ted Kaptchuk points out (in a fabulous Ted Talk), the placebo effect is real. It is a part of why the treatment works—and part of why any medical treatment works. Acupuncture and TCM help to boost the body’s own natural healing resources. There are so many ways in which the body heals itself with the boost from acupuncture that it is hard to keep track and difficult to measure.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I have two toddlers. I go to bed early and get up early. I get lots of exercise, lots of laughs, and lots of opportunities to express my frustration. Out loud. 🙂 I spend a lot of time cooking, and planning healthy food for snacks for the family. We eat a lot of local veggies, organic meat, and lots of bone soup. I am truly in love with my husband, and I have an amazing support system with our parents. I believe that love is an active ingredient in a healthy life.
Reach Health Clinic: 102-9710 Second Street, Sidney, BC V8L3C4, Canada