Practice type: Private
Specialties: Allergies, general wellness, infertility, menstrual conditions, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Master Tung acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
I developed an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine when I was 12 years old. A little old Chinese man who didn’t speak a word of English used acupuncture and herbs to cure me of an ailment that two surgeries and physicians at the Mayo Clinic were not able to diagnose or treat. Through college (bachelor’s degree in nutrition) and graduate school (master’s degree in physiology), I maintained my interest in Chinese medicine. I knew from personal experience that acupuncture and herbal medicine work, sometimes even when conventional means have failed. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a pre-scientific method that operates according to logic that is foreign to the Western mind. In many cases it defies analysis under the scientific method. But I began to wonder: With my background, might I serve as a bridge between these two very different worlds?
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
My strong scientific background enables me to offer patients a truly integrative medical experience. I maintain strong professional relationships with many of the most highly respected physicians in the central Texas area and I am able to work in conjunction with physicians to enable my patients to find relief from both acute and chronic conditions. In addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine I offer dietary and lifestyle coaching that is focused on practical, easy-to-implement, and inexpensive changes that will dramatically improve the way you feel.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
The most rewarding aspect about my work is taking the time to truly listen to my patients and assisting them in uncovering the underlying causes of their health problems. For many patients who have been suffering from chronic or complex health problems for many years, it is a huge relief to learn that all of their seemingly unrelated symptoms actually stem from a pattern of disharmony that is treatable with acupuncture and herbal medicine.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The biggest misconception I hear about acupuncture is that it is only for the treatment of pain. Although acute and chronic pain are among the most common conditions treated in my practice, Chinese medicine is also extremely effective for other common conditions, such as allergies, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, depression and anxiety.
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
My personal health philosophy is one of moderation. As the mother of three young children I strive to maintain a balance between healthy habits and enjoying life. My family loves fruits and vegetables and spending time being active outside, but we also look forward to occasional drive-through fast food and evenings on the couch watching movies together. I love walking, yoga, and fresh vegetables, but I also couldn’t live without coffee, butter, and the steak that my husband makes on the grill.
305 Londonderry Drive, Suite 3, Waco, TX 76712