Practice type: Hyrbid
Specialties: General wellness, musculoskeletal pain
Styles: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), trigger point acupuncture
Why did you become an acupuncturist?
In 2002, after a devastating medical diagnosis followed by a profusion of prescriptions, I began looking for ways to reduce, limit, and/or negate the side effects of all the medicines that were now a part of my daily life. This quest led me to acupuncture, which then opened the door to different styles of exercise, better eating habits and food selections, meditation—in short, a new lifestyle. Having a biology background and personal experience to draw from, I always knew I wanted to help people through some form of healthcare. After 10 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I put my youngest of four boys on the bus to kindergarten and said, “Now what?” Acupuncture was my answer!
What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I am always open and excited to learn about new and different lifestyle options for my patients. I once adopted a gluten-free diet so I could better understand the challenges of my celiac patients. I have practiced tai chi, qigong, martial arts, yoga, pilates, interval training, zumba, and attended boot camps to personally have the knowledge to discuss the pros and cons of exercise options. I have used a nutritionist, personal trainers, and a life coach to find alternative ways of supporting my lifestyle. In short, I don’t ask my patients to do anything I personally wouldn’t do. Because of my own health issues and complex medical history, I am able to relate to a myriad of issues raised by patients concerning both Western medicine and complementary and alternative healthcare. I firmly believe there is a balance between the two and that finding this balance will be unique and different for everyone.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Everything! I am passionate about acupuncture and Oriental medicine and absolutely love going to work every day. There is nothing more satisfying than making a difference in someone’s life.
What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
That acupuncture doesn’t work! I find it frustrating when a patient with a long-term chronic condition uses acupuncture as their last hope, only to try it once and deem it unsuccessful. I am amazed by how many people are willing to commit to an antibiotic treatment, or spend several weeks in physical therapy, but will not afford acupuncture the same patience and time. Another misconception I hear is that acupuncture uses needles so therefore must hurt. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, thread-like in appearance. The assistance of a guide tube is used to insert it into the skin. “Oh, that doesn’t hurt” or “Wow, that wasn’t bad at all” are popular statements heard from first time patients. Here’s a question to ponder: How many acupuncture needles can fit into a conventional hypodermic syringe? Hint: It’s more than 10!
How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I truly try to practice what I preach! This includes a daily exercise plan, sensible eating to maintain a healthy weight, and staying informed to make better decisions. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, chiropractic, and massage are all an integral part of maintaining my personal health. I also see my doctors regularly and have routine blood testing to fully monitor my medications and conditions. Basically I live by the belief, instilled in me by Dr. Casey, that maintaining wellness is far superior to the treatment of disease.
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