What's a science-loving person doing in a place like this?
I discovered Eastern medicine and acupuncture as part of my personal journey into health more than 35 years ago. Although I was initially skeptical, I was intrigued after experiencing excellent results for a chronic condition that I was unable to resolve through Western medicine. Many of my patients report this to be true for them as well.
Since I was seeking a career in medicine, I started reading The Web That Has No Weaver, a book that demystifies Eastern medicine. It changed my perspective on medicine and opened a door to a new way of thinking. Based on ecological principles and common sense, Eastern medicine captured my attention and drew me in. Applying its practices has changed my life for the best. I expect it to do the same for you.
In 1994, I earned a Master’s Degree in acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, WA. Over the three years in Seattle, I studied directly and frequently with notable practitioners: Sharon Wiezenbaum, Kiiko Matsumoto, Stephen Birch, Richard Tan, Stephen Brown, Jeremy Ross, Dan Bensky, and Eliot Cowan. I am nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. To become more versed with Eastern medicine traditions and learn from revered practitioners, I spent several months in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, interning in gynecology, gastroenterology, and dermatology. I have in-depth didactic and clinical training in Japanese Meridian Therapy and Hara Diagnosis, and Classical Five Element Acupuncture. I continue enhancing my knowledge and versatility through continuing education in Classical Chinese Medicine with leaders Master Jeffrey Yuen and Heiner Fruehaf.
Creating a clinical setting that fosters resourcefulness and change is critical for your health. Therefore, I use skills from my certifications in neurolinguistic programming and mindfulness to give you an advantage in reclaiming and building your health.
Giving back through teaching is important to me. My students include patients, budding acupuncturists, massage therapists, medical doctors, and laypeople. I learn a lot too! Since 2004, I have been a faculty member at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts guiding students through clinical supervision and didactic courses. To influence the direction of the Eastern medicine studies at the college and nationally, I was Assistant Academic Dean and Dean of Students from 2007-2011, and a clinical-safety trainer for the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Locally, I teach health education classes through Mayland Community College, the Celo Health Center, and local libraries.
Looking Forward: Innovative Healthcare and Health Education
A firm believer that awareness and education are keys to promoting wellbeing, my mission is to champion individual and community wellbeing through health education programs. I partner with local health agencies to provide grant-sponsored health education classes based on complementary and alternative medicine. I look forward to seeing you at one of my classes!
To make an appointment or for more information on my services, click here or call 828-536-9030.