Beyond good and bad, there is a field. I'll meet you there. —Rumi
You Talk, I Listen, We Learn
Every new patient remarks how uplifting and encouraging our first session is. Imagine how you'll feel as you say what is on your mind, share your experience, ask questions and get an empowering perspective and tools to address your health concern! During and after a treatment, most patients feel relaxed and at ease. Often pain is alleviated and proper functioning is set in motion at the first visit.
Your Initial Visit: Awareness is the Key to Change
A 90-minute initial consultation ensures that I am able to properly assess the factors affecting your health or causing illness and offer effective treatments and lifestyle practices for you to achieve your short- and long-term health goals. Once we've settled on a suitable treatment plan, we can do an acupuncture or movement treatment if time allows.
For consultation and treatment choose a 60-minute visit
In some cases a 30-45 minute visit would be adequate and appropriate when you want just a consultation or if you are receiving treatment more than once a week. Please ask me to book that appointment for you.
For Infants and Children
Children have always been a significant part of my practice. Kids love coming to my office because I engage them in the conversation. Older children feel empowered when they understand the root cause of their health concern and discover how they can help themselves. My manner puts babies and toddlers at ease.
For acute issues like respiratory or digestive problems, children's symptoms tend to improve quickly—within hours. For chronic issues, outcomes are influenced primarily by lifestyle practices, such as diet and environmental factors. To address behavioral or emotional issues, children and teens receive tools, such as mindfulness practices, that help them understand themselves better, improve focus, build self compassion and lead to new choices. Working as a team, we decide what treatment option is acceptable to them: acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, herbs or tuning fork treatment.
Within your scheduled visit, you can choose from:
Trying to arrive at the medical decision that is best for you is challenging. There are a lot of options to sort through and sometimes there's an urgency to make a decision.
Working together, we can weigh the value of each option relative to your lifestyle and condition. Medical counseling is a valuable aid when making healthcare choices. Options range from minimally invasive treatments such as massage or acupuncture to more invasive practices such as surgery. If your decision is to proceed with prescription drugs or surgery, I offer coaching so you won't get caught with unexpected complications or side effects. We'll also explore lifestyle strategies and natural medicines to facilitate post-surgery rehabilitation and help you minimize dosage or shorten the time on medications.
Food and Lifestyle Coaching
I am a firm believer in the old Chinese Proverb, "You plant that kind of seed, you nourish that kind of root, you'll harvest that kind of fruit." Lifestyle choices impact our health. Foods and flavors can enhance your overall good health. In addition to diet, we'll discuss lifestyle strategies that you can embrace to reach your current and long-term objectives.
Acupuncture and Related Techniques— People want to know: How does acupuncture work? What does it do? Asian medicine focuses on the energy that powers our bodies. There are many types of energy according to Asian medicine that determine how easily and efficiently an organ functions or a joint moves. Energy affects our temperature and metabolism, spirit and mental state. Acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, acupressure and other Asian medicine techniques work with that energy to regulate and restore proper function, promote circulation, support mental/emotional health, and relieve pain and tension.
Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils
Did you know about 40 percent of our pharmaceutical prescription medicines come from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds? Throughout history, humans have used plants, minerals and animal products to treat illnesses. Asian medicine practitioners have long-recognized the value of herbal medicines to address both the symptoms and root causes of health issues.
Movement and Breathing
Movement plays a vital role in our overall well-being.
For over 25 years, I have been helping patients rediscover physical and emotional freedom through movement, such as Dao Yin Therapeutic Exercise and yoga.
Mindfulness has become a central focus in my practice.
Decades of research has shown that cultivating an awareness of your present experience by noticing your breathing, thoughts, emotions and environment is has a powerful effect on the mind and body. Through practice you can learn to direct or change your energy, allowing healing as well as personal growth to take place.