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 and had decided Western medicine was not right for me, 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.
For my post-graduate training at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, I specialized in gynecology, gastroenterology, and dermatology. I interned with the Medical Director of the university hospital's diabetes ward.
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. My practice is predominantly based on Japanese Acupuncture and the Five Channel System of Classical Chinese Medicine as taught by Jeffrey Yuen, my teacher of nearly two decades.
On Mindfulness and Movement
Creating a clinical setting that fosters resourcefulness and self-awareness is critical for your health. To give you an advantage in reclaiming and building your health, I use skills from my certifications in neurolinguistic programming, hypnotherapy and mindfulness. As for movement therapies, yoga and Dao Yin are my passions. They are transformational practices and key treatments for many patients.
To see my background training in mindfulness and movement, click here.
Giving back through teaching is important to me. My students include patients, budding acupuncturists, massage therapists, medical doctors, and laypeople. I learn a lot from them 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.
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. Currently, I am program director for Home Remedies: Community Options Addressing Pain and Stress as part of an innovative multi-agency community initiative to address the growing opioid overuse crisis in our state. Locally, I teach health education classes through Blue Ridge Regional Hospital's Mauzy-Phillips Center, Mayland Community College, the Celo Health Center, and local libraries. 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.