Who I Am and What I Do
On my first day of acupuncture school, I witnessed my professor give a treatment to a stressed frantic student. After her treatment, she was refreshed and happy, and I knew I was in the right place.
I began my undergrad at Colby College in Maine on the pre-med tract doing hardcore pipetting and stoichimonitry in chemistry courses. For “breadth of major,” the college required me to do a dreaded botany course. During “Ecology of Woody Plants”, I traded the lab stool for kayaking on Maine lakes, hugging trees, tracking rhinos, walking on water (floating bog mosses support weight), and studying carnivorous plants. I went from pre-med to Biology: Environmental Science. After graduation and a few years preserving farmland and forests for an environmental non-profit, I still dreamed of going to into medicine.
When I learned that Chinese medicine treats by balance the ecology of the human body, I knew I wanted to be an acupuncturist. TCM offers a holistic ecologic view of the body similar to watershed systems including how mind, body, spirit and psycho-emotional connection are an integral part of healing.
I completed clinical internships at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and the First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.
Using acupuncture, medical qi gong, cupping, gua sha, herbal medicine, and dietary therapy, I help clients reconnect to their own bodies and sense of well-being. I value meeting people where they are to empower them on their healing journey.
I strive to meet clients where they are and empower them on their healing journey. I see my clients’s lives come back into balance with improved sleep, more energy, better mental clarity, and calmer emotions.
I serve on the Board of Directors for CSOMA, the California State Oriental Medical Association.
For play I enjoy contact Improv, embodiment dance, yoga, kayaking, and mountain biking. I rode my bike across the country from Seattle to Maine. I can also be found lying in the sun on my boat home appreciating the water of the bay.