Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist
I help people live beyond emotional and physical pain.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs helped me recover from a very painful gynecological condition. My friend Elyse Tera was in acupuncture school and suggested I come to the clinic for treatment. I got significantly better and no longer needed painkillers.
Acupuncture changed my life. I was inspired to give something back. I had been working in payroll but decided to apply to acupuncture school and focus on women’s health. I chose to study in California where herbs as well as acupuncture are required for licensure.
I obtained my Masters of Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in Los Angeles. As part of my training, I interned with Dr. Daoshing Ni in his very busy acupuncture practice specializing in fertility. I relocated my acupuncture practice from from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007.
My patients say I am a good listener and have a gentle needling touch. Often people who are scared of needles come to see me. If so, I’ll start with a very small number of needles or focus on acupressure and herbs. With children, I always use shonishin (acupressure for children) and will only use needles when the child is ready.
People think acupuncture needles are going to hurt. I really do wish we had a different name for them. I tell people that the needles we use are as thin as cat whiskers. Sometimes they are curious to see the needles but sometimes they are not. I always assure patients that I have a reputation for my gentle needling technique.
I enjoy guiding people on their journey to wellness with the help of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine makes people active participants in their journey to wellness. I enjoy meeting people who used to be skeptical about acupuncture until they try it. I enjoy the moment a fertility patient tells me she is pregnant and then later helping her with labor preparation and birth. I enjoy how quickly children respond to treatment. I am always inspired by the positive attitudes of my patients living with HIV and those with cancer.
Teaching and learning:
Kirsten Cowan of Angelica & Peony and I co-host TCM Talk - a YouTube show focusing on different health issues and how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help. I write in my own blog and also for AcuTake which is a great website for explaining acupuncture to people in a very down-to-earth way.
Continuing Education is required to keep my acupuncture license current and it’s also one of the things I like most about my profession. My advanced training includes:
Pregnancy and Postpartum care with Debra Betts
Certification in Gua Sha by Arya Nielsen
Alchemical Healing with Lorie Dechar and Benjamin Fox (currently working towards certification)