Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Upper Body Specialty: Pain Management, Emotional Health & Skin Disorders
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Specializing in Upper Body Conditions, Skin Conditions and Emotional Health
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With more than five years and over 3,500 hours of training in acupuncture therapy and herbal medicine, I have worked extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese-style Acupuncture and Sports Medicine Therapy. Dedicated to the integration of acupuncture and Western medicine, I specialize in treating conditions affecting the upper body.
I am a 13-year military intelligence veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves. I specialized in neurolinguistic programming, interviewing and face reading before focusing on a career in Traditional and Integrative Medicine treating the upper body. I am a member of the American Society of Acupuncturists, the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the California State Oriental Medical Association.
I am a board-certified licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, with certifications in Collagen Induction Therapy for collagen production and cell turnover, Micro-Needling and Nano-Needling anti-aging treatments, Cosmetic Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture.
I specialize in Gentle Acupuncture Therapy for Acute and Chronic Pain Management, Neurological Disorders, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Opthalmic Conditions, Emotional Health, Weight Loss Management and Dermatological Issues.
Service to others has been my life's theme- I served my country in the U.S. Army for 13 years before deciding to become a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
What truly inspired me to become an Acupuncturist was experiencing first-hand the benefits of traditional medicine. I suffered from several repetitive motion injuries from my jobs- first from running injuries from the military, then shoulder and neck pain from being on the computer at a desk for 45+ hours a week. At my very first acupuncture session more than twenty years ago, I saw inflammation from my shoulder bursitis decrease immediately after I got off the acupuncture table. After that experience I knew holistic medicine was going to be a part of my life.
I love treating first-time acupuncture patients! Most of my patients feel totally relaxed during their treatment and many fall asleep on the table. Afterwards, they usually report feeling better, calmer and more focused. Sometimes patients report a feeling of heightened bodily awareness.
The most common concern about acupuncture is the fear of the needles. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin, stainless steel and disposable, and aren’t anything like needles that are used for immunizations or for drawing blood. You will feel the acupuncturists's fingers on your skin, and while you may feel some sensation as the needles are inserted, it’s not described as painful. Some sensations you may feel have been described as:
Heavy—as if a weight is being placed on the area, but is perceived as calming, not oppressive.
Achy—an initial achiness at the site of the needle, which typically dissipates in seconds.
Electric—a quickly disappearing jolt related to the location of an acupuncture pressure point and the nerve that lies underneath it.
Tingly—acupuncture points can cause tingling at the site and through the body.
Warm—a pleasant feeling that spreads around the acupuncture point.
The bottom line is that while acupuncture can sometimes cause some unusual sensations, it shouldn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable. If it does, let your acupuncturist know right away so the needles can be adjusted.
How Do I Prepare For My First Acupuncture Session?
Set Aside Time Before and After Your Appointment
When scheduling your acupuncture appointment, try to avoid engaging in too stressful an activity before or after your session.
Bring a List of All Your Current Medications and Supplements
As a precaution, it is important to bring a list of all your current medications and supplements, particularly if herbs will be a component of your treatment. This is because there are certain herb-drug interactions that can have harmful effects. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and blood thinning medications, including Warfarin, may fall into this category.
Eat an Appropriate Amount Before Your Appointment
Make sure to eat a light meal or snack approximately two hours before your appointment. Try not to eat too big a meal, as this may cause you to feel uncomfortable during your appointment. The other extreme should be avoided as well- You risk feeling lightheaded if you go to your appointment on an empty stomach.
Wear Loose-Fitting, Comfortable Clothing
If possible, wear loose-fitting clothes on the day of your appointment. This will make it easier for the acupuncturist to place the needles in the right places.
Avoid Caffeine Before Your Appointment
Because it is a stimulant, try to avoid consuming caffeinated beverages and substances before your acupuncture appointment. Caffeine increases your body’s fight-or-flight response, something which acupuncture seeks to lessen.