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I look forward to working with you to help you find a more comfortable life through a holistic approach to caring for your body and mind. I began to pursue my passion to help people in 1982 when I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science; nursing degree.
Most of my RN-BSN experience was in Critical Care and Open-Heart Recovery. Even though I could assist patients in the hospital by following doctor’s orders and dispensing medications, I found myself dissatisfied. Was this the best I could offer? It seemed the more medication patients took, the more medication they needed to offset the side effects of the others. Hence, over time I became more interested in natural approaches.
I spent many years researching different modalities to find an avenue to help one achieve health and balance. Twenty years later a young family member was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and placed on several heavy-hitting western drugs. I pledged I would find a more natural approach to help reduce the risks of those western pharmaceuticals for my loved one.
My search led me to one of the oldest eastern medicinal practices called TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). I graduated in 2007 with a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, which licensed me as an acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Florida. NCCAOM certified.
TCM encompasses many avenues to balance the body’s own self healing mechanisms. Through the use of moxibustion, herbal formulas, and nutritional supplementation healing and balance is returned. TCM is considered alternative medicine despite its existence over several thousands of years! Modern life presents too many interruptions to these healthy pathways that can lead to “Dis-ease” in the body. Acupuncture can relieve blocked energy and provide an individual with relief from many ailments. Herbal formulas nourish organ systems and move healing energy throughout multiple meridians.
TCM is a specific style of standard Chinese Medicine and is government-sponsored through the People’s Republic of China with national standards. As well, acupuncture is recognized in the USA by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in a wide variety of medical issues. Treatment is based on individual pattern discrimination that varies from patient to patient, that is what makes this style of medicine more individualized and beneficial.
During the initial consultation all signs and symptoms the patient is exhibiting is part of determining the discriminating pattern to find the “root” of the disease process. When treating the root, disease processes begin to lessen and the body’s natural balancing process kicks in.