These treatments include acupuncture, moxibustion, guasha, tui-na, cupping, and other Traditional Chinese methods.
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My path into healthcare started at Cal State Long Beach, where I studied biochemistry and became captivated by the inner-workings of the body. I enrolled into the premed route and worked at St. Mary’s hospital through an internship with Clinical Care Extenders. I then helped to establish the first neuroscience lab on Long Beach State’s campus. Here, I provided research support in progesterone and estrogen pathways to regulate lordosis through opioid receptors in the female rat. I presented our research findings at the National Neuroscience Convention in San Diego.
I have always been fascinated with the hormonal pathways within the body, but knew there was a limiting factor with the western approach to medicine. I realized that the art of healing comes from an integrated medical approach and decided to incorporate Eastern medicine into my scope of practice. This led me to pursue a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Dongguk University. After graduation, I obtained a certification in Cosmetic Acupuncture.
Eastern medicine not only treats the symptom, or the branch, but also treats the underlying cause, the root. Fixing the root of the imbalance is crucial for healing. Using a natural approach to healing with a grounded scientific background, I created Root and Branch where I focus on tailoring each treatment to the patient’s individual needs.
My treatments incorporate the use of herbal medicine and supplements, while integrating acupuncture, cupping, moxa, tui-na and guasha to heal the person as a whole. Everyone's constitutional makeup is unique and Eastern medicine acknowledges this.
I have always been involved in body mechanics and sports medicine. Given my undergraduate training and my lifelong engagement in yoga, dance, and martial arts, I am very competent with the human musculoskeletal system. I’ve sustained multiple injuries while participating in these activities, and was able to heal them with acupuncture. The combination of my personal experience with injuries, autoimmune complications, and background in traditional Chinese medicine, puts me in a place where I can better understand a patient’s point of view to develop the most effective treatment plan.
Today I attend seminars in continuing education and give talks on using food as medicine, educating the public on eating for your individual constitution and keeping autoimmune diseases at bay. I love the integrative path that medicine is taking.