I’m a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM), Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and Herbalist. I also educate patients about dietary therapy from both Eastern and Western perspectives.
Live a Life of clarity, Fulfillment, and Health
What would it take to live a life like that?
I was having difficulty navigating this world. I was showing up for everyone and everything else that needed me. It all got a piece of me before I could receive myself. As a result, I began feel a deep sadness. The occasional yoga class, and night out with friends were routine and unfulfilling. My 9a-5p corporate job left me bored, and curious about a better life. Whatever “better” actually meant.
Beyond feeling unfulfilled and bored, I also began to recognize other issues. I was addicted to sugar and caffeine. As a result, I suffered from headaches and also experienced menstrual, back, and joint pain. My mental and emotional state were buried in sadness and confusion.
I was ready to run away. Anywhere but where I was had to be better. While basking in my woes, a wise woman told me, “Wherever you go, there you are.” In that phrase and in that moment, I realized I didn’t really want to run away. I wanted space and time to run towards myself. To give back to me. To feel full of life again.
Thats when the scavenger hunt began. What was going to fulfill me? What did I need? What brought me joy? What did I love? The answer, I that came to me was devastating. It was to help others. This was the opposite of what I wanted. My world was difficult to navigate because I was giving all the time.
I spent weeks denying the answer. Certain there was an alternative. Another path for me.
Then one day I began to understand. The deep desire to help and give back was a strength. It’s what I’m good at. I do love it, and it is what I am passionate about.
BY CHANCE OR LUCK – AND DEFINITELY CURIOSITY – I FOUND AN EDUCATION. ONE THAT WOULD TEACH ME TO GIVE WHILE ALSO receiving the gift of MEDICINE.
During the five years I attended Chinese Medical School, I gave back to myself more than I ever had. In between 40 hours of class time and working part-time, I received care from multiple physicians of Classical Chinese Medicine. From their work and my own willingness to give to myself, I was able to move beyond my sugar addiction, headaches, menstrual pain, back pain, stress, joint pain, and emotional and spiritual losses.
In between then and now, I’ve learned that to be curious about ourselves is the greatest gift we can offer ourselves. It is the gateway to fulfillment and health.
Read more about my journey in the blog post “How I Got Here.”
I am a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM), Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and Herbalist. Within my scope of practice, I also incorporate dietary therapy from both Eastern and Western perspectives.
I received my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions in Asheville, NC. During my time as an intern at Daoist Traditions College Clinic, I completed more than 860 hours of clinical practice, where I treated more than 400 patients suffering from acute and chronic issues. Additionally, throughout the four-year program, I completed classes in Western Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Essential Oils, Stone Therapy, and Qi Gong. I am also a certified Usui Reiki practitioner.
One of the most valuable aspects of my education was the opportunity to study under the guidance of several seasoned practitioners, including Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest.
In his teachings, Master Yuen bridges the gap between Chinese medicine and our modern conditions and challenges. He provides practical guidance to simple and complex cases. My time spent studying with Master Yuen encouraged me to treat my patient’s symptoms while also addressing the root cause. This can be achieved with one or multiple systems of care, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary, therapy, movement medicine, and general health education.