I am 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
My story begins with the first sentence of this page. I was having difficulty navigating this world. I was showing up for everyone and everything that needed me. It all got a piece of me before I did. As a result, I came to recognize 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 coffee. As a result, I suffered from headaches and also experienced menstrual, back, and joint pain. Emotional and spiritual losses were also a part of my experience. My body was stressed. I didn’t want to struggle anymore. I knew there was a better way to live.
But I didn’t know how. 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.
So, the scavenger hunt began. What was going to fulfill me? What did I need? The answer, I came to find, was to help others. I was devastated. 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. Then I started to understand. The deep desire to help and give back was a strength. It’s what I’m good at. It’s what I love, and it’s what I am passionate about.
BY CHANCE OR LUCK – AND DEFINITELY CURIOSITY – I FOUND AN EDUCATION. ONE THAT WOULD TEACH ME TO GIVE BACK WHILE ALSO GIFTING ME WITH ITS MEDICINE. I CONNECTED WITH ITS PRACTICALITY, ANCIENT WISDOM, AND Application of modern SCIENCE.
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 back to myself, I was able to move beyond my sugar addiction, headaches, menstrual pain, back pain, stress, joint pain, and emotional and spiritual loss.
In between then and now, I’ve learned that to wonder about ourselves is the greatest gift we can give to 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.