Licensed Acupuncturist | Registered Nurse
My great-grandmother, grandmother and mother were all gifted herbalists and homeopathic consultants. My upbringing was imbued with an atmosphere rich in health care options and ideas. To pursue my longing to assist people in their health care, I became a registered nurse in 1986. My keen interest in natural healing led me to continue my studies in Western herbology. My passion for herbology compelled me to attend an acupuncture college and begin my studies in Chinese herbs and acupuncture.
After my children were grown I was able to go back to school full time and obtain my master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The program is a state-mandated 3,000 hour, full-time, four-year program. During this time of intense studying, I learned to think in a new and very different way. Since the diagnostic process for Chinese medicine is much more complex, the treatment can be more effective.
I have an extensive and in-depth education because of this combination of a strong Western medical background and the Chinese healing paradigm. This comprehensive background has enabled me to help my patients considerably.
Since I began my practice in 2001, I have averaged about 1,400 patient visits a year and “clocked in” more than 40,000 needle insertions per year. About 30% of my practice is women’s health, and the remainder is general practice which includes pain. I also specialize in anxiety, insomnia, and depression.