I was first introduced to acupressure when I was a child suffering from motion sickness. A friend told us about "Seabands," a special acupressure wrist band that stimulates an acupuncture point called PC-6 or "Neiguan" that treats nausea. Years later I began to have neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches and trouble sleeping that I associated with stress and too many hours in front of a computer. Regular acupuncture helped me to manage my stress and as my symptoms began to subside I decided to enroll in acupuncture school.
I chose acupuncture over psychology and med school because it works for me personally, and because it gives me the opportunity to spend more time with people. I'm an avid reader and researcher, always looking for new ways to improve my health and the health of my clients. I'm also a long-time meditator and enjoy hiking and swimming.
I am a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and nationally board certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. I'm currently completing a post-graduate doctoral program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. I'm trained in acupressure & massage, acupuncture, herbal medicine, therapeutic exercise, diet/nutrition, and health coaching.
My own health journey has informed my practice by teaching me about managing chronic stress and related sleep problems and digestive complaints. I have special training in pain management and managing chronic illness with herbal medicine and Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA). I care deeply about my own health and the health of my clients.