My personal healing journey began with a fascination for life’s mysteries
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always held a fascination with life’s mysteries. I wished to figure out how the earth is floating in space, or what turns a seed into a sprout. Understanding the world around me brought new discoveries every day. As I grew older, I began to wonder, what about understanding the world within me? This fascination grew into my curiosity of the interconnectedness of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Gaining an appreciation for nature
Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. Before school, my grandfather and I would take early morning walks in the wooded trails behind his home. We’d explore different plants, look for newts along the pond, and breathe in the greenery around us.
This time with my grandfather was special. Our walks informed my deep connection with and appreciation for nature. To this day, we still walk in the wooded trails. He is eighty years old, and his time spent outdoors has kept him young! He has shared with me a tool for grounding: Go outside and look around!
A fascination with Eastern philosophies
When I reached college, I majored in Asian Studies and became fascinated with eastern philosophies for their interconnected belief and approach to life.
Daoism is the philosophy that fascinated me most during my time as an undergraduate. The core teachings of Daoism include living harmoniously with nature and in harmony with ourselves. I learned that Daoism looks to the natural world for guidance in health, and views health as a mind-body connection and interdependence.
When I learned that Chinese Medicine is built upon the framework of Daoism, I discovered an answer I was seeking. A medical system that sees the whole person, and I had to know more!
Discovering Chinese medicine
I spent a term abroad in China where I was first introduced to Chinese medicine. I tried cupping for the first time and felt invigorated after my session. I saw a hospital department designated to treat solely with acupuncture. This is where I first learned about food as medicine and the curative properties of herbs and teas.
How my perspective on health began to evolve
I saw how the culture embraced health principles within many aspects of life. Health was not just one facet of life, but taken into many areas of daily living: diet, connection with nature, meditation, exercise, acupuncture and herbal treatments. I started to think about my own approach to health and the healing opportunities within an eastern approach.
I was offered a position at an Asian art gallery after graduating college. During my time there, I began some health rituals. I changed my eating habits and began practicing yoga. I had a recurring skin condition that western medicine had no answer for, so I turned to Chinese medicine. I saw an acupuncturist who specializes in skin issues. She properly diagnosed my allergic eczema reactions and successfully treated me – I haven’t had a reaction since.
I began seeing this acupuncturist regularly to help with other issues, primarily to treat anxiety and sleep irregularities. After several months when I felt at ease within myself, I asked her if becoming an acupuncturist is something she thought I could do? She said, “Without a doubt.”
My treatments had such a profound impact on me that I decided to learn this medicine and give my time to others seeking their own health answers.
My calling to become a healer became clear
I loved my time in the art community but personally felt a calling toward learning how to be of service to others in the realm of healing. As I moved through graduate school, I addressed areas of my own healing and experienced many shifts spiritually. I have deepened my connection with myself, and my own spiritual awareness through following my intuition and creating daily rituals of self-care.
On this path, I have found people on similar paths with common interests, and I have taken steps to deepen my spirituality. I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
My Approach to Healing
Our bodies are designed to heal themselves given the proper direction and attention. Acupuncture works to restore balance in the body. This means that acupuncture has the potential to treat any imbalance, anywhere, however it may manifest. Understanding this process and knowing where to apply needles is the cornerstone of my treatments. Our bodies are smart, they tell us what they need through presentation of symptoms. I listen to patient needs and observe symptoms to find and treat the root cause of disease and reestablish health.
I value time with my patients to work through releasing stuck emotions and gaining clarity to develop positive perspectives. Whether one is dealing with anxiety, depression, shame, irritability, PTSD, or stress in general, I have seen inspiring changes in wellbeing through acupuncture treatments.
Numerous MRI studies have shown that acupuncture impacts the brain centers responsible for emotions, memory, hormone production, and the fight or flight response. Treatments help to modulate these systems and regulate their processes, generating a more relaxed, less stressed state of wellbeing.
Acute and chronic pain
From overuse to degenerative issues, acupuncture can bring healing to the body. Treatment works to remove blockages within channels and restore free flowing energy (qi and blood) to the areas experiencing dull, aching, tight, sharp, or stiff pain. By promoting the smooth flow of qi, acupuncture reduces the body’s pain response and restores health.
I often supplement treatments with cupping therapy, which can greatly reduce pain by releasing tight fascia. In arthritic pain or circulatory pain conditions, moxibustion, a warming herb, can be used to bring heat deep into the tissue layer to promote cell growth and qi flow.
I am grateful to see the change this medicine brings
Working with my patients is a joy for me. Seeing the impact this medicine makes, however small or great, is always something to be celebrated. Whether patients regain enough mobility to run again or release stuck emotions, I am grateful each new day with what this medicine brings—new opportunities to learn and expand my understanding of Chinese medicine. Sharing this practice is a continuous gift.
A Little more about myself
When I am not practicing I enjoy spending time in nature exploring parks, hiking or paddle boarding with my dog, Bowie. I also enjoy reading a good book with the company of my cat, Mace. I cherish the writings of Rumi, Hafiz, Khalil Gibran, Herman Hesse, Mooji and Lao Tzu. I maintain a vegan diet, and regularly volunteer at several animal sanctuaries. I take time to practice electric guitar and visit art galleries and museums.