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Education & Training
Beginning with Zen Shiatsu
My first exposure to East-Asian Medicine was through Zen Shiatsu bodywork. During the transitional years of my freelance designer phase I was seeking out various methods of holistic self-care—yoga, meditation, and the bodywork therapy that somehow manages to infuse the benefits of the two: shiatsu. The philosophy behind this healing art resonated with me so much, I decided to complete the full two year training program at Zen Shiatsu Chicago and became a certified practitioner.
Onward to Acupuncture School and beyond
After a couple of years of practicing as a shiatsu practitioner, I followed the passion for holistic healing to gain an education in Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. There I was exposed to the foundations of both Western and Eastern Medicine through a program fostering an integrative and holistic approach to healthcare.
I trained in various styles of acupuncture, including Japanese Meridian Therapy, and herbal medicine. I completed two semesters as an intern at Chicago Women’s Health Center, which sparked my interest in women’s health. Another formative experience as a practitioner was following one of my mentors, Dr. Lixin Sha in her practice. There I got to see the capacity of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in supporting people in various stages of life ranging from fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care through minor colds and injuries to the more serious health issues patients face throughout their lives.
What drew me to Chinese Medicine is its capacity to treat people on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It never ceases to amaze me to see the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) transformations patients can go through with the help of this medicine.
Overview of My Skillset:
- Chinese Herbal Medicine,
- Zen Shiatsu bodywork,
- Traditional Chinese Medicine,
- Holistic healthcare.
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