A Short Introduction
I grew up on the edge of a forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. As a young child, I cultivated the idea of alternate ways to care for the mind, body, and spirit while watching my father practice yoga and meditation. Since then I’ve followed that interest, studying alternative healing and acupuncture, growing it into a career of helping others discover the power of these practices. In my free time, I garden and enjoy growing various herbs and flowers to keep pollinators and humans happy.
The theory behind Chinese medicine allows for symptoms to be addressed in the context of the ailments the body endures. This means the bigger picture of your health is always considered along your healing journey. Offering a comprehensive style of care enables my patients to work towards goals with support from both Western and Eastern medical traditions.
I believe that individuals have the right to choose their style of healthcare and how they receive that professional care. Access to quality alternative treatments like Chinese Medicine and perspectives strengthens your ability to be proactive about your health needs.
My Education in Acupuncture
I wanted a career where I could help people understand and improve their own health and have a positive experience with an alternative and natural approach. This led me to complete my Master’s Degree at Colorado Chinese Medical University in Denver, CO.
While there I witnessed doctors and clinicians collaborate to provide comprehensive healthcare to their patients. This level of integration and open-mindedness was very inspiring to me. Along the way I learned that the practice of this medicine is a meditation in helping the body and spirit improve upon its own systems, I do not create the healing process, rather I facilitate it.
It is my greatest hope that my patients see me as their personal guide along their wellness journey. Providing education and empowerment for those in my care is of great importance as we work together to achieve their healthcare goals. At the end of the day, I want my patients to have an increased quality of life, see and feel symptoms resolved, and achieve their personal goals.
While working with me, I ensure my patients have the space to feel heard and supported while gaining insight into their own health. Providing a safe place to feel accepted is of high importance to me.
I would like to specialize in…
I am very passionate about nutrition, using food as medicine, and ensuring that if you make the commitment to eat well, you also digest well. It’s very rewarding to help others gain an understanding of their own internal process and see how they become empowered by insights that increase their quality of life.
There is so much discussion about the gut and its role in our lives recently. I believe people have the right to enjoy how they feel after adding food to themselves. Making sure the middle of the body where food and nutrient transformation occurs and is running smoothly is where I like to start when treating most diseases. What we put into our bodies and in turn how we do or do not absorb them is the beginning of all internal medicine.
My passion and training for Chinese herbal medicine . . .
Chinese medicine is an incredible organization of herbal medicine systems that allows for tailoring of specific formulas to your body’s symptoms and ailments. As a compliment to all treatments and self-care, Chinese herbal medicine is a way for patients to experience daily changes that promote healing without disrupting their lifestyle. Together we can focus on one issue or several and address them with a Chinese herbal formula sourced from nature that rarely has side effects.
My favorite herb is…
Bai and Chi Shao, because it helps to supplement and regulate Liver function and can resolve issues in digestion and women’s health. As a gardener, I also love that this plant’s peony flower (white and red varieties) is a beautiful and practical addition to any garden.