About

Training

I received Master’s of Science degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, one of the oldest and most rigorous Chinese Medicine schools in the country.  Pacific College believes in giving its students the tools they need to use Chinese Medicine in an integrative health setting. The four year graduate program consists of 3525 credit hours of theory and clinical practice, and includes both eastern and allopathic training.

Eastern

  • Chinese Medical theory
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Tui Na massage
  • Eastern Nutrition

Allopathic

  • Anatomy/Physiology
  •  Basic Pharmacology
  • Internal Disease by Body System (Immune, Digestive, Reproductive, etc.)
  • Orthopedic Injury and Disease
  • Nutrition

Types of Acupuncture Used

In addition to the traditional and auricular acupuncture points, I am also trained in Muscle Motor Point therapy, which is a system of reactive points that help muscles to release from a chronic tension state.

  • Traditional Acupuncture
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Muscle Motor Points
  • Trigger Point Release

Credentials and Associations

  • NCCAOM Board Certified Diplomate Acupuncture,Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Biomedicine (www.NCCAOM.org)
  • Licensed acupuncturist in the state of Colorado (DORA)
  • Board Member, Treasurer, Acupuncture Society of Virginia 2009-2011
  • Board Member, Treasurer, Acupuncture Association of Colorado 2013-2016
  • Treasurer, Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps 2014-2015

My Mission

To use acupuncture and herbal medicine to promote the body’s innate healing system in a safe, drug-free, all natural way.  To create balance and harmony and eliminate symptoms, while teaching people how to heal the root of their issues themselves by using Eastern nutrition, Chinese herbs, and great self-care.

I chose acupuncture because…

The traditional Oriental health care model views health from a different lens than what we are used to, and offers a unique perspective on healing.  It’s an ancient system, with an elegant explanation of health and disease.  Natural laws are applied to the healing arts, and allow for a unified understanding of the entire human being, with all of his interrelated, functional systems. Besides being a fascinating and unique health care system, I chose to dedicate my life to practicing acupuncture because it works.

My Story

I have studied Chinese Medicine for over 10 years, and I know it is my life purpose to offer this service.  I wish my parents had known about the power of acupuncture and herbs when I a kid suffering from asthma and allergies.  Asthma inhalers are a blessing, and I’m grateful they opened my little lungs back up when I had asthma attacks.  Allergies were a more complicated issue for me.  Allergy medication always had side effects.  Sometimes I would be pretty dopey, walking into walls even!  I was still miserable, they never really got rid of all of my stuffiness. My asthma went away as I grew older, but then I had skin issues.  Now that I know Chinese Medicine, I know that the skin is related to the Lung system, and it was a different manifestation from the same root cause.  Later on, my allergies and skin issues became a way I could test the healing concepts I learned.

As a kid, I loved reading my mom’s books about food cures.  They were my first entry into natural health.  I was like a sponge, remembering all the healing properties of different foods.  What ailments they treated, what vitamins they contained.  By the time I finished high school, I knew I wanted to practice holistic medicine.

In college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I explored various fields, such as nurse midwifery, biofeedback, and naturopathic medicine. I found myself taking classes on the history of ancient China, Eastern religions and philosophies, and Japanese art classes, without knowing about acupuncture.  When I was finally introduced to the concepts of Chinese Medicine my senior year, I was immediately hooked.

As I learned about the body through this holistic lens, I learned how foods and lifestyle factors directly affect the body.  Now I knew which foods bothered my allergies, and why.  It all made complete sense, and when I applied the knowledge, I felt better.

As I became more in tune with my body, I realized that there was more at play than the foods I ate.  There were mental and emotional factors that caused me to feel less than optimal.  How does one treat that?  Receiving acupuncture has been very helpful to me, and is the best way I know of to feel balanced and centered when things go awry.  Chinese medicine also offers us Qi Gong, which is a self healing system of meditations, visualizations, breathing exercises, and more.

 

 

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