I care about your well being and will provide you with guidance, knowledge, and the tools needed for obtaining and maintaining health and wellness.
I earned my Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO in 2010. I am nationally board certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture & Chinese Herbology). I am currently licensed to practice Acupuncture by the state of Alaska. I was previously licensed by the state of Florida and practiced in the upper and middle Florida Keys from 2010-2016.
Prior to becoming a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of South Alabama. I worked in the areas of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, corporate fitness and wellness programming and physical therapy.
My clinical experience includes specialties in Women's Health (OB/GYN), Pain Management, Complementary Oncology Care, and Pediatrics. I practice a gentle style of Japanese acupuncture combined with therapeutic bodywork (Tuina & Shiatsu) and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
I was first introduced to Yoga in 2002. I have been a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practitioner since 2010. I have had the privilege to learn and practice this method of Yoga under the guidance of several great teachers; including 3 trips to Mysore, India to practice at its source with the Jois family, both Saraswathi (1 month) and Sharath (4 months).
My goal is to provide quality holistic medical care. Healing takes place naturally via acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, nutritional therapy, and mind/body movement.
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest their patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." ~Thomas Edison
Acupuncture is a technique in which specific acupuncture points on the body are stimulated by inserting a thin needle through the skin. It is one of the practices used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for treatment of various symptoms and diseases ranging from nausea to insomnia and dates back over 3000 years. There have been extensive studies conducted on acupuncture, especially for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. However, researchers are only beginning to understand the effects of acupuncture for various other health conditions. Acupuncture is considered a safe therapy when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile single use needles. Ask me about your specific condition and see if acupuncture is right for you!
Though today we know this list to be more extensive, in 1979 the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following list of common conditions proven to respond to Acupuncture:
Upper Respiratory Tract:
Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
Disorders of the eye:
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Disorders of the mouth:
Post Extraction Pain
Acute and Chronic Pharyngitis
Spasms of the esophagus
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders:
Headache and migraine
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e. within six months)
Pareses following a stroke
Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early sage i.e. within six months)
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)
Today’s science shows Acupuncture can also be used effectively in:
Complementary Oncology Care
Blood pressure problems
Sexual dysfunction (low libido, erectile dysfunction)
Breech position in pregnancy
Induction of labor
Herbal Medicine can treat a wide range of symptoms and diseases using natural plant, animal, and mineral sources. Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Yet throughout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions. I recommend and use only high quality, ethically sourced herbal products.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.
Tuina and Shiatsu are bodywork (Chinese Medical Massage) techniques used to facilitate movement of stagnations and promote healing.
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion.
“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.”
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Aerial view of the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska