Massage is my first language of the body and Chinese Medicine is the deepening of that conversation. I am an acupuncturist, bodyworker and Chinese herbalist. I began my hands-on career as a massage therapist in 2000 after graduating from East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, OR. After working five years as a massage therapist, I knew that I needed to learn Chinese Medicine after experiencing the magic of acupuncture. My Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM).
For me, the two disciplines influence each other. While I no longer do massage only appointments my acupuncture treatments are a luxurious 75 minutes which allows for me to provide a complete treatment experience.
After graduating from OCOM, I traveled to Nepal with the Acupuncture Relief Project to work in community style acupuncture clinic. When I returned I worked several years in a clinic that specializes in fertility. My most rewarding experiences are when a patient gets pregnant or when they give birth. I am very familiar with reproductive medicine and have walked though the process with many women in my practice. I have also done acupuncture for IVF transfers at both Oregon Health Sciences University and Oregon Reproductive Medicine.
Other settings I have worked in include a chiropractors office, sporting events, an integrative health clinic, a hair salon and a brief stint at Nike. One of my favorite “offices” was doing treatments on the beach in Costa Rica during a yoga retreat. Through it all I have always maintained a private practice so that I have the flexibility to connect to my patients on my own time.
Learning a passion for me and I have a lot of different influences. I love anatomy so in addition to my massage training I have done advanced studies in Sports Medicine acupuncture, cupping, gua sha and Mercier Therapy. I enjoy helping people heal from accidents, injuries and surgeries. To further my interest in Chinese Herbal Medicine I am studying with Sharon Weitzenbaum through the White Pine Institute to deepen my practical herbal skills.
In March of 2018 I moved from Portland, OR with my husband and young son to Bucks County, PA. I am seeing a few people a week as I settle into the area.