Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
One of the first questions I get asked is “how did I choose to become an acupuncturist?” Well, I can honestly say that when I was a little girl, I didn’t dream of becoming an acupuncturist…because I didn’t even know what one was! Have you ever had one of those moments in your life when things just lined up a certain way? You thought you were going down one path, but then your trajectory changed and you ended up somewhere else, somewhere better…
I grew up in a rural Wisconsin town and at that time there were no alternative health care providers in the area so it’s not something I was exposed to. When I was in college I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field and thought I wanted to be a doctor or a nurse. During my sophomore year I happened to meet an acupuncturist and had the opportunity to work in her clinic for a summer. It opened my eyes to a different way to approach healthcare and really laid the foundation for me for what holistic medicine means.
My philosophy is that it is not about isolating symptoms, but rather taking people as a WHOLE and trying to put their symptoms into context as to what is happening in their lives. Are they working 60+ hours a week and having chronic migraines? You can treat the migraines all day long, but the stress must also be managed for successful long-term treatment of the migraines. Are they under great emotional stress (relationship, job dissatisfaction, spiritual quest etc.) and it’s manifesting as depression or anxiety? Are they eating junk food and binge watching Netflix most days and this is causing them to feel sluggish, fatigued, and have digestive issues? This is what holistic, or as I like to think of it, “whole-istic,” medicine means: addressing a person’s body, mind, and spirit and understanding how they influence each other. Once this piece clicked into place for me, I could never go back to thinking about symptoms in isolation or believing that just giving a prescription to treat the complaint without ALSO addressing the underlying root cause was the answer.
This realization and belief in holistic medicine catapulted me onto a new journey. After I graduated college from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (biology major and chemistry minor) I moved across the country to California,(away from my family whom I dearly love) to undertake an extensive and intense 4 year Master’s Degree program in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-magna cum laude. Which encompassed acupuncture, Chinese herbology, biomedicine, and other healing modalities. I am currently pursuing my doctorate (Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine).
I have been practicing in the Triangle area since 2007 and have seen hundreds of patients during that time with a variety of conditions. Everything ranging from super complex cases with multiple symptoms and systems involved, to people who love acupuncture and just come in periodically for a “tune-up” to feel good or with minor aches and pains. No matter where you fall in that spectrum, chances are good that acupuncture has something to offer.
I would love to hear about your journey and be your holistic medicine cheerleader. My mission is to use acupuncture and Chinese medicine to educate, engage, and empower you to achieve your healthcare goals!
California Acupuncture License
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (acupuncture and Chinese herbology) by National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Reiki Level II
Interned at Rady’s Children’s Hospital and San Diego Hospice