Chinese medicine is a lot like detective work. It requires a curious, analytical mind and a tenacious spirit.
And because Chinese medicine has aspects of both art and science, it takes a unique combination of knowledge, empathy, and wisdom to be practiced most effectively.
Like a personal archeology, Chinese medicine offers the ability to explore the deep dynamics of the mind & body while looking for patterns, obstructions, and potentials. It can be used directly to alleviate pain and suffering, as well as more globally to stimulate the body’s underlying ability to heal itself. It works extraordinarily well for conditions that are affected by the emotions, for all types of pain, and for the peculiar.
Having lost my mother to cancer in childhood, I have a personal appreciation for the depth of exploration, transformative work, and resilience that people are capable of. My most successful patients are committed to a new approach to their physical and emotional health, even if they are uncertain of how Chinese medicine might work for them.
I welcome people in crisis and transition, and invite them to an ongoing commitment to grow and evolve out of trauma, addiction, and compulsive patterning. My approach is a blend of compassionate acknowledgement and reflection of how my patient’s conditions developed combined with my own strategic perspectives as a practitioner.
Education and Credentials
BA, Psychology – Chapman University, 1994
Shiatsu Certificate – San Francisco School of Massage, 1995
MAcOM, Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine – Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 2002
L.AC. – Licensed Acupuncturist by state regulation since 2003
Dipl.Ac. – Nationally board certified Dipl.Ac. by NCCAOM since 2003
Leadership and Community Engagement
Acupuncture Association of Missouri, Executive Commitee
Vice President - 2013 to 2014
President - 2014 to 2015
The Whole Person, Board of Directors
Vice President and Governance Committee Chair from 2014 to 2016
Community Disaster Resiliency Network with the Mid-America Regional Council
Co-Chair from 2015 to 2016
Brian Phelps Memorial Foundation, Advisory Board Member
VETPAW - Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife
Missouri Prairie Foundation and GrowNative!