My lifelong passion for the healing arts has taken many forms. I was a bodyworker at Esalen Institute for 5 years in the early 90’s where I studied a spectrum of bodymind healing approaches. I feel fortunate to have had such a fascinating and fun foundation! Through the practice of Qigong, I discovered Chinese Medicine and felt immediately at home in its intrinsically wholistic system. I earned a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in 1998 and have been in private practice since then on the Monterey Peninsula. I pursued advanced studies in orthopedics and became a diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics in 1999. In 2000, I was appointed an Acupuncturist Qualified Medical Evaluator by the State of California.
Over the years, I have seen many clients who could benefit greatly by adopting a healthier lifestyle. But it’s not easy to change our habits! So, in order to help my clients further, I studied wellness coaching and became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach in 2013. I find it immensely rewarding to assist my clients to craft a lifestyle that will nourish their well being in myriad ways, for the rest of their lives.
In 2007, I came across research on the health benefits of a whole foods plant-based diet (WFPB). I was amazed that both Dean Ornish, MD and Caldwell Esselstyn, MD had found that this type of diet could not just halt, but actually reverse, arterial damage in people with advanced heart disease. Dr. Ornish more recently showed this diet lowered PSA levels in prostate cancer patients. The more I looked, the more health benefits were apparent so I switched my own diet and began telling others about it. In 2015, I earned a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from eCornell so I could bring accurate information to my clients interested in eating this way.
I am committed to constantly improving my knowledge and skills as an acupuncturist. I’m currently enrolled in a rigorous 2-year Integrative Acupuncture Physical Medicine Program in Santa Cruz and expect to earn a diploma in early 2017.
When I’m not acupuncturing and coaching, I enjoy hiking, jogging on the beach, playing in the kitchen, reading, dancing and Tai Chi. I live with my partner, Al, and my dog, Sammy, in Aptos.