I am a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) living in Durham, NC and practicing in the Triangle. Before moving to Durham my husband and I lived in New York City where I attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and received my MSTOM (Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine). After graduation I spent a few years working at City Acupuncture of NY, a high volume/low cost clinic in the heart of the financial district. While in school I held an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in the HIV clinic and at the NYU Center for Joint Disease. I also spent time in China where I observed clinics in the Beijing hospitals through a program at Beijing University of TCM.
I attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I earned my BFA in Dance and was inspired to move to New York City. While living in NYC I became a certified to teach Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). Though I no longer teach Kundalini, I often use my Kundalini training when offering patients ideas on meditation.
I believe that everyone should have access to health care and the opportunity to heal in a safe, supportive place. I enjoy working with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as women’s issues, immune support, and digestive issues. I believe that healing is best achieved when lifestyle changes occur in conjunction with acupuncture. Each of my patients will have an individually tailored treatment plan that may include dietary changes and finding creative ways to reduce negative stress. Every patient is different so every treatment plan will differ depending on the needs and goals of the individual. It is important to me is that my patients feel ownership and empowerment with their healing process.
I was inspired to study Chinese Medicine for two main reasons. 1. I wanted to help people and 2. I believe in the mind body connection and healing the whole person. Chinese Medicine sees people as individuals and takes all aspects of health into account when treating a person. Mental health is just as important as physical health and they equally influence each other. This medicine addresses both and that is important to me.
I am most inspired by the people I get to treat. The human connection is incredibly important to me and essential to the healing process. Even though I am the one facilitating the treatments, the true healing comes from the patient themselves. Human strength never ceases to amaze me. It is so inspiring to see patients heal and grow and make positive changes in their lives.
If you see me out and about in the Triangle I will likely be playing with my two kids and sweet husband, taking yoga, running, or performing with COMPANY, a modern dance company.
Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I hope I have peeked your interest in acupuncture. I look forward to working with you and assisting you on your journey.