The inspiration to study traditional medicine came from a story of healing my grandmother, Angie, passed on to me. I have memories of my great grandmother, Nana, who lived a full and healthy life of nearly 100 years. My grandma took care of Nana in her old age. In her early 90's, Nana had trouble walking, and was taken to a local acupuncturist in a wheelchair. After the treatment, she walked out, no wheelchair needed. This story has always stuck with me.
Soon after I graduated from U. C. Santa Cruz, I began working one-on-one as an instructor for children on the autism spectrum. The job became more stressful as I gained more experience and was working with more challenging students. For my own health and stress management, I went to the local acupuncture college for care. The treatment helped me manage stress, improve my sleep, and I felt supported and cared for on a deep level. I had friends through studying yoga who were in the program, and they encouraged me to study traditional medicine. I graduated from Five Branches University in 2013, and love to utilize the art and science of Asian medicine, acupuncture and herbology to support my clients' innate ability to heal. I also hold a 500-hour Certified Massage Therapist certificate in Oregon, and was first certified in California in 2012.
My training at Five Branches University covered over 3,200 hours in both Eastern and Western medical sciences, including herbology, pediatrics, Tuina (Chinese Massage), trigger point therapy, Japanese acupuncture, medical Qi Gong, gynecology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. I also completed internships in mental health, (Mental Health Client Action Network), and at the Healing Collaborative in Monterey with an emphasis on medical Qi Gong, in addition to a winter session in Taiwan at the China Medical University. I specialize in treating digestive and hormonal imbalances, pain, sports and other injuries, as well as maintaining general health and well-being.
When I am not working, I enjoy yoga, hiking, practicing Gong Fu with North American Tang Shou Tao, crocheting, cooking, the ocean and occasional rock climbing. I am available at Pacific Acupuncture weekdays or at your home as needed for individual or community acupuncture. I look forward to working with you!