Where have you trained?
I graduated with a master’s in Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Upon graduation, I did a field internship with Jean Giblette??at High Falls Garden, studying the cultivation of Chinese herbs in American soil??( it’s ok, call it “herbs camp”).????I have also studied Chinese abdominal massage in California with Gilles Marin. Over the years, I’ve studied nutrition and herbal medicine, building on my old life as a chef.??Little known fact: I used to be a wedding??cake baker and actually made my own, which was awesome.
Do you have a specialty or favorite thing to treat?
I used to do??triathlons and have been a long-time runner so I really enjoy treating athletes, of all shapes, sizes, with or without injuries! Acupuncture is a fantastic addition to any training program, not only for injury maintenance but also prevention .
What???s your favorite service offered at City Acupuncture and why?
I love that we have an in-house herbal pharmacy and herbal??consultations.??Makes it that much easier for people to get and actually take herbs. Herbal medicine dovetails so well with acupuncture.
Any tips for making the most of a visit to City Acupuncture?
Definitely eat a little something before coming in for your treatment. On an empty stomach,??we have??to pull from your deeper resources during treatment.. So it’s kind of like paying your phone bill with your savings account!
What should a person expect from you when they come in for an appointment?
I see a lot of first-time patients who admit to being nervous and not liking needles, to which I say, it’s totally okay and normal to be skittish of needles! Ours are hair-thin, flexible and if anything, feel like a little pinch when inserted. I do like to explain that the style I practice is looking for there to be sensation, but not like a shot: more like dull, heavy, achey. I’m always sure to explain the possible sensations that are normal and ok to feel, just so people know what to expect.
How do you use acupuncture in your personal life?
My husband does not like needles, and really actually gets pretty anxious during acupuncture. So I really don’t get to treat him that often. However, he has a deathly allergy to peanuts. So once when we were travelling out of the country, he accidentally ate something with trace amount of peanut and started into an anaphylactic reaction.??With ear acupuncture, pressure points and minimal needles,??I was able to calm him, keep his breathing regular, and get him through the worst of the reaction. He did use an epipen, but we didn’t have to go to the hospital. Western + Eastern = still have a husband!