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Education and Certifications
- M.S.O.M. (Master of Science in Oriental Medicine) – National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR.
- Certificate in Shiatsu – National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR.
- Board certified in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
- Licensed by the Colorado State Office of Acupuncture Licensure as L.Ac.
- B.A. Anthropology – Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.
- B.A. Art – Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.
Classical Chinese Medicine
I am trained in Classical Chinese Medicine. This differs slightly from the more common TCM in that it is based primarily on the original texts of Chinese medicine, compiled around 2000 years ago. I seek to find the root cause of any particular ailment and will spend time with my patients to fully understand the different aspects of what contributes to their dis-ease. I am also trained in Western allopathic medicine and sciences. I believe that to fully incorporate Chinese medicine into today’s world, we must fluidly connect these two understandings of health and wellness.
With acupuncture, I practice both Japanese style and a more traditional Chinese style. Japanese style acupuncture is profound, yet gentle for my patients. Chinese style is useful for various conditions and patients who are less sensitive to treatments. I have also practiced and studied pediatric acupuncture, or Shonishin, offering children the most gentle of non-insertive treatments (no needles). My primary teachers here, were Bob Quin DAOM and Brenda Loew. Shonishin offers subtle treatments that help maintain a child's overall health and supports their immune system.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
I’ve primarily studied Chinese herbal formulas based on classical texts such as the Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage) and Jing Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet). My primary teacher in this field was Heiner Fruehauf as well as Brandt Stickley.
Bodywork and Shiatsu Massage
I studied Shiatsu for two years of my educational training, under the watchful eyes of Jim Cleaver L.Ac. I love to incorporate these simple massage techniques with my acupuncture treatments, providing more depth and relaxation for my patients.
I have also studied Sotai, which is a very gentle and simple form of bodywork. Sotai can be considered a form of body-movement reeducation, which serves to identify and remove discomfort and stress, wherever it may hide in the body. These are also a great addition to acupuncture treatments.
Additionally, I practice Qi Gong Massage for children with autism. As a fully trained practitioner through the Qi Gong Sensory Training Institute (QSTI), I teach families a simple form of massage that they can use with their children, who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This technique helps a child re-balance their particular sensitivities and better connect with their family, their community, and their environment.
Essential Oils and Aroma Acupoint Therapy
Essential oils add a deeper level to my acupuncture treatments. Aroma Acupoint Therapy, or AAT (as we like to call it) is a gentle, completely safe and yet profoundly effective treatment modality that utilizes the energetic potential locked within pure essential oils. Treatment involves placing particular oils on specific acupoints or reflex zones on the body in order to trigger energetic changes in the individual that will bring her back to a state of balance. Aroma Acupoint Therapy works on the basis of mutual resonance through the systematic and intentional combination of essential oils and acupoints, resulting in a more significant clinical effect than using either of these treatment methods alone.
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Most recently, I've completed the Engaging Vitality training incorporating Osteopathic techniques with acupuncture. This three part course was taught by Dan Bensky, Chip Chase, and Marguerite Dinkins.
Durango Acupuncture Alliance (DAA)
- Program Coordinator
The Durango Acupuncture Alliance is a group of independent, licensed acupuncturists, who have joined together in service to the community, offering their skills and the many benefits of Chinese medicine. As a collective, we provide a weekly community-style acupuncture wellness clinic for individuals experiencing any stress or unresolved trauma in their lives. We use the NADA auricular (ear) protocol. These simple treatments help address symptoms of PTSD, stress, anxiety, trauma, insomnia, and much more.
For more information, you can download their flyer HERE, or call me with any questions: 970-335-8554
Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps (CAMRC)
- Southwest Division - Regional Coordinator
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities. The Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps is the first statewide all acupuncture federally approved Medical Reserve Corp in the United States. We are a group of acupuncturists and licensed health care professionals trained in the five needle ear protocol, known as the NADA protocol, who volunteer their time and services in times of need. We set up mobile clinics during disaster situations and offer free ear acupuncture treatments (NADA Protocol) that help a person to cope better in times of great stress. Our volunteers offer trainings on how to set up clinics in disaster situation, ICS 100/700 Courses, and Psychological First Aide. We are available to provide one-hour educational sessions to those in the community wanting to learn more about what we do. We have partnered with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department, Boulder County Mental Health, and the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.