Before I tell you about myself, I must tell you where I began.
I would say my interest in healing began at a very young age, with my quest for spirituality and love for plants.
My grandmother knows plants. I remember, as a child, walking her property and she would name all the plants, trees, bugs and animals we passed. Her green thumb guided her, and my love for her guided me. My passion for herbs comes from those memories.
My spiritual journey is.... as most journeys are, complicated, personal, winding, gripping and ever evolving. When I was around 5 years old I asked my Aunt, what is God? My Aunt brilliantly answered "God is everything, God is the grass, the plants and the trees..." This colored my understanding the Divine. And further prompted my quest for aligning myself with nature and the Divine presence. Naturally this is how my healing journey began. My love for the creatures of the world (plant and animal) combined with my thirst for understanding my connection to God sent me further along my path.
I moved to Florida to earn my undergraduate degree and while there began my journey with yoga. My teacher was well versed in Ayurvedic medicine and by her I was introduced to alternative medicine. Yoga taught me the physical aspect of prayer. Praying with my body resonated with what I knew was true, each cell of my body was made to worship. It taught me to take care of my vessel, cultivate my spirit and heal naturally.
After graduation, my path lead me to the study of Classical Chinese medicine. The National College of Natural Medicine was my destination. What was taught at this school, in combination with the beautiful people that composed my class, was what I had been preparing for my whole life.
My philosophies on healing have been painted by my life experiences. I am most thoroughly convinced that I am only a conduit for the divine healing and I am guide for you on this healing journey. This is a key difference between the way good Chinese medicine is practiced and how western medicine is currently practiced. We do not have a magic pill that will "fix" you, my goal is to stimulate your own body’s resources. Chinese Medicine requires you to think, work, awaken, pray, grow, move, and change. This is a healing relationship. It behooves you to participate in it.
I have a Masters degree in classical Acupuncture from the National College of Natural Medicine. I studied Classical Chinese herbs with Heiner Fruehauf, acupuncture, moxa and sotai massage from Bob Quinn and pulse technique from Brandt Stickley. My internship was done at NCNM's on site clinic, Outside-in and Mercy and Wisdom. Outside-in is a clinic focused on homeless youth and Mercy and Wisdom is a clinic for low income individuals. Those clinics allowed me the opportunity to see and treat very sick individuals, usually without traditional western health insurance. It gave me confidence in the healing power of this medicine and of the human soul. Click to see a list of what the World Health Organization says is treated by acupuncture.