Why I do what I do
I believe that when people are in full physical, emotional, and spiritual health, they make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities. My purpose is to guide you to your optimal balance so that you can achieve your goals with ease and confidence.
My treatment manifesto
I believe in compassion and tenderness first;
I provide care without judgment;
I treat you as I would my friends and family;
I recognize you and work with you as a complex person, not an individual symptom;
I guide you to heal and build resilience naturally;
I support your achieving both short- and long-term health goals; and
I communicate and listen with respect, warmth, and caring.
How I work
I'm passionate about helping my patients learn about themselves and become empowered to make needed changes to restore their balance. I believe in easy and open communication, providing a welcoming experience for all my patients, and ensuring that my patients feel listened to, cared for, and thoroughly supported.
I began my education with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University. After working in the environmental sector for 15 years, I decided to pursue a career in Chinese medicine. I received my masters degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. During my years of study I became a certified massage therapist in shiatsu and was fortunate to study acupuncture techniques and theory, as well as obstetrics and gynecology, with Dr. Robert Johns. I provided over 500 hours of clinical care, including patient treatments at the ACTCM Auricular Acupuncture Clinic and the CIIS Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. I am currently honored to intern with Bob Levine to learn his methods of practicing Chinese and Tibetan medicine.
Outside of providing patient care, I spend my time cycling, climbing, and hiking, reading, taking classes, cooking with friends and family, and spending time with my loved ones.