I began my natural health journey at a young age. My mother is a master gardener and she raised our family on a
largely plant-based whole food diet, much of which was grown in our backyard. I discovered natural foods stores
when I was in junior high school, and one of my first jobs was working at Alfalfa’s Market in Denver, Colorado. I went
on to work in the natural foods industry for many years, learning everything I could about organic and sustainable
food practices, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and natural healthcare; all of which ultimately led me to
explore ‘complimentary and alternative medicine’ as a career.
Coming from a big family with a dentist, a nurse and a physical therapist in the house, I felt drawn to healthcare
myself. I considered nursing or naturopathic medicine, but through a series of events, it was Traditional Chinese
Medicine that captured my attention. I moved to Seattle to study at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental
Medicine, which at the time was one of the leading acupuncture schools in the United States. I earned my Master of
Acupuncture degree with Japanese Acupuncture Certification in 1998 and I have been practicing ever since. In
2004, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Existential Psychology from Seattle University.
As a provider, I firmly believe in continuing my education in an effort to provide my patients with clinically meaningful
adjuvant treatment. I’ve intensively studied Kinesio® Taping, initially with Professional Therapies Northwest in 2012.
I later traveled to Tokyo for the 30th Anniversary Kinesio® Taping International Research Symposium hosted by Dr.
Kenzo Kase, inventor of Kinesio® Taping method. At the conference, I was able to network with practitioners from
around the globe who presented fascinating case research on a wide array of conditions and taping methods. Over
the past several years, I’ve immersed myself in kinesiology, the study of movement. I became a Pilates Teacher in
2018, and earned Personal Trainer Certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2020. I have also
extensively studied and practiced Qigong meditative martial art over the last three decades.
Becoming a healing professional is a life-long pursuit, and I’ve approached it from multiple perspectives because I
believe in a holistic mind-body approach. In over two-decades of clinical practice, I have learned that often a
combination of hands-on treatment, adjunctive therapy and lifestyle change are needed to bring about healing and
to promote ongoing wellness.
My sessions typically incorporate gentle Japanese Acupuncture with a combination of East Asian bodywork
(cupping, gua sha, shiatsu, tui na), Kinesio® Taping and therapeutic health education.
When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy traveling whenever possible, or simply spending leisure time at home in
my garden or with my family and friends. I also love to sing and I am learning to play the guitar.