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I am a natural born healer: I began by doing bodywork on my family as a child and graduated from massage school when I was 21 years old. My entire adult career has been in the healing arts, starting out as a massage therapist and eventually learning and practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I have been practicing Acupuncture and Oriental medicine for over 19 years and most enjoy working with patients holistically, involving the body-mind-spirit, some lifestyle and dietary changes, if appropriate and even personal growth. I have practiced in a wide variety of settings, including starting, operating and eventually selling my own clinic, as a member of one of the oldest continuously running healing arts cooperatives in the country, in a low cost community clinic, on cruise ships all over the world and for other gifted practitioners. I like to incorporate several styles of natural and Oriental medicine into my practice, meeting the patient and their symptoms in the moment with whichever techniques will be most helpful.  

I graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College's Santa Fe, NM campus in 1998 with a Master's of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, (History and Philosophy), from the University of Florida and a Certificate of Graduation from the Florida School of Massage/Florida Institute of Natural Health. In addition to higher education and many years experience practicing Oriental medicine, I have a lot of life experience and wisdom I bring to my practice. I am a breast cancer survivor and have lived with chronic illness. In 2001, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and in 2006 with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Since then, I have researched and experimented with many different treatments, therapeutic diets, herbs, supplements, lifestyle changes, psychotherapy and personal growth, to improve my health. I have helped numerous patients with chronic health issues and various autoimmune disorders to improve their health as well.  

I have traveled and worked with patients and colleagues from all over the world and explored natural healing techniques from different cultures. I have had the privilege of spending several months in India, including some time in ashrams. In my free time, I enjoy practicing pilates and yoga, cooking, walking, sea kayaking, camping, board games and creating "wearable therapy" in the form of Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry.

Alki sunset

one of my Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry creations