Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine comprise an entire medical system that supports the body’s innate ability to heal. Dating back more than 3,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medical theory is based on a philosophy of balance. Acupuncture brings the body back into balance, or homeostasis, by stimulating endorphins and neurons at acupuncture points along meridian lines of the body. Meridians are pathways of energy in the body closely linked to the peripheral nervous system.
When these meridians or channels are stimulated with needles, herbs, and other tools, the body responds by releasing opioids, serotonin, antibodies, and anti-inflammatory cytokines to start the internal healing process. Acupuncture’s activation of the endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous systems is why it is beneficial in the improvement of sleep, digestion, acute or chronic pain, mental health and more. Creating a space for total body relaxation and homeostasis is acupuncture’s best antidote for the stress holding us back from optimal wellness.
What my practice can offer you
My practice places importance on your personal health advocacy and collaboration on the creation of sustainable treatment plans, because let’s face it – there isn’t a magical one time fix – so I’m here to provide stepping stones to a happier, healthier, more calm and productive you.
I like to treat a variety of patients, but my expertise lies both in digestive health – let’s heal your gut – and in treating women from puberty through menstruation, fertility, sex health, pregnancy, post-natal and pediatric care, menopause and beyond.
My Training, Certifications, and Licensure
- Masters of Oriental Medicine, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Dec 2015
- Completion of over 3,000 hours of training (including 740 hours of supervised clinical experience) in Oriental medicine foundational theory, acupuncture point location, diagnostic analysis and treatment strategy, needling techniques, needling safety, medical asepsis and risk management, tui na massage, Chinese dietary therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, ethics and professionalism, Western anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, nutrition, and pharmacology.
- Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)®, through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This is the highest level of national certification possible in the profession.
- Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Certified, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Licensed Acupuncturist in Minnesota, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
- Reiki Level I, Touch of Light Wellness, February 2016
- Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Corepower Yoga and Yoga Alliance, 2010
- Restorative Yoga Certification, Yess Yoga, June 2016