I am a licensed acupuncturist and have full diplomat status with the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Previous to receiving my Masters of Science degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and passing the NCCAOM national boards to become a licensed acupuncturist, I received a BA in English literature from the University of Connecticut. From there, I moved to NY and became a personal trainer and have been for the last 20 years. I am certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I have been studying martial arts for over 20 years. My passions are Capoeira Angola,
Muay Thai, Tai chi and Qi gung. I have also dabbled in others martial arts.
On the creative side, I am a long time student of Lily Lodge, a method acting teacher who studied with Lee Strasburg. This technique taught me how to listen on a deeper level and gave me an outlet for emotional exploration. It also demonstrated to me the importance of posture, movement and the body's ability to form physical habits to store emotional responses in muscles, joints and tendons.
I apply my training and experiences from acting and martial arts to my practice of Acupuncture to provide a well-rounded approach that assists in both physical and emotional healing. By combining all these concepts, a fuller and clearer picture can be seen of the imbalances a person is experiencing. This allows me to design a more tailored treatment for each individual, thus giving their body the best chance to heal itself.
It is my goal to help the body restore its natural balance. This will lead to an overall, healthier existence with less pain and stronger immunity to disease. Through this, people can reconnect with who they are, where they came from and where they want to go. I believe acupuncture has a profound ability to do just that. Combining treatments with small lifestyle recommendations and movement suggestions will give a person the ability to make the changes they want to make and lead a healthier life.