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About Myself

After years of training in numerous modalities, I‘ve developed an approach to health and wellness that embraces all levels of being. I’m dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, emotional, and spiritual transitions in the most efficient and transformative way.

I've been practicing Chinese Medicine for over 20 years, nationally certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM), and board certified by the California Acupuncture Board. After completing my training in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1996 from ACTCM in San Francisco, during the months studying for Acupuncture boards, I discovered the practice of Breema, and have been a devoted practitioner and instructor from that time on.

In addition to maintaining a private practice since 1997, I've been practicing community style acupuncture for over six years - first at Petaluma Community Acupuncture clinic and then at Bhakti Wellness Center and Northeast Wellness in Minneapolis. Through these experiences, I've become committed to this style of practice, providing care in a comfortable group setting at accessible rates to serve a broader community. 

Most recently, I've become interested in Functional Medicine and have completed a yearlong course with the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine. I now include consultations in my practice, offering an integrative approach that combines the best of East and West.

I am dedicated to supporting people to reach their optimal health and vitality. I see each modality that I practice—Acupuncture, Acutonics, Breema, and NET—as a means of tapping into the inherent wisdom of the body, pointing the way to a deeper level of balance and harmony. I am experienced in treating a wide range of issues, including digestive complaints, hormonal imbalance, anxiety, depression and addiction, as well as chronic and acute pain or injury.

My Approach

The aim of alternative medical practices is to restore the body, mind, and emotions to their natural state of balance and vitality. My approach in healing work acknowledges the wholeness and wisdom of each individual’s physical, mental and emotional being. As human beings, we are in a constant dance with our environment, responding to both outer and inner influences. To maintain equilibrium, we move between organization and disorganization, constantly seeking a state of deeper harmony and balance. There is an inherent wisdom in our response to any given circumstance. This wisdom can become clouded, though, when the system becomes overwhelmed or develops conditioned patterns that no longer serve. We may begin to misinterpret new and changing circumstances, losing the ability to respond. The state of disharmony that results may be one of depletion, excess, or stagnation.

In my practice, three aspects of healing are emphasized:  nurturing and tonifying depletion, releasing excess, and circulating and moving stagnation. Through this process of releasing, moving, and nourishing, we allow that which is vital and harmonized to express and manifest in our lives. We come to move, feel, think, act, experience and respond to life more fully and directly with greater ease, awareness and adaptability.

Special Training

Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM): Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA

Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics

Certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor

Certified Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner

MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine: American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, CA

MA in Asian Civilizations: University of Iowa

BA in Asian Languages & Literature: University of Iowa

Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine


Other interests

My interest in Asian culture began three decades ago with the practice of Aikido, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, deepened as I studied Mandarin and lived in China for two years, and found expression in the practice of Chinese medicine and Japanese taiko and dance. Outside of the clinic, I devote myself to instructing Breema bodywork, dancing, drumming, learning new things, and spending time in my backyard—the Russian River.

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