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My personal experience with complementary and alternative medicine began at a very young age. One of my fondest childhood memories is the smell and experience when going to see the herbalist for earaches and eczema. Through dietary modifications I was able to correct these branch symptoms by focusing on the root of the pattern. This experience highlighted the connection between nutritional choices and my physical and emotional well being. Ultimately, this transpired into motivating me into making conscious decisions about my overall health and well being.

My literal mind was curious to know how it was that what I put into my body would
ultimately have an effect on my physical and emotional wellbeing. I enrolled in anatomy and
physiology and was in complete awe. The more I learn the greater my desire to share my
knowledge with others, leading to my interest in working in health care. I decided to begin my training as a nurse. I received my bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno. I worked at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, NV on the general surgical unit before returning home and working with my community at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, CA on the medical/surgical and orthopedic units.

This was a very exciting time and it was also a very stressful time in my life. The pace that I was going at combined with emotional and physical stress came to a head. I found myself in the ER looking for answers to why my body was failing-I had a schedule to keep up with!

Looking back, I was a product of our modern society; I was burning the candle at both ends and this was the way my body was responding. I had burned up all of my reserves, completely disabling my body’s ability to manage daily stressors. This is when I discovered acupuncture. It was extremely helpful in rebuilding and resetting my system and assisting me in pealing back the layers and addressing the root of this pattern I was stuck in. I almost immediately knew I wanted to return to school and practice Chinese medicine.

I returned to school and graduated from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA, where I received my Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and became a licensed Acupuncturist. My internship focused on Integrative sports medicine and orthopedics with emphasis on pain management. My desire and passion is in providing high quality care and working with all members of the health care team to help elevate others to reach their individual, optimal health.