about your practitioner
I was born and raised locally in Silver Spring, Maryland. After college I worked in accounting and finance for several years before I felt called to make a change.
By the age of 26, both my parents had passed away. My life stretched before me like a giant highway with an unknown destination, and I didn't even have a map. I was lost. I happened to hear a radio program that featured a practitioner of Chinese medicine. He spoke about the importance of creating balance, relaxation, and restoration using acupuncture, Tai Chi, breathing exercises, and meditation. I knew immediately that this balance was missing in my life, and I wanted to learn more.
I kept experiencing moments of synchronicity that nudged me along the path toward Chinese medicine. A chance meeting led to an introduction to a Tai Chi instructor in DC, and then I met an acupuncturist in Florida who informed me that a school of Chinese medicine was only 15 minutes away from my home in Maryland. My best friend, whom I have known since kindergarten, was with me at that moment. She turned to me and declared, “That is exactly what you should do.”
In that moment I laughed, but it was a nervous laugh, the kind when you realize that something serious is about to transpire. My first step was to receive acupuncture treatment, and gradually I found the strength and courage to make big changes in my life.
In 2003 I began my formal studies in Chinese medicine at the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, now called Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). After receiving a master of acupuncture degree, I continued my studies at MUIH, where I completed an accredited program in Chinese herbal medicine. Currently I am adjunct faculty, supervising student practitioners.
Every day I am humbled and honored to carry forth the tradition of this ancient medicine. I am grateful to the many wonderful mentors and teachers who have helped me develop my skills as a competent and compassionate healer. I hope that my patients and students will be inspired, as I am every day, by the powerful practice of Chinese medicine.