After twenty incredibly fun years flying around the world as a fashion stylist, I started to hanker for a different kind of career, along with a desire to give something back. At the time, I was already experiencing great benefits from acupuncture and, guided by wise practitioners, could see that there was a way to live life more healthfully. However, it wasn’t until a search for instructions on how to apply a Chinese medicinal liniment led me to a book on Chinese Sports Medicine, that I had my epiphany. It probably only took a chapter for me to be hooked, blown away by the utter logic and brilliance of the medicine’s theory. I knew without a doubt that this was what I was meant to be doing. I immediately cut back on work and travel, enrolled in acupuncture school, and started down my new path.
I chose to do my three-year Masters degree at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in order to study directly under the founders of both Kiiko Matsumoto-style Japanese acupuncture, and Acupuncture Physical Medicine, two very different styles that are both heavily reliant on palpation to inform and confirm the treatment. Another major draw was the opportunity to study Zheng Gu Tui Na (a system of Chinese medical massage that treats both tissue and bone) with Tom Bisio (the author of the aforementioned book) and Frank Butler (one of my wise practitioners). I went on to complete their program outside of school and have had the amazing fortune to assist in both their clinics. Additional training in Craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation allows me another marvelous compliment to acupuncture. Ultimately, the combined hands-on approach of this broad range of modalities provides my rather down-to-earth and skeptical nature with a very concrete way of understanding what is going on within the patient’s body, and confirming the effectiveness of treatments, regardless of whether the root of the problem is initially emotional or physical.
I went on to study Chinese herbs at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for another two years, and am currently enrolled in a further two-year post-graduate program in the subject. To help tie this all together and balance the physical with the mental, I study the martial art of Ba Gua under Tom Bisio. As you can see, I embraced this vocation with a passion.
New York State licensed acupuncturist
Nationally board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs (Diplomate in Oriental Medicine) having passed the NCCAOM exams for acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and biomedicine.
Zheng Gu Tui Na Certified
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