I received my first acupuncture treatment in 1989. I didn’t notice a dramatic change at first (though some people do). After six weeks of treatment I felt much better. The symptoms that led me to acupuncture had greatly improved. I also felt calmer, happier, and more aware. I was so fascinated by these changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese Medicine. I discovered that the Chinese view of health and healing made a lot of sense, and matched my own observations.
I began acupuncture school in 1992 at The Traditional Acupuncture Institute, now MUIH. In 1995 I became the fourth Licensed Acupuncturist in Virginia. Other than 8 weeks of maternity leave I’ve been in private practice here in Northern Virginia ever since. I love what I do. I’ve seen incredible things — people experiencing relief after years of intractable pain, women conceiving after years of infertility, clients finding new strength in the face of chronic illness and peace when life is difficult.
Many styles of acupuncture have developed in the thousands of years since it became a medical tradition. My original teachers all taught from the Five Element Tradition, brought to the west via J.R. Worsley. This tradition uses elements in nature as metaphors for particular movements of qi that affect our body, mind, and spirit and treats on a deep constitutional level.
In order to pass the NCCAOM Board exams I also extensively studied the Eight Principle Tradition, also part of TCM, or Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am very pleased to use the wisdom of both traditions, in addition to the wisdom of several other lineages, in my practice.