Why Chinese Medicine?
I first tried acupuncture when I was an undergrad at CU and a bad relationship breakup left me feeling anxious and unable to sleep at night. I was concerned at the expense of the treatments initially, but after 8 acupuncture sessions resolved my anxiety and insomnia and helped me work through my grief, I was convinced it was worth every penny!
That success piqued my curiosity and my subsequent research revealed that acupuncture can successfully treat so many health concerns: seasonal allergies, pain, sugar cravings, fatigue, memory problems… even the common cold virus I seemed to get every winter. I was surprised to learn that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is taught at the prestigious medical schools of Harvard and Stanford, and I uncovered a huge body of data validating the health benefits of TCM.
Acupuncture stopped seeming “woo-woo”, and became an intriguing opportunity I didn’t want to pass by me. I started seeing my acupuncturist whenever I could afford to, for all my health concerns. I came to understand that it was acupuncture treatments that helped me to feel my best both physically and emotionally. It became and remains my self-care safe-space.
Acupuncture has helped me put two auto-immune conditions (Celiac and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) into remission, and a number of related problems like leaky gut, multiple food sensitivities, joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, ovarian cysts, and headaches. Holistic healthcare has enabled me to achieve a level of vitality and strength I didn’t previously know was possible.
So, in trying to plan my dream job and lifestyle (my dream job was to be an International Human Rights lawyer), I was narrowing down which law school to attend. However, my dream lifestyle was to be of service and help make the world a better place while working a sane number of hours and making my own schedule.
Some serious soul searching led me to decide that training as an acupuncturist and holistic health care provider would be the more fulfilling path to realizing my dreams. While acupuncture seems in sharp contrast to human rights legal work, in truth, it is just another modality for me to heal and harmonize what is stressed, injured, or out of balance. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
The happy ending: I can live in a place that I love (Boulder, CO), feel creatively and intellectually challenged, and live my passion by cultivating health and happiness in my community and the world — one person at a time.
Why Do I Specialize in Emotional Health?
I chose to specialize in emotional health because I want people to have options besides medication. Emotional health symptoms are a sign, just like physical pain, that something is out of balance and needs attention.
I grew up with two psychologist parents. Therapy was never stigmatized, and emotional health has always been as important as physical health. I struggled with anxiety since childhood, with bouts of intense mood swings and depression. I’ve taken medication for anxiety, depression, and ADHD. In hindsight, I know that underlying chronic health conditions were a major factor in my emotional distress. I also know that the medications prescribed by psychiatrists did more harm than good.
A combination of acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle changes allowed me to become medication-free, and find resilience towards life’s stress. Of course, I still feel anxiety, fear, sadness, and the whole spectrum of human emotion. The difference is these emotions aren’t a constant overwhelming presence. Emotions pass quickly, and I have tools to manage them when they feel stuck. Intense emotions are like waves on the ocean, and we can dive below them where the water is calm, instead of being swept away.
I believe that successful acupuncture implies a partnership that empowers both patient and practitioner. I deeply appreciate your trust in inviting my support on your journey to wellness as your Boulder acupuncturist and holistic healthcare provider.