I am a Boulder resident, acupuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. I am passionate about helping others, serving my community, and enjoying the outdoors.
I moved to Boulder in 1999, started my health career in 2003, received a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree in 2012, and have been practicing East Asian medicine ever since.
I first encountered acupuncture as a patient in 2006. I was impressed with the results I experienced, and became inspired to share the gift of health with others. In 2020, I will be coming "home:" moving my practice to the exact building where I first encountered acupuncture as a patient years ago!
After four years and over 3,400 hours of training, I opened my first office in Boulder. Offices in Broomfield and Denver soon followed. I returned to Boulder full time in 2015.
Practicing Chinese medicine is immensely gratifying, allowing me to help others achieve their health goals, overcome illness and injury, and do so in a natural, effective, and holistic manner.
I am continually advancing my studies and skills, and integrate current research with ancient traditions to provide the most effective treatment.
I look forward to working with you toward your health goals.
Education and Certifications
University of Colorado, Boulder: 1999-2003
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Women's Studies
Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder: 2008-2012
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, 3400 hours
National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: 2012-present
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies: 2012-present
Facial Rejuvenation Certifications
2011: Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture
2016: Facial Cupping
Orthopedic Acupuncture and Injection Certifications
2004: Injection and Phlebotomy Certifications
2017: Acu-point Injection Therapy
2018: Advanced Acu-point Injection Therapy
2019: Orthopedic Treatment Strategies
It is my goal to work as a team with each patient, to understand your unique needs and work with you toward healing. This means that no two patients are treated alike, and each treatment is customized based on your specific needs and present state
As a result, treatments may include a variety of acupuncture styles and modalities to best meet your needs. These range from very gentle or non-needle techniques such as pediatric shonishin, light therapy, and Japanese-style acupuncture. More stimulating modalities include trigger point release ("dry needling"), and injection therapy. Other techniques such as cupping, gwasha, and electroacupuncture can be performed in both gentle and stronger capacities.
Each treatment incorporates the very best of holistic care: the elegant simplicity of natural medicine and the effectiveness demonstrated through clinical research.
True healing occurs when the patient and practitioner share the same vision about the nature of the illness and the steps to address it, and both are engaged in the healing process. You will be supported and empowered as an active participant in your own health.
The heart of my practice is you--the patient. I believe strongly in providing compassionate, effective, patient-centered care. This is demonstrated in each treatment, and in other ways such as reduced fees for low income patients and evening hours.
"I get by with a little help from my friends" --The Beatles
Just as one symptom cannot exist in isolation from the rest of the body, neither can one person exist successfully in isolation from community.
Giving back and supporting local organizations is key to ensuring a healthy and thriving community.
I have supported community in years past through volunteering in Jamestown and Longmont following the 2013 flood, and at the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.
Beginning in 2020, I will host a monthly community donation day: I will donate my time, and 100% of money received from treatments booked that day will go toward a local charity or organization. You choose how much to give.
(Note: no insurance billing on donation days.)