I became interested in holistic health therapies, and acupuncture specifically, after struggling with an untreated thyroid condition for several years. After my first session of acupuncture, I came away with a sense of calmness and wellbeing that I had not felt in a such a long time. I decided right then and there that I had to learn this medicine! I graduated from Dongguk University of Los Angeles in 2001 and have been practicing since 2002.
My first career was teaching, and I have over twelve years of experience teaching both children and adults with developmental disabilities. I am also a reading specialist, and work with struggling readers, and have recently taught as an adjunct professor at several local community colleges. I am constantly finding new ways to integrate and apply what I have learned in my holistic healing journeys to my teaching practices, such as mindfulness in reading and learning, and using acupressure to help increase focus and concentration.
After dedicating my practice on pain management for many years, I decided to narrow my focus, and concentrate on treating neurological conditions using scalp and facial acupuncture. I believe acupuncture has much to offer patients with neurological conditions, or who are experiencing the aftermath of a stroke. My previous teaching experience with children with developmental and physical disabilities has fueled my passion to help patients with cerebral palsy, speech challenges, and other developmental issues.
In addition to my private practice, I have also worked closely with treatment centers that focus on addiction recovery and mental health. I enjoy this work immensely, and believe that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has much to offer in this field. For the last 15 years, I have worked with the integrated treatment program at Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, providing acupuncture for clients in recovery. In addition, I have provided services for several other treatment centers, providing both group and individual acupuncture treatments focusing on mental health and recovery.