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My Story

I have been practicing acupuncture and herbal formulation since 2007.  I am a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in both CA and AZ.  Additionally, I am certified in Functional Medicine through The Institute of Functional Medicine, the most prestigious and respected Functional Medicine training available.  I completed my Doctorate and Masters of Science degrees in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine at the Acupuncture Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA.  


I started my healing journey at the young age of 20 when I first experienced esoteric acupuncture, and began a meditation practice.  I sought out treatment in an effort to alleviate migraines, which not only eradicated my headaches, but also changed the way I felt in my body and the way I saw the world.  Soon to follow was yoga and eastern philosophy studies.  I completed hatha and kundalini yoga trainings from Yoga Phoenix and the Expanding Light at Ananda. 

Currently I am teaching graduate students diagnosis at PIHMA, Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, and supervise students in the school clinic.  


My style is grounded in meditation, with an easy, gentle touch.  Recently, I sold my busy acupuncture clinic in Grass Valley, CA and have previously owned acupuncture clinics and taught yoga in Scottsdale, AZ, Solana Beach, CA, Oakland, CA, and Vilcabamba, Ecuador.  


BA from Mills College
MS from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC)
DAIM, Doctorate in Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine from AIMC
IFMCP, Institute for Functional Medicine - Certified Practitioner
Blood Chemistry Analysis with Dr Dicken Weatherby
Kundalini Yoga Instructor from Yoga Phoenix, Levels 1, 2, with Level 3 Mind and Meditation


Beyond my schooling I learned herbal formulation theory with Lonnie Jarret, Jimmy Chang, and
Genieve LeGoff.  I appreciate and use concepts from Dui Yao and Kampo.  I will use other herbs from different
cultures and traditions on occasion, but my expertise is TCM.

Clinical Internships


  • HAART Methadone Clinic for Addiction

  • LifeLong low income clinics in Oakland and Berkeley, CA

  • Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Clinic for low income Women

  • California Pacific Medical Center Stroke Rehab

Other Influences

  • Balance Method with Dr. Richard Tan, OMD. L.Ac.

  • Pediatric Trainings with Robin Ray Green, L.Ac. and Raven Lang, L.Ac.

  • Fertility, Pregnancy, Labor Prep, and Post-Partum Care acupuncture protocols with Claudia Citkovitz L.Ac. and herbal formulations with Geneieve LeGoff, L.Ac.

  • Five Element Clinical Integration with Lonny Jarrett, L.Ac.

  • Classical Japanese Acupuncture with Ikeda Sensei of Shikoku, Japan.

  • Esoteric Acupuncture with Alison Clarke-Daly, L.Ac., Australia

  • Facial Rejuvenation with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L.Ac., Barbara Berger, L.Ac., Michelle Gellis, L.Ac.

  • Pulse and Herbal Training with Drs. Jimmy Chang and Robert Doane, OMDs, and L.Acs.

  • Internal Medicine and Fertility with Dr. Nancy Rakela, OMD, L.Ac.

  • Western Internal Medicine with Drs. Robert Belknap and Denise Davis

  • Yogic training with Self Realization Fellowship, Kundalini Yoga, Ananda Yoga, and Siddha Yoga.

  • Sat Nam Rasayan training with Hari Das, Mimi Trotter, holding presence with equanimity

  • Raja Yoga Energy hands on healing with Martin Feisst, a cross between cranio-sacral and Reiki

  • Vedic Astrology, self taught, and Joni Patry’s University of Vedic Astrology

  • BaZi Elemental Analysis with compatibility training from Dr Richard Tan, OMD, L.Ac.

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