What keeps you engaged in your profession? My patients of course! In order to treat each patient to the best of my ability, I must be engaged. Each case is a reminder of the depth and complexity of this medicine which stems from a centuries-long history of acupuncture and results in an ever expanding playing field of learning, educating and evolving. I am also an active member of the local acupuncture professional association (AOMAM), which keeps me abreast of everything acupuncture on a statewide and national level.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? My love for my family, friends, animals, work, fresh air, and good food.
What kind of clients do you like working with most? I like working with all sorts of people, but the qualities I most appreciate in a patient are patience, the desire to learn and the willingness to think critically about lifestyle, health and quality of life. The patients that get the most out of this type of medicine are those willing to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. They are honest. They are ready for change.
What conditions/health patterns do you like to work with most? Issues such as chronic constipation, menstrual disorders, nausea, and weakened immunity all respond extremely well to treatments. I enjoy working in internal medicine because I feel acupuncture and herbal therapies are particularly effective in this area. I have also worked successfully with patients with emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression, PMS/PMDD and stress. I am passionate about providing a treatment that can help bring balance, calm the mind, and nourish the heart.
What are you currently working on in your professional life? Right now I am studying the Balance Method as taught by Dr. Richard Tan. The balance method teaches that I can, for example, treat pain in the left foot by needling the right hand, and that I can ease shoulder pain by needling the hip or the ankle. It is a fascinating system for treating musculo-skeletal disorders. My plan is to travel to Chicago this summer for a four-day workshop taught by Dr. Tan himself.
Tell us about a time you really connected with a client/patient and/or went above and beyond to meet his/her needs. I feel like I try to do this with every patient. To me going above and beyond is to listen, see, and feel to the best of my abilities in order to get at the heart of the problem. It is adapting to the needs of my patient. It is altering my treatment if what I am doing is not helping and trying something new. It is making a house call if there is no way for the patient to get to the office. It is arming the patient with knowledge and providing the support they need to utilize that knowledge. It is empathy. It is compassion. It is approachability.
What is your favorite breakfast item/vegetable/meal? I am a huge fan of greens. Collard greens are my ultimate favorite, but kale, mustard greens, swiss chard and spinach all rank very highly. They are so versatile, easy to cook and pack a strong nutritious punch. What could be better?
What is your favorite beverage? Water. No… green tea. No… coffee. No… green tea. No…water…. I think that covers it.
How do you spend your free time? This is so varied, but one common denominator is doing things with my family and friends! My husband, 12 year old daughter and I all do karate which is a great family adventure. My husband and I also have been taking Tai Ji Chuan classes for many years. One of my favorite social things to do is to cook and share meals, laugh and come together with friends. I love movies, art museums, theater and eating out. My family is the proud owner of a pop-up camper and property up north, so camping and spending time in the woods is a summer priority. And to top it all off, we have a dog, two cats and two rats which add a lot of entertainment and laughter to our lives as well as many trips to the dog park and pet store.
How do you celebrate living in your body? I reward my body by eating good food and being active. Each summer we become members of a local farm through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and are blessed with a box of home grown vegetables each week. I also share an urban community garden plot in my neighborhood and grow vegetables to supplement our CSA. Nothing celebrates life better than getting your hands dirty from picking green beans off the vine, and eating fresh picked collards!
What do you look for in a health care practitioner? I look for respect, attention and compassion. I look for a practitioner that takes the time needed to understand why I am there, the challenges I may have encountered prior to my appointment, and what the best way is to treat me.
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