Guided by the wisdom of your body, we use the power of Chinese medicine to promote healing and allow you to realize your greatest potential in your health and in your life.
I was born and raised locally in Silver Spring, Maryland. I graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School before attending Indiana University. At IU I was on the varsity swim team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in Economics. After college I worked in the field of accounting and finance for several years before I felt called to make a change.
By the age of 26, both of my parents had passed away. My life stretched before me like a giant highway with an unknown destination, and I didn't even have a map. I was lost. I happened to hear a radio program that featured a practitioner of Chinese medicine. He spoke about the importance of creating balance, relaxation and restoration using acupuncture, Tai Chi, breathing exercises and meditation. I knew immediately that this balance was missing in my life, and I wanted to learn more.
It wasn't easy to find a Tai Chi class in those days, but I kept experiencing moments of synchronicity that nudged me along the path towards Chinese medicine. A chance meeting led to an introduction to a Tai Chi instructor from the Hung Tao Choy Mei Academy in Washington, DC, and then in Florida I met an acupuncturist who informed me that a school of Chinese medicine was only 15 minutes away from my home in Maryland. My best friend, whom I have known since kindergarten, was with me at that moment. She turned to me and declared "That is exactly what you should do." In that moment I laughed, but it was a nervous laugh, the kind when you realize that something serious is about to transpire. My first step was to receive acupuncture treatment, and gradually I found the strength and courage to make big changes in my life.
In 2003 I finally began my formal studies in Chinese medicine at the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, now called Maryland University of Integrative Health. After receiving a Master of Acupuncture degree I continued my studies at MUIH where I completed an accredited program in Chinese Herbal Medicine. Currently I am adjunct faculty, supervising student practitioners. I am licensed to practice acupuncture in Maryland and Virginia. I have office locations at The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine in downtown Silver Spring, and in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA.
Every day I am humbled and honored to carry forth the tradition of this ancient medicine. I am grateful to the many wonderful mentors and teachers who have helped me develop my skill as a competent and compassionate healer. I hope that my patients and students will be inspired, as I am every day, by the powerful practice of Chinese medicine.
I live in Arlington, VA, with my husband, 2 step-sons, and Simon the cat.