After spending my childhood in Baltimore, I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies, with a focus on ancient Greek language and archaeology. My first foray into Chinese medicine was a paper I wrote in my History of Science class during my first term at college: "Is Acupuncture A Science?" I concluded that it was, according to its own parameters. I received a good grade on the paper, so I suppose my professor agreed with
or at least appreciated my argument.
Having traveled extensively in the U.S. and Western Europe during childhood and college, I decided after graduation to explore new horizons and teach English in Japan. I lived in Kyoto for a year, where I experienced traditional Asian herbal medicine firsthand.
When I left Japan and traveled in Asia and New Zealand, I started to feel an urgency to find my professional life path. I returned to the U.S. and, after reading a book on the benefits of acupuncture, knew that acupuncture was "it."
After time spent on a farm in Maine
and teaching at an alternative school there, I enrolled in the Traditional Acupuncture Institute
[now Maryland University of Integrative Health], one of the oldest accredited acupuncture schools in this country. Ironically, the Institute was located not far from where I grew up. After a rigorous 2½ -year program which included a 1½-year clinical internship, I graduated in 1996 with a Master of Acupuncture degree and opened a private practice in Maryland.
In early 1998 I came to western Massachusetts to do a month-long training to become a yoga teacher. One of my classmates lived on Cape Cod, and after visiting her and her family I decided to move to the Cape. In June 1998 I began practicing acupuncture and teaching yoga in Chatham.
In January 2000 I decided to train in Chinese herbal medicine. Over the course of three years I commuted to Amherst to study in the 2,000-hour White Pine Healing Arts Chinese herb program. The program covered many areas in-depth, including mental disorders, obesity, digestive conditions, pediatrics and cancer. Because my teacher’s specialty is gynecology, a large part of the training encompassed women’s health: menstrual problems, pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, and various gynecological disorders. We were exhaustively trained in Chinese medical diagnosis and herbal formula prescription, to be tailored to the individual patient’s needs.
The White Pine program greatly enhanced my understanding of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have worked hand in hand for more than 2,000 years to promote health in their recipients, and I am thrilled to be able to offer both modalities to my patients.
I am licensed by the Medical Board of
Massachusetts and nationally certified in both acupuncture and
Chinese herbal medicine by the National Commission for the
Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.