I profoundly enjoy practicing and studying holistic medicine. My sessions are informed not only by my training in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, but also by my experiences as a mother of two, a former community/education programs administrator, a volunteer counselor in public health, a humble gardener, nature wanderer, musician, anthropology/theatre major(s), and fermented food enthusiast.
I graduated from UC Berkeley with my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and from San Francisco State University with a master’s degree in Theatre. I went on to earn my master of science in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Before becoming an acupuncturist, I worked in an art museum for 11 years. For 3 of those years, I volunteered every Thursday night as a counselor at the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, as well as the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco. Initially, I started exploring Chinese medicine out of intellectual curiosity, not really intending to become an acupuncturist…But within the first couple weeks of a class, the calling was evident.
I am analytical and intuitive. I love to listen, to understand whatever it is my client needs and also discern the root causes. I strive to empower my clients with information about my assessment and treatment decisions, as well as provide simple tips for lifestyle shifts, food recommendations, and appropriate referrals.
In our everyday lives, many if not most of us are chronically multi-tasking in one way or another. I have set up my practice to be a simple, one-client-at-a-time, casual space. My goal is that when we meet for our sessions, both of us focus on helping you feel better.